On this day: 25 years ago...

2017-03-08 14:18

Cape Town - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is today really the 25-year anniversary of Jonty Rhodes' famous run out of Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq at the 1992 Cricket World Cup?

After Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bowl, South Africa posted 211/7 in their alloted 50 overs at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Due to rain, Pakistan's revised victory target was 194 in 36 overs for victory.

Coasting to the win at 135/2, up stepped the world's greatest ever fielder.

Stationed in his customary point position, Rhodes picked up the ball, sprinted towards the stumps and in what can only be described as a Superman-esque dive, demolished all three stumps.

Ul-Haq was stranded centimetres short, out for 48 off 44 balls.

Pakistan would go on to end their innings on 173/8, giving South Africa victory by 20 runs.

Massive kudos to West Indies umpire Steve Bucknor who was brave enough make the decision. What a gigantic 'non-event' it would have been had he, without the help of the third umpire at the time, given the Pakistani star 'not out'.

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