If that was not enough, three years later, a suicidal run from Lance Klusener when South Africa needed just one run with one wicket remaining resulted in a tie and Australia sneaked into the final due to better net run-rate.
The ghost of the World Cup again came back to haunt them at home in Durban in 2003 when needing just one run to win the rain-affected match against Sri Lanka, Mark Boucher defended the final ball, miscalculating the Duckworth-Lewis target.
So given their past, Smith's men would hope that lady luck smiles on them and they don't do anything foolish and spoil their World Cup dreams.
In Image: South African cricketer Hashim Amla, left, is bowled at by three of South Africa's spinners, Robin Peterson, second left, Colin Ingram and Johan Botha during a practice session
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