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South Africa Team World Cup History
South Africa was banned indefinitely from international cricket in 1970, owing to the apartheid policies of its government. The ban was lifted in 1991 and South Africa entered the Cricket World Cup for the first time in 1992.

1992 World Cup

The world was still a stranger to South African team's abilities when the latter entered the World Cup in 1992. Whatever must have been other teams' estimation of the South African side, nobody expected it to reach the semi-final like it did.

South Africa effected major upsets to build its way into the world cup; it defeated teams like Australia, India, Pakistan and West Indies. The semi-final was a beginning of a jinx that still surrounds South Africa. The match was between South Africa and England. A target of 252 runs was set by England before South Africa. Going into the chase, South Africa needed 22 runs off 13 balls when rain stopped play. Since Duckworth-Lewis method was not introduced yet, South Africa was left with a ridiculous situation of scoring 21 runs of 1 ball.

1996 World Cup

South Africa made a spirited start in the. It topped Pool B, without a single defeat. The was set against the much weakened West Indies; things look propitious for South Africa to repeat the 1992 World Cup entry into the semi-final and even beyond. All such expectations were incinerated by the rage West Indies was in after an ignominious defeat against Kenya. South Africa lost against West Indies by 19 runs- a sad end to an impressive start.

1999 World Cup

In this World Cup too, South Africa topped the Group A table in the league matches. In the semi-final, South Africa was to play against Australia. Given to bat, Australia was bundled out by some wonderful bowling by Allan Donald and Pollock, to a total of 213. South Africa too was stopped exactly at 213. The match was awarded to Australia by the virtue of the fact that it had beaten South Africa in the super-six matches.

2003 World Cup

The World Cup turned out to be a disappointing one for South Africa. Perhaps such are the gestures obligated by the duty of being the host nation, South Africa made a graceful exit in the first round itself and let the stage open for the visiting teams to vie among themselves for the World Cup. gives information on South Africa Team World Cup History and other Team Profiles.

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