Wills International Cup 1998-99, final

South Africa v West Indies

At Dhaka, November 1 (day/night). South Africa won by four wickets. Toss: South Africa.

Despite another blazing innings from Wallace, West Indies wilted in their second match in two days. The match and tournament turned into a triumph for South Africa's pragmatism, professionalism and adaptability, and Cronje received the trophy from Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Once again, Symcox was given the new ball, and West Indies' 15-over scoring-rate was kept to two figures -- 69 for one -- for the first time. No one could stop Wallace, who hit five sixes in a run-a-ball hundred, and put enough beef into his shots to survive the odd mis-hit. He had no support, though, and the middle order was forced to take risks against Kallis, the seventh bowler used, who finished with five for 30. Rhodes took three catches and dropped two, one hard, the other almost impossible. West Indies knew that 245 was not enough. Cullinan and Rindel put South Africa ahead of the rate; Arthurton ran them both out, and there was a moment of concern at 137 for five. But South Africa's succession of all-rounders makes it easy for them to recover, and Cronje stood firm to lead his team home himself.

Man of the Match: J. H. Kallis.

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