#4 India vs South Africa, Champions Trophy 2002 Semi Final, Colombo
Having carried the haunting memories of 1999 World Cup, the Proteas once again failed to get rid of the ‘chokers’ tag in ICC events. Batting first in the crucial semi final, India managed to put up a decent 261 on the score board with major contributions from Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh.
Zaheer Khan got rid of Graeme Smith in the 2nd over of South African innings, while Herschelle Gibbs was off to a flyer. South Africa were marching on at 192/1 in the 37th over, when Gibbs went out retired hurt with a cramp. He virtually took away South Africa’s fortunes, as wickets started tumbling at regular intervals.
Jacques Kallis held one end, but none of the batsmen including Dippenaar, Rhodes, Boucher and Klusener accompanied him. India eventually restricted South Africa to 251 and sealed the ticket to final. Besides, Yuvraj’s flying catch at short fine leg was the highlight.Published 12 Jun 2017, 10:27 IST