However, just like 1992 semi-final the controversial Duckworth Lewis once again played a major role in ousting the Proteas from the ongoing mega event.

In 1992 semi-final against England, chasing a victory target of 252, South Africa was cruising but Rain interrupted play for 12 minutes with Proteas were 231/6 off 42.5 overs and the over limit was reduced to 43 overs with the target reduced by 1 to 252.

South Africa then needed an impossible 22 off 1 ball which obliviously Proteas failed to score.

In Tuesday game, once again Duckworth Lewis spoiled South Africa's chances. The AB de Villiers side were heading for a huge score when heaven opened at the Auckland.

South Africa was at 281/5 for in 43 overs with de Villiers playing on his personal score of 65 when rain stopped the match.

With de Villers was in prime form, South Africa could have easily scored another 70-80 runs in the remaining seven overs.

New Zealand, which chased down the revised target of 298 in 42.5 overs, would have been found hard to achieve a target of more than 350 runs in a World Cup semi-final.

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