The biggest turnaround in a cricket match till date

India vs South Africa at Colombo for the 2002 Champions Trophy semi Final.

India batted first and scored a respectable 261/9 in their allotted 50 overs, with Sehwag and Yuvraj contributing with fifties, while Dravid chipped in with a 49.

The target was pretty achievable with the likes of Gibbs, Smith and Kallis in the opposition. South Africa started briskly and Gibbs reached his hundred at almost run a ball. At 192/1, Gibbs, who was struggling with the humidity decided to retire hurt knowing he has done his job. At that point South Africa required just 70 of 78 balls with a well-set Kallis on the crease.

Perhaps, this was the break the Indian team needed as the fortune started to favour them immensely.

There was suddenly energy in the field. They began to take some outstanding catches

Yuvraj taking a blinder to dismiss Jonty Rhodes.

South Africa started doing what they do best i.e. choking. Wickets started tumbling regularly. They needed 21 of the final over which was bowled by Sehwag. With Kallis hitting the first ball for monstrous six, the match was still alive. However, he top-edged the second ball and the match was all but over with the scorecard reading 247/5. South Africa ended up making 251/6 in their 50 overs.

Scorecard: 1st SF: India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Sep 25, 2002 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

India went into the finals where the trophy was eventually shared between India and Sri Lanka since the match was washed out twice.


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