The mother of all mix-ups and one of the greatest games of all time: the Edgbaston semi-final between Australia and South Africa
The mother of all mix-ups and one of the greatest games of all time: the Edgbaston semi-final between Australia and South Africa © Getty Images

World Cup - 1999

The greatest one-dayer
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The 1999 World Cup will forever be remembered for the most thrilling (and heartbreaking, if you're South African) one-day game ever. It was also the first World Cup where Australia looked unstoppable - nowhere best exemplified than in the final, where they ran roughshod over Pakistan. The world's top Test team were crowned ODI leaders, uniting the two forms of cricket into one undisputed title for the first time since West Indies lost their invincibility in the last Lord's final 16 years before...

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Player Mat Runs HS Ave SR
R Dravid (India) 8 461 145 65.85 85.52
SR Waugh (Aus) 10 398 120* 79.60 77.73
SC Ganguly (India) 7 379 183 54.14 81.15
ME Waugh (Aus) 10 375 104 41.66 76.21
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 10 368 113* 40.88 72.01
Player Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ
GI Allott (NZ) 9 20 4/37 16.25 3.70
SK Warne (Aus) 10 20 4/29 18.05 3.82
GD McGrath (Aus) 10 18 5/14 20.38 3.83
L Klusener (SA) 9 17 5/21 20.58 4.61
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 10 17 5/35 22.29 4.52
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Which Test-playing nation played the only match in the competition staged at a venue in continental Europe?

a. India b. Sri Lanka c. South Africa

Warnie does for Gibbs Herschelle Gibbs was making the chase more comfortable with each ball he faced. After 10 overs Waugh was desperate. He called for Warne. Warne's opening over went for three and he had to wait for his eighth ball to strike. Drifting outside Gibbs' pads, it turned sharply past the batsman and removed the off bail. Warne roared, and Gibbs, like Mike Gatting, was silent and confused. Warne was suddenly charged to full power and Gary Kirsten and Hansie Cronje fell in his next seven balls, surging Australia back into the contest...


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'The World Cup was the start of a great era for Australia'
How We Won the World Cup: 1999, part four: Damien Fleming recalls savouring the World Cup win after an up-and-down tournament ()
'Pressure meant nothing to Warne'
How We Won the World Cup: 1999, part three: Damien Fleming describes Shane Warne's unmatchable contribution to Australia 1999 World Cup campaign ()
'Steve Waugh inspired the team through his own feats'
How We Won the World Cup: 1999, part two: Fleming on Australia's progression into the Super Six stage of the World Cup, and the role their captain played in motivating the team ()
'We had put too much pressure on ourselves'
How We Won the World Cup: 1999, part one,: Damien Fleming recalls Australia's poor start to the 1999 World Cup, and what it took to turn things around ()
'Warne dragged the team with him'
Great World Cup Performances: Ian Chappell on Australia's amazing comeback in the 1999 World Cup, all thanks to one blond legspinner ()