South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2003 World Cup, Durban

The South African faces once again tell the story of their World Cup debacles. Image Credits: Espncricinfo

South Africa makes most of these lists with yet another thriller, this time in their own backyard in Kingsmead, Durban in the 2003 World Cup group game against Sri Lanka. Needing 230 to get from 45 over under the D/L method, South Africa were once again on course at 124/2, when the well set Gibbs retired hurt, followed by the wickets of Jacques Kallis and Boeta Dipenaar in quick succession, as they found themselves in a spot of bother at 149/5. However, the duo of Boucher and Pollock rescued them, but not until rain interruption disrupted the tempo and the momentum gained by the Proteas. As Pollock got run-out, Klusner joined Boucher and a sense of deja-vu appeared. Boucher then struck Muralitharan for six to reach 45 not out and he then failed to score from the last ball of the 45th over, which became the final delivery of the match. Looking up at the D/L score sheets the Umpires declared the game to be a tie and South Africa was left to lick their wounds of despair once again.


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