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#6 2003 World Cup - A miscalculation in the Duckworth-Lewis method knocks South Africa out

Mark Boucher played a calculative knock under difficult circumstances
Mark Boucher played a calculative knock under difficult circumstances

Hosts South Africa took on Sri Lanka in a must-win match in the 2003 World Cup. Batting first, Marvan Attapattu's century took SL's total to 268. Chasing a stiff target, SA got off to an impressive start. Yet, the Sri Lankan spinners kept taking wickets in the middle overs.

Mark Boucher and Shaun Pollock stitched together a 64-run partnership to bring SA within touching distance of the target. The match was taking place with a slight drizzle of rain for few overs which grew heavier when Pollock was run-out.

At the end of 44th over, Boucher got the message from the dressing room that the score should be 229 at the end of 45th over to win provided they don't lose any more wickets. Boucher smashed a six off the penultimate ball and started celebrating as the score read 229/6.

The celebration was short-lived as it then came to light that Boucher miscalculated by a run and now the scores were tied. The entire nation was in despair as Boucher's decision to just play out a dot in the final ball of Muralitharan's over knocked them out of the World Cup.