The Craziest World Cup Semi-Finals of All Time

Yesterday’s World Cup Semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa saw the South Africans suffer yet another heartbreaking defeat in a World Cup Semi-final.

South African born Grant Elliot smashed the second last ball of the 43rd and final over (bowled by Dale Steyn) into the stands of Eden Park in Auckland to help the Black Caps register a brilliant win and qualify for the final for the very first time.

We take a look at three other Semi-finals that saw quite a rather dramatic end to proceedings

South Africa v/s England, World Cup 1992 Semi-Final 

The 1992 semi-final was heading towards a rather tense finish with South Africa needing 22 runs from their last 13 balls to defeat England and book their place in the final at their very first attempt. However, the bleary Sydney skies opened up and after 12 minutes of rain and the crazy rain rules ensured that the match ended in a farcical way with the Proteas requiring 22 runs off a single ball

India v/s Sri Lanka, World Cup 1996 Semi-Final

The 1996 semi-final saw India taking on Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. India started off brightly while bowling first dismissing both Sri Lankan openers for a low score. However, a belligerent knock from Aravinda de Silva, left India shell shocked and Sri Lanka ended up with 251 on the board. India started off brilliantly, but Sachin’s dismissal with the score on 98 saw India collapse losing 7 wickets for 22 runs. The Eden Gardens crowd then vented their fury at the players tossing water bottles onto the ground and burning chairs which led to match referee Clive Lloyd abandon the match and give the victory to the Lankans

West Indies v/s Australia, World Cup 1996 Semi-Final

The match between the West Indies and Australia was quite a nail biting affair. Australia got off to a horrendous start losing their first 4 wickets with just 15 on the board. However, a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 138 between Michael Bevan and Stuart Law helped them reach 207/8. In reply, the West Indies were cruising at 167/2 in the 42nd over before Chanderpaul’s dismissal triggered a collapse which saw the West Indians losing by just 5 runs despite the best efforts of captain Richie Richardson.

South Africa v/s Australia, World Cup 1999 Semi-Final

South Africa once again found themselves missing out on a place in the final despite not the fact that they didn’t lose the match. The match is remembered for the run out of Alan Donald, who ended up attempting to reach the other end having lost his bat while trying to respond to a suicidal run call from his partner Lance Klusener.

Dennis Abraham James

Content Editor @ProdNote

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