Having played a massive role in taking South Africa into the final, Kallis won them their first - and to date only - ICC title with a match-altering spell of bowling. Having chosen to field, South Africa ran into a marauding Philo Wallace, who smacked 103 of 102 balls. When Hansie Cronje dismissed Wallace, West Indies were 180 for 4 with more than 15 overs left and a set Carl Hooper at the crease, and 300 seemed possible. Kallis, though, had other ideas. West Indies lost their last six wickets for 52 runs in 11.3 overs, and Kallis took five of them, including three lbws. Chasing 246, South Africa won with three overs to spare, with Cronje guiding them home with an unbeaten 61. Kallis played his part with the bat too, scoring 37.
With their twin heartbreaks against Australia still to come, South Africa were looking the side to beat at the 1999 World Cup. Describing their 74-run Super Six win over New Zealand, Wisden wrote that South Africa "looked like raging bulls determinedly charging along the road to the final". Kallis was the architect of that win with bat and ball. Coming in at 187 for 2, after Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs had put on 176 for the first wicket, Kallis applied the brutal finishing touches to South Africa's innings, smashing three sixes in an unbeaten 53 off 36 balls and putting on 54 in 31 balls with Hansie Cronje. And he wasn't done by any means. Opening the bowling as New Zealand began their chase of 288, Kallis dismissed both openers to finish with figures of 2 for 15 in six overs.
By the time the final match of their tour rolled around, West Indies were sick of Kallis, who had scored four centuries in the Test series and another in the first ODI. Now, in the fifth ODI, he broke West Indian hearts for the final time on their tour, and in most gut-wrenching manner. With rain ensuring there was no result in the third ODI, West Indies came into the match with a chance to level the series 2-2. With Chris Gayle scoring 152, they began brilliantly, scoring 304 for 2 in their 50 overs. But they still weren't Kallis-proof.
Lasith Malinga's astonishing four-wicket burst had gone on to overshadow everything else that happened in this match, but Kallis' 86 was as effective as South Africa sneaked a one-wicket win in their first Super Eights game at the 2007 World Cup. Charl Langeveldt's 5 for 39 had sent South Africa on their way, as Sri Lanka, having chosen to bat first, were bowled out for 209.
Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo