Australia Vs South Africa , Birmingham 1999 World Cup

South Africa’s uncanny ability to blunder at the most crucial of times(Alan Donald in this instance) makes them a team of phenomenal interest in limited overs cricket. Image Credits: Espncricinfo

Probably in the most heart-breaking ODIs of all time, South Africa tied with Australia in that famous Semi-final of the 1999 World Cup at Edgbaston, only to be left soul-crushed as the Aussies went through to the final on the account of bettering the Proteas in the group-stages. Chasing a paltry 214 to win, the Proteas were well on course at 145/4, when Paul Reifel struck to remove the well set Jonty Rhodes. This triggered a minor collapse as South Africa lost 4 wickets for 43 runs and was left with 16 to get with just a wicket in hand. What followed later was a Klusner special before that in-famous single denial in the last over. However the Proteas forever would rue their mini-middle collapse which toppled them out of the race for ultimate glory.

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