Proteas: 20-year anniversary of THAT heartbreaking run out

Lance Klusener (Getty)
Lance Klusener (Getty)

London - Monday marked the 20-year anniversary of South Africa's heartbreaking run out in the 1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final.

There is not a South African sports fan who doesn't remember or at least know the story of the Allan Donald and Lance Klusener mix-up when the Proteas needed just 1 run off 3 balls to beat Australia to book their place in a World Cup final for the first time. 

The images of the moment it all came crashing down for the Proteas have been played countless times, and exactly 20 years later South Africa find themselves on the verge of World Cup elimination once more. 

It may not be as dramatic as in 1999, but if South Africa lose Wednesday's clash against New Zealand in Birmingham - the same venue as their heartache 20 years ago - they will almost certainly not qualify for the 2019 semi-finals. 

Lungi Ngidi, who was just three-years-old back then, has been passed fit and will play against the Black Caps on Wednesday, and he insists that what happened in 1999 doesn't count for anything now. 

"When you look at that game, it was crucial for the guys at that stage," the 23-year-old speedster said.

"I don't think that it has had any effect on us now.

"It's a new tournament for us and if we are going to keep looking back at things that have happened, I don’t think that is going to help us move forward.

"We've got another game to play at this field and we're looking to win. We haven't been focusing on anything other than the game plan we have to win the tournament."

Play on Wednesday starts at 11:30 (SA time). 

@LloydBurnard is in England covering the 2019 Cricket World Cup for Sport24 ...

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