Spinner JP Duminy cherished a rare World Cup hat-trick, as South Africa bowled Sri Lanka out for a mere 133 in Wednesday’s key quarter-final fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Duminy had all-rounder Angelo Mathews caught at midwicket off the last ball of the 33rd over before dismissing tail-enders Nuwan Kulasekara and Tharindu Kaushal with deliveries one and two of the 35th respectively.
He eventually finished with ODI career-best figures of three for 29 in nine overs, bettering the three for 31 garnered against Kenya in Bloemfontein seven years ago.
‘I don’t recall taking a hat-trick at any level, not even U10, so I am very pleased with this one. I don’t think I ever even came close in the past,’ enthused Duminy.
‘It has been a long time coming, me contributing significantly with the ball. I have been working hard on the bowling side of my game. So to get nine overs in this game, with the added pressure of being the fifth bowler, means a lot.
‘I haven’t done well with the ball in past tournaments, so this is very, very pleasing. There was not a lot of purchase off the pitch. We just kept the pressure on the Sri Lankan’s and hoped they’d make the mistakes.’
Seamer Charl Langeveldt boasts South Africa’s only other ODI hat-trick, achieved against West Indies in 2005.