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South Africa was a hit away from a convincing win, with five wickets in hand and Kallis on the crease nobody would have expected that the Proteas end up winning it in quite embarrassing fashion.
The Match no. 26 of the ICC World Cup was arguably the most talked about match of the tournament. Sri Lanka batting first put a decent total on board after a middle-order collapse owing to Langeveld's impressive bowling. The Lankans, after being reduced to 98 for 5 managed to post 209 on board 0thanks to individuals fifties by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Russel Arnold. Charl Langeveldt took a fifer including wickets of Jayasuriya and Jayawardene.
Chasing 210, The Proteas lost Mr. 360 AB Devilliers after Chaminda Vaas dazzled him with an exceptional reverse swing. Jacques Kallis paired up with the skipper Graeme Smith and added 94 to the total. Meanwhile, both completed their respective half-centuries. Mutthai Murlidharan strived to bring back Lankans in the game as he scalped three wickets dismissing the partial top order.
Jacques Kallis, on the other kept the end going as Proteas stood in front of a victory with five in hands. Lasith Malinga storm arrived in the 45th over of the game. With just two balls remaining Malinga dazzled Shaun Pollock with a brilliant yorker and deceived Andrew hall with a slower full toss as Tharanga grabbed a sitter at the cover. With a hattrick ball and Kallis, Malinga bowled an impeccable fuller as Kallis failed to connect and Sangakkara took a brilliant catch to complete Lasith Malinga's hattrick. The Yorker sensation stunned Makhaya Ntini with a ripper.
All of a sudden, the equation was subverted. From 206 for 5, South Afica was diminished to 207 for 9. The consequence of this wonderful few minutes was high at stake, with a just a wicket in hand three runs never looked that big to any Proteas fan but Robin Peterson fortunately edged the ball as it took south Africa to an thrilling yet unconvincing win.
Regardless of the result, this match served as a testament to the true and undying potential of limited over format. Lasith Malinga took 338 ODI wickets in the 226 internatonal matches, he retired in 2019 from One Day International cricket.