In 1992, South Africa made a spectacular journey to the World Cup semifinals, their maiden appearance in the tournament’s history. They won five matches in the round-robin stage, including victories over world champions Australia and probable champions Pakistan, while losing three. Their amazing run, however, was cut short by an unusual rain rule.
South Africa qualified for the semifinals after finishing third in their group, and they were set to face England. England amassed 252 for six, thanks to Graeme Hick’s booming 83 and Dermot Reeve’s 25 off 14. South Africa got off to a good start, and despite no half-centuries, scores of 46 from AC Hudson and 36 from AC Kuiper kept them in the game.
The Proteas needed 22 from the final 13 balls to defeat England at the Sydney Cricket Ground before the game was called off due to rain. After a 10-minute rain delay, the players were summoned, and the target was cut to 22 from 1 ball using the Most Productive Overs approach.
The English team eventually won the match by 19 runs, but were defeated in the final by Pakistan. However, South Africa’s spectacular comeback from international isolation because of the anti-apartheid struggle was cut short by a stupid and controversial law.