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In a semi-final of the 2003 World Cup at Edgbaston, South Africa were on course for their maiden place in the finals against Australia. But once bowler Shane Warne was into the attack, the Proteas lost their way. With 13 days to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, we bring to you Warne’s three classic dismissals that triggered the collapse of South Africa. (Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches) Also Read - ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Sachin Tendulkar tastes maiden World Cup triumph!
Chasing a paltry target of 213, South Africa got off to a fine start without losing a wicket in 12 overs. Herschelle Gibbs had already hit six fours and was looking solid on 30, but it was Warne’s classical leg-spin that perplexed the right-hander. Warne’s delivery spun from leg to clip the top of off-stump and provided his team a vital breakthrough. In Warne’s next over, Gary Kirsten – looking for a sweep – fell to a similar sort of delivery, which drifted from off to leg. And then two balls later Warne removed South African Captain Hansie Cronje. Also Read - Sidhu, Mongia Find Place Alongside Captain Ganguly and Tendulkar in Warne's All-Time India XI
In a space of Warne’s two overs, 48 for none became 53 for 3 and Australia were right back in the game. (Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches)
Watch how the Australian spin wizard turned the game head-on with these three deliveries.