Blast from the past: Historic heartbreaker for Proteas

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Blast from the past: Historic heartbreaker for Proteas

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Today in SA sports history: April 23

1992 — SA cricket captain Kepler Wessels and Peter Kirsten resume with SA on 122/2 and needing just 79 runs more for victory on the final day of the first test against the mighty West Indies in Bridgetown – the first time the sides had met. Wessels is on 74 and Kirsten 36. But then disaster struck. Courtney Walsh, who hadn’t taken a wicket in the first innings, dismissed Wessels for the addition of one more run. Kirsten reached his half-century before being bowled by Walsh, but the last seven of SA’s batsmen contributed just eight runs as they collapsed to 148 all out to lose by 52 runs. The last eight wickets fell for 25 runs. Walsh finished with 4/31 and Curtly Ambrose 6/34.

1998 — Lance Klusener takes five wickets as the Proteas thrash Pakistan by nine wickets at Newlands to win the final of the ODI triangular tournament that also featured Sri Lanka. The visitors were bowled out for 114 in 37.1 overs. Opener Gary Kirsten batted throughout the reply, which lasted all of 27.4 overs, top scoring with an unbeaten 52...

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