Blasts from the past: Lara brushes SA aside in World Cup
Today in SA sports history: March 11
1996 — The Proteas are eliminated from their second World Cup tournament, losing to the West Indies in the quarterfinals in Karachi. Brian Lara hammered 111 from 94 balls to push his team to 264/8 against an attack missing Allan Donald and Fanie de Villiers, omitted by coach Bob Woolmer. Andrew Hudson (54), Daryll Cullinan (69) and Hansie Cronje (40) led the chase, but that was insufficient as the West Indies won by 19 runs.
2000 — Vuyani Bungu suffers the only stoppage defeat of his career when he’s knocked out by Englishman Naseem Hamed in the fourth round in London. Bungu had relinquished his IBF junior-featherweight crown after 13 defences to move up a division for a big-money crack, but he didn’t looked himself on the night and was easily dispatched by the brash “Prince” Naz.
2001 — Johan Botha, the defending 800m world indoor champion, is comprehensively beaten into second place in Portugal, losing by nearly two seconds to Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy. Botha ran 1min 46.42sec to edge Andre Bucher of Switzerland into third place, but he was well behind Borzakovskiy in 1:44.49. Borzakovskiy would go on to beat Botha’s countryman Mbulaeni Mulaudzi at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
2008 — Bafana Bafana need an own goal to sneak past Zimbabwe 2-1 in a friendly at the Germiston stadium. The visitors led from when Gilbert Mushangazhike struck in the 12th minute until Sthembiso Ngcobo equalised in the 73rd. Ngcobo’s weak effort in injury time deflected off James Matola and into the net to win the match for the home side.
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