Sydney- JP DUMINY snuck a hat-trick as Sri Lanka was bowled out for a modest 133 in the quarter-final clash against South Africa at the SCG.

The Proteas, needing just 134 to win, are firm favourites to finally get through their first ever knockout match.

Duminy’s hat-trick almost went unnoticed as the first wicket came off the last ball of his eighth over, before he struck with the first two deliveries of his ninth.

He is the eighth player to take a World Cup hat-trick and the first South African player to do so in the tournament.

Duminy’s first victim was Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews, who was caught in the slips by Faf du Plessis. His second scalp brought out an extraordinary moment of sportsmanship when Kulasekara walked after getting a faint edge despite the umpire not raising his finger.

The rout was completed when Duminy trapped Kaushal leg before for a duck.

At that stage Kumar Sangakkara was still at the crease, but with Sri Lanka already eight wickets down for just 166 runs the veteran batsman, in a strangely timed innings, left himself with far too much work to do.

It took him 16 balls to get off the mark and when he eventually decided to quickly up the run rate, he was caught in the deep by David Miller off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 45 off 96 balls.

Sri Lanka never recovered from a horror start that saw them lose both openers early on.

While the pace of Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott made the initial inroads, it was the spin of Duminy and Imran Tahir that finished the job.

Tahir picked up the vital wickets of Lahiru Thirimanne (41), Mahela Jayawardene (4) and Thisara Perera (0).

Faf du Plessis, who has been battling a back problem, was instrumental with three outstanding catches in the slips.

Courtesy: Fox Sports