Cricket World Cup Unforgettables – Australia v South Africa, 1999 This must be the best ever match performed in a world cup. The 2 groups resumed their intense battle towards each other from simply 5 days earlier than after they had performed out an in depth encounter within the Tremendous Six stage of the match. Australia had prevailed on that day, beating the South Africans with simply two balls to spare, helped in no imply phrases by an unbeaten century from their tenacious captain Steve Waugh. That was additionally the match through which Gibbs dropped Waugh early on in his innings and supposedly induced the now well-known “You simply dropped the world cup, mate” remark from the Australian captain.
Australia had a shaky begin to their world cup marketing campaign and got here into the Tremendous Six stage having to win all their matches in an effort to make it to the semifinals. They’d misplaced their 2 preliminary group matches to each Pakistan and New Zealand. To make issues worse these two groups had been Australia’s fellow qualifiers from their group. Because of this Australia began off the Tremendous Six stage with no factors, realizing that nothing in need of victory in all their remaining matches alone would take them into the semi-finals. Australia did simply that and with some fashion.
Australia batted first and promptly misplaced Mark Waugh within the first over itself to Shaun Pollock. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist placed on a 51 run partnership earlier than Ponting departed within the 14th over. Australia then misplaced the wicket of Darren Lehman in the identical over. Steve Waugh walked in together with his facet in hassle at 3 for 58. His troubles had been much more accentuated when Gilchrist obtained out with the rating at 68 within the seventeenth over.
As has been the attribute of his whole profession, Steve Waugh then began a rearguard fightback as solely he can. It’s unimaginable to think about another batsmen you’ll wish to be within the center when your workforce is in disaster. No different participant should have rescued its workforce as a lot as Steve Waugh has within the historical past of cricket. Right here he placed on an outstanding 90 run partnership with Michael Bevan (arguably the best ODI participant within the recreation’s historical past). earlier than Waugh departed together with his personal private rating at 56.
What adopted was some very good piece of bowling by the South African spearheads Donald and Pollock. They picked up the remaining Australian wickets one after the other with Bevan standing helplessly on the different finish. Solely Shane Warne offered dome token resistance placing on 49 runs with Bevan. Bevan was the final man out for 65 and Australia was bowled out for 213 with 4 balls nonetheless to spare. Pollock and Donald completed up with figures of 5/36 and 4/32 respectively.
The South African innings began off steadily. The opening pair of Gibbs and Kirsten made a stable 48 in 12.2 overs. Then the magician Shane Warne obtained into the act. The ‘Wizard of Oz’ gave such an excellent exhibition of spin bowling that on the time it appeared unimaginable that South Africa would ever get better from its results. Warne teased and bamboozled out 3 fast South African wickets, together with a controversial one in every of Hansie Cronje. Cronje was given out when replays clearly confirmed that the ball had come off his boot. The South African trigger was not helped by the run out of Daryl Cullinan and the South Africa was left teetering at 61 for 4.
As with the Australian innings earlier South Africa too went by means of a interval of consolidation by means of a gritty partnership between Rhodes and Kallis. They took the rating to 145 when Rhodes departed attempting to up the tempo. However Kallis and Pollock continued to take the rating ahead earlier than Shane Warne got here again to make one final affect on the sport. He eliminated Kallis and gave little or no runs away within the slog overs. In the long run his figures learn 10-4-29-4.
The match nevertheless was not over but. Klusener got here out and began belting the ball everywhere in the park as he had executed all through the match. He would in a while be voted essentially the most helpful participant of the match. Klusener would have taken the sport away from Australia had he obtained some assist from the opposite finish. Sadly South Africa stored shedding wicket earlier than they discovered themselves with solely Allan Donald and Klusener left to face the final over of the match.
This was probably the most astounding remaining overs within the historical past of the sport. South Africa wanted 9 runs off the final 6 balls with Klusener at strike and Fleming was the bowler. The primary two balls had been bludgeoned for boundaries and South Africa seemed sure to romp dwelling. However cricket is performed as a lot within the thoughts as it’s on the sphere. Steve Waugh utilized extra strain to an already strain cooker like ambiance by bringing the sphere in.
Fleming bowled the following ball and Donald, South Africa’s most skilled participant, backed up too far on Klusener’s push to mid-on and solely Darren Lehmann’s underarm throw on the stumps saved him as he scrambled again. This appeared to have fused out Klusener’s thought course of as effectively. For off the very subsequent ball Klusener pushed the ball to mid off and set off for a dangerous run. Why he did so when he nonetheless had two extra balls to face continues to be a thriller. Anyway he did set off for the run and within the ensuing chaos of the scenario Allen Donald didn’t hear his accomplice’s name for the only. He due to this fact began off late for the run. Mark Waugh scooped the ball and threw the ball at Fleming. Donald in the intervening time was attempting desperately to make his floor sans his bat, which he had misplaced within the confusion. Fleming collected the throw from Waugh and rolled it alongside the pitch to Gilchrist who simply ran out Donald. Australia exploded right into a spontaneous celebration and the ache etched on Klusener’s face was coronary heart breaking. The match was a tie!!!
Australia went into the ultimate because it had crushed South Africa within the league stage and the match guidelines specified that in case of a tie, an earlier outcome must be taken into consideration.