1999, One of the greatest one-day match in history
On this day on June 17, 1999, one of the greatest ODI match in history held between Australia and South Africa at Birmingham.
In the second semi-final of the 1999 Cricket World Cup, the match ended in a tie after a run-out between Allan Donald and Lance Klusener. However, Australia went through to the final because of their superior run rate in the earlier Super Six.Embed from Getty Images
South Africa won the toss and elected to field. Australia managed to put up a total of 213 with Michael Bevan and Steve Waugh scoring vital half-centuries.
Shaun Pollock took 5 wickets and Allan Donald took wickets. Both of them tore through the middle and lower order picking up 9 of the ten wickets between them. South Africa began their chase steadily with Kirsten and Gibbs putting on a good opening partnership.
Meanwhile, the champion, Shane Warne became the Player Of The Match by taking 4 for 29. During the last over South Africa needed nine runs to win and through for the final. Firstly, Lance Klusener hit two boundaries in the 1st and 2nd balls to Damien Fleming.
However, in the 4th ball in the final over, Klusener went for the run. Meanwhile, Donald drop his bat and stranded mid-pitch to be run out. Unfortunately, South Africa’s dream world cup fades away in sadness.
This was the first time in the world cup history match tied.
In the final, Australia beat Pakistan and became the ICC World champions for the second time.
The Australian team won the most number of ICC World cup Trophies. Australia won 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015 ICC World Cup.