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ODI Cricket: 3 most controversial matches

New Zealand v South Africa: Semi Final - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
New Zealand v South Africa: Semi Final - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
Vishal Singh
Modified 08 Feb 2019, 13:55 IST
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Cricket is certainly one of the most popular sports in the world, there have been numerous nail-biting last ball thrillers to illustrate the unpredictability of the sport. The game has gained immense stardom and has attracted a phenomenal number of spectators after the advent of the limited overs format of the game.

Moreover, the Cricket World Cup has been a tremendous platform for the players to showcase their talent at the grandest stage against the best teams in the world. More often than not, there have been breathtaking individual performances which have not only won the game for their sides but have also grabbed eyeballs from every corner of the world.

On the contrary, though, a few poor team performances also gained controversy as their occurrence left the audience awestruck.

Moreover, on various occasions the result of the games have been controversial, primarily owing to the cricketing rules that have often been difficult to comprehend in tight circumstances. Here are the top most cricket matches that stunned the cricketing world for all the wrong reasons.

#3 South Africa vs England (1992)

The most confusing finish to a World Cup game?
The most confusing finish to a World Cup game?

The 1992 edition of the World Cup was the debut tournament for the Proteas and the talented side led by Kepler Wessels made it to the semi-finals. The semi-final game against England was affected by rain and was reduced to 45 overs per innings. The English side posted a decent total of 252 on the scoreboard, courtesy a brilliant 83 from Graeme Hick.

The Proteas in response managed to score 232 for 6, with 22 runs required off 13 balls for victory. The rain interrupted the game again and when the target was revised South Africa needed 22 runs off 1 ball as per the D/L method. The game gained immense criticism from every corner of the world.

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