AB de Villiers, South Africa skipper said he was full of confidence that his team will be crowned International Cricket Council World Cup champions on 29th March. On Wednesday the South African team reached the semi-finals with a 9 wicket rout of Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to set up a fight against either Black Caps or the West Indies.
Chasing just 134 runs to get the victory, the South Africa reached their target in the 18th over with opening batsman Quinton de Kock making an undefeated 78 runs. The proteas skipper said that he is quietly confident. He is always a positive kind of player and he always trusts in big things. He spoke to pace spearhead Morne Morkel, who loves fishing, and he said it is almost like they have got the big fish on the hook and they have got to reel it in.
He further said that they had a pretty good feeling when they came to the field. They were almost obsessed with their goal. They always knew JP Duminy would possibly have to bowl 10 overs, so for him and Imran Tahir to come on in an important level of the match and perform like that gives the spin bowlers a lot of confidence.
The output on Wednesday meant that Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara would go into their One Day International retirement without a World Cup title having played in the Sri Lanka teams which were runners-up in 2007 and 2011. Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews accepted his squad suffered massive stage fright.
He said that 130 run was not much. There were no demons on this wicket. But they did not bat well. Maybe it was nerves, they did not go for their shots and it was easily their worst performance they have done in the International Cricket Council World Cup and it happened to be in the quarter-final.
Mathews said it was a disheartening finish for his 2 stalwarts. Both Kumar Sangakkara, who will continue to play Test cricket, and Mahela Jayawardene, now terminated with all international cricket, were permitted to lead the cricketers off the field, sharing warm embraces with their proteas rivals.