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Top 5 game-changing run-outs of all time

S Samaddar
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Among the many modes of dismissals (excluding the rarely occurring ones like timed out, handling the ball or obstructing the field), the run-out is perhaps the most unfortunate one. Firstly, such a dismissal is not down to a batsman's core skills and in addition to that, more often than not, it can be perfectly avoidable, unless of course it in search of a desperate run.

Over the years, international cricket has seen hundreds of run-outs but some of them have proven to be famous for a variety of reasons. Those run-outs have not only proven to be match-turning but have gone on to shape the fortunes of the teams who suffered them for years to come.

Here is a look at five game-changing run-outs that will never be forgotten by cricket fans.

#5 Justin Kemp v India, ICC World T20 2007, Durban

Justin Kemp's run-out against India in the league game at Durban in the 2007 World T20 put the final nail in the coffin for South Africa in a rather forgettable game. Chasing 154 for victory, South Africa were reduced to 12-3 in the 3rd over and an innings from Kemp was their last chance of salvaging the game.

However, in the 6th over, he was done in by a genuinely brilliant piece of fielding by Rohit Sharma. Boucher had driven a delivery firmly towards cover and both batsmen had set off for the run, but Rohit gathered the ball with one hand and then hit the stumps directly at the wicket-keeper's end to send Kemp back.

With that, South Africa's prospects in the World T20 at home were over.

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