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South Africa will hope history sides with them as they try to break the 2019 WC duck

1992: Kirsten, Pringle destroy West Indies

South Africa came into the game after a hard-fought loss to Sri Lanka in the final over. By now they had lost two and won one of their three games. Kepler Wessels and Co. moved to Christ Church to take on West Indies. Richie Richardson won the toss and opted to bowl, hoping to make good use of the grass cover on the pitch, which was termed to be pretty hard.

Facing the likes of Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall on a pitch that had bounce is not an easy task, but Peter Kirsten held one end tight and scored a fifty to keep the scoreboard moving. The Windies bowlers collectively chipped in, while South Africa scraped to 200/8, thanks to 20s from most of their batters.

It was a modest total, but South Africa themselves had a potent attack with names likes Allan Donald, Meyrick Pringle in their line-up. Brian Lara was in red-hot form with two fifties already in three games opening the batting. However, Jonty Rhodes took a spectacular catch around his bootlaces and short while later Pringle trapped Richardson plumb in front, while Carl Hooper and Keith Arthurton edged to Wessels in the cordon.

In no time, Pringle reduced West Indies to 19/4 and they could not recover from the blow, despite a valiant fifty by Gus Logie.

1996: South Africa get the C-word

West Indies had barely sneaked into the knockouts as one of their two wins came against Zimbabwe and even lost to Kenya. A win against Australia in their final league though held them in good spirits. They were up against a rampant South African side, who won all their five games. It is easy to understand who were the favourites going into this quarter-final clash in Karachi.

Richie Richardson won an important toss and batted. Runs on the board in a big game is the way to go they say and Brian Lara yet again led from the front, this time with a magnificent 94-ball 111. Shivnarine Chanderpaul too gave him good company and scored a fifty as the Windies posted a healthy 264/8.

The target was not a big deal for the in-form Proteas. Fifties from Andrew Hudson and Daryll Cullinan got them to commanding 118/1. Jimmy Adams spun his magic and got rid of both, before accounting for a stubborn Hansie Cronje too. Roger Harper then delivered the killer blow. Jonty Rhodes, Brian McMillan and Steve Palframan were dismissed in a space of 2 runs and South Africa spectacularly messed up, what looked like a smooth sail to the semi-final. They had won everything until this point, but lost the most important and game.

2003: Lara special lifts West Indies; South Africa understand importance of over-rate

The Newlands stadium in Cape Town was packed to the rafters. The World Cup visited South Africa for the time. Nelson Mandela was present. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. West Indies opted to bat, but Shaun Pollock sent early jitters into their dressing room dismissing Wavell Hinds and Chris Gayle. At 7/2, with the crowd loud and right behind the Proteas, it looked ominous for the Windies.

But there was Brian Lara at one end. Alongside Chanderpaul, he slowly steadied the innings. The going was at snail's pace and they only had 67/2 on the board in 25 overs. Then came the spectacular acceleration. Lara took 78 balls to complete his fifty, but the second came off 43 balls. Ricardo Powell's unbelievable hitting - 40 off 18 balls - and Ramnaresh Sarwan's onslaught 15-ball 32 - meant West Indies posted 278/5, 211 of those coming in the last 25 overs and the duo even smashed Pollock for 23 runs in an over.

The start of the reply was pretty good from South Africa as Gary Kirsten notched up a fifty opening the innings. But they succumbed to pressure. It was 160/6 in the 33rd over as the Windies took wickets at regular intervals. South Africa had Lance Klusener though, the man who almost took them to the final four years ago.

Klusener got decent company from Mark Boucher, before he farmed the strike alongside Nicky Boje. With 8 runs needed off 4 balls, Klusener mistimed a full to hand, while Makhaya Ntini holed out a couple of balls later. Boje crossed over and hit a boundary last ball, but it was far too late. So late was the bowling from South Africa that they were docked an over, which left them ruing as they needed only 4 more and had a wicket in hand. Both teams indeed put out a great spectacle for the inauguration of the 2003 World Cup.

2007: ABD's maiden ODI hundred pushes West Indies close to exit

West Indies had lost all three Super Eight games. South Africa's defeat to Bangladesh gave them a lifeline as wins in their remaining games would help them progress. Kieron Pollard made his ODI debut as Lara made three changes and opted to field, looking to make use of early moisture to get early wickets. Corey Collymore had Graeme Smith caught behind and the Proteas crawled to 36/1 in 10 overs.

It all seemed nice for the hosts, but the experienced Jacques Kallis pounced on Dwayne Bravo as soon as he was brought on and smashed him for 18 runs in an over. AB de Villiers, opening the batting, too upped the pace and the fifty was raised in 58 balls. Chris Gayle broke the stiff 170-run stand as Kallis was out for 81. De Villiers completed his hundred off 114 balls, but pummelled 46 runs in his next 16 balls before departing for 146. South Africa muscled 152 runs in the last 11 overs as Boucher made an unbeaten 23-ball 52.

The West Indies couldn't handle the pressure of a big chase and were reduced to 119/4. Sarwan though fought valiantly and made a 75-ball 92, while he found a surprised support from Daren Powell, who scored 48 runs off 36 balls. The target was well beyond West Indies' reach and the loss meant they needed South Africa to lose both their remaining games to have an outside chance of progressing further in the tournament. Eventually, Brian Lara ended his career without a World Cup.

2011: South Africa off the mark in style

The pitch had been relaid at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla after an ODI between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned due an unfit, dangerous pitch because of bounce in 2009. The ICC had cleared the ground to host games for the 2011 World Cup and this was the first international game since the clearance. Graeme Smith, unsure of how the surface will behave and with dew in mind, opted to field and included three spinners.

He also opened the bowling with spin and got rid of Chris Gayle in the very first over. Darren Bravo and Devon Smith steadied the innings and shared a 111-run stand for the second wicket. They capitulated to Imran Tahir's wrist spin he rocked the middle-order, before getting help from a reverse-swinging Dale Steyn to clean up the lower-order. South Africa too faltered early in their chase as Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, but de Villiers ensured the going was smooth from there on and finished unbeaten on 107.

2015: Record breaking De Villiers gives record win for South Africa

South Africa were coming from a heavy defeat at he hands of India. At the toss, AB de Villiers termed the loss "embarrassing," but quickly picked himself up to say, "We need to work hard today to get a good foundation to allow the middle-order to free up at the end." He opted to bat on a batting beauty at the SCG. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis did what the captain asked for - both scored 60s and set the base. In walked AB de Villiers in the 30th over with 146/3 on the board.

De Villiers got his eye in and took off as soon as the batting powerplay was enforced after 35 overs. He completed his fifty off 30 balls and was unflinched when Rilee Rossouw - who also made a fifty - and David Miller departed. He raced to a hundred off just 52 balls in the 48th over - the second fastest World Cup hundred ever. But he didn't stop. He took a special liking to his counterpart, of whom he muscled a whopping 64 runs in his final two overs, thereby giving Holder the infamous record of second most expensive figures (1/104) in World Cups. De Villiers recorded the fastest ever 150 (off 64 balls) in the history of the game.

409 was too big a target even though West Indies amassed 373 in their previous game against Zimbabwe. Kyle Abbott got two wickets in his first two overs and Imran Tahir was took hot to handle as he became the first South African spinner to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups. The Proteas' 257-run win was the joint-highest victory margin by runs in the mega event.

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