Blasts from the past: Neymar runs riot against 2014 Bafana
Today in SA sports history: March 5
1992 — SA, recently back from international isolation, take on the mighty West Indies for the first time, facing off in a World Cup match in Christchurch, New Zealand. Having lost to New Zealand and Sri Lanka in their previous two outings, expectations were not overly high against a side brimming with legends Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Carl Hooper, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and a young Brian Lara. SA were put into bat first and Peter Kirsten scored 56 to steer SA to 200/8. Then the SA bowlers turned West Indian as they dismissed their opponents for 136. Meyrick Pringle took 4/11 and Allan Donald 1/13 and Richard Snell 2/16.
2005 — Jacques Freitag, the reigning world high-jump champion, improves the SA record to 2.38m in Oudtshoorn.
2011 — Kaizer Mabuza is stopped in the seventh round by US star Zab Judah for the vacant IBF junior-welterweight title in Newark.
2014 — Bafana Bafana suffer their worst defeat as they go down 0-5 to Brazil in a friendly at FNB Stadium. Neymar scored a hat trick on the night, running through the SA defence as if they weren’t there in a match that was the final fixture of the South American nation’s world tour ahead of them hosting the World Cup later that year.
2018 — Australia take a 1-0 lead in the Test series when they beat the Proteas by 118 runs in the first five-dayer in Durban. The hosts needed 417 to win in their second innings, but were bowled out for 298. The only resistance came from opener Aiden Markram with 143 and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock on 83. Only one other batsman, Theunis de Bruyn, reached double figures.
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