Two run-outs in the space of six deliveries left South Africa reeling on Sunday, costly errors that turned the match in India’s favour. TOI takes a look at famous instances where run-outs have proved to be the game-changer in crucial fixtures…
KLUSENER VS AUSTRALIA
(SA vs Aus | 1999 World Cup semifinal)
South Africa – with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald batting – needed one run to win from three balls of the final over against Australia. Klusener mis-hit Fleming’s delivery to Mark Waugh at mid-off and took off for a single. Donald busy watching the ball and didn’t hear Klusener’s call. Both batsmen were soon at the non-strikers end and Donald then tried to attempt a run. But it was too late and the Aussies were through to the final.
DARREN LEHMANN VS VIRENDER SEHWAG
After losing Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly cheaply in their chase of 359, Sehwag steadied the ship with a gutsy 81-ball 82. A shot to mid-off, however, saw Darren Lehman scampering in and breaking the stumps, leaving Sehwag short of his ground and ending India’s hopes of a fightback.
JONTY RHODES VS INZAMAM-UL-HAQ
It remains one of the most iconic images from cricket history. Inzamam’s desperate attempt to return to his end after a mix-up with Imran Khan and Jonty Rhodes storming in from backward point, ball in hand. Instead of taking aim, Jonty launched himself into a gravity-defying, Superman dive, throwing himself at the stumps and uprooting all of it, with Inzy left just outside the crease.VIV RICHARDS VS AUSTRALIA
(Australia vs West Indies | 1975 World Cup final)
Viv may have faltered with the bat in the final, but he stole the show later with three stunning run-outs to leave Australia tottering. He first packed off opener Alan Turner and then sent back the Chappell brothers – an under-arm flick removing Ian and an astonishing one-stump direct hit to snare Greg. Australia failed to recover from the setback, handing Windies the inaugural World Cup title.ROHIT SHARMA VS TIM BRESNAN