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On this third of a five-part collection on the matches that formed the 1999 version of the World Cup, we glance again at the very best that the ultimate section of the match’s group stage needed to provide.

Johnson’s excellent all-round present – South Africa v Zimbabwe, Group A, Chelmsford
Zimbabwe certified for the Tremendous Six stage with a memorable maiden win over South Africa of their final group sport, a outcome that eradicated England.

Openers Neil Johnson and Grant Flower offered a sound base after Alistair Campbell referred to as appropriately on the toss, sharing a 65-run stand inside 14 overs. Johnson, who was the extra dominant companion, additionally added 66 with Murray Goodwin for the second wicket.

Johnson motored to 76 in 117 balls earlier than being dismissed by Allan Donald to make the rating 170/three within the 39th over. Donald (three/41) pegged Zimbabwe again with two extra wickets, guaranteeing that the whole was saved to 233/6.

Johnson additionally performed a stellar function with the ball, producing an incisive spell to derail the chase. He removed Gary Kirsten off the very first ball, thus setting the tone for a South African implosion.

South Africa crumbled to 25/four, with Johnson (three/27) additionally netting Jacques Kallis for a duck. 9 runs later, he added the scalp of captain Hansie Cronje, quickly after which Heath Streak (three/35) despatched Jonty Rhodes again to cut back the Proteas to a dire 40/6.

Shaun Pollock (52) and Lance Klusener (52*) confirmed struggle, however the harm was achieved. The innings ended at 185 within the 48th over, when Donald fell to Henry Olonga.

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Odumbe and Vadher shine in defeat – Kenya v Sri Lanka, Group A, Southampton
Although each groups had been already knocked out, this match was notable for a brand new partnership file. Sri Lanka started strongly after being put in to bat, with Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama sharing in a gap stand of 72.

Thomas Odoyo (three/56) snared three wickets to cut back the rating to 87/three, however Marvan Atapattu (52) and captain Arjuna Ranatunga (50) composedly placed on 104 for the fourth wicket.

The Kenyan bowlers once more made inroads although, and at 209/7 within the 43rd over, Sri Lanka had been in peril of being bowled out.

Nonetheless, because of a fast eighth-wicket partnership of 64 between Mahela Jayawardene and Chaminda Vaas, they completed at a formidable 275/eight. Sri Lanka’s seamers then left Kenya tottering at 52/5 within the 19th over, at which level Alpesh Vadher got here out to hitch Maurice Odumbe.

The duo went on to thrill the gang with a partnership of 161 in 29 overs, going previous the sixth-wicket ODI file of 154 set by West Indians Richie Richardson and Jeff Dujon towards Pakistan in 1991-92. Whereas Odumbe, who was later named man of the match, fell for 82 from 95 balls, Vadher remained unbeaten on 73 from 98 balls. Attributable to this effort, Kenya ensured that they batted out the overs, ending at 230/6.

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McGrath steers the Aussies ahead – Australia v West Indies, Group B, Outdated Trafford
Australia entered their final sport needing nothing lower than a win to be able to make it to the Tremendous Six. Glenn McGrath paved the way in which by gobbling three early wickets, together with the prized scalp of captain Brian Lara, to go away the West Indies at 20/three, and from thereon, there was no wanting again for the Australians.

McGrath collected two extra wickets later within the innings, which terminated at 110 within the 47th over.

McGrath’s closing figures learn 5/14, which might find yourself as the very best return on the 1999 World Cup. Wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs (49*) turned the primary batsman to hold his bat in a World Cup innings, however nobody else crossed 16.

Curtly Ambrose (three/31) and Reon King injected some life within the contest by decreasing Australia to 62/four, earlier than captain Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan got here collectively to regular the ship.

Waugh and Bevan added 49* to take Australia to a six-wicket win, however used 21 overs for the stand. The rationale for this go-slow strategy was that, with a Tremendous Six berth nearby, Australia got down to increase the West Indies’ web run-rate and stop New Zealand’s progress, as qualification for the Windies (which finally didn’t occur) would have given Australia carry-forward factors as per the foundations.

Shane Warne celebrates with Steve and Mark Waugh

Australia’s 1999 World Cup win was arrange by a blistering begin within the closing towards Pakistan. (Picture by Neal Simpson/EMPICS by way of Getty Photos)

A seminal second for the Tigers – Bangladesh v Pakistan, Group B, Northampton
The Tigers’ final fixture, towards an undefeated Pakistan, was extensively anticipated to be a mismatch, particularly after they had been inserted.

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Nonetheless, a gap stand of 69 between Shahriar Hossain and Mehrab Hossain, helped by a beneficiant variety of extras, was a harbinger of the issues to come back. Off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq took 5/35, however Bangladesh posted a aggressive 223/9 (Akram Khan top-scoring with 42).

Medium pacer Khaled Mahmud (three/31), who had earlier hit a breezy 27, did the star flip with the ball by eradicating Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik in his opening spell.

In between, Ijaz Ahmed was accounted for by Shafiuddin Ahmed with out scoring, whereas the harmful Saeed Anwar was run out in manic vogue. Pakistan had been left reeling at 42/5 within the 13th over, and a giant upset was on the playing cards.

Regardless of a sixth-wicket stand of 55 between Azhar Mahmood and captain Wasim Akram, a shell-shocked Pakistan by no means recovered from the horrendous begin, and limped to 161 within the 45th over, a lot to the jubilation of the Bangladeshi gamers and followers.

This win was the sixth in ODIs by an Affiliate aspect towards a full member, and proved to be instrumental in Bangladesh’s elevation to Take a look at standing in 2000.


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