New Delhi. South Africa had a big chance 23 years ago today and that chance was to win the ODI World Cup. Australia and South Africa were face to face in the Super League match of the 1999 World Cup. Australia got a target of 272 runs to win and the problems for South Africa increased due to the drop of a catch. The catch was dropped by Steve Waugh and was missed by Herschelle Gibbs, one of the legendary fielders. Waugh played an unbeaten 120 in that match and was adjudged the player of the match. Australia later went on to become world champions for the second time and South Africa had nothing but to grieve.
There is an English proverb – Catches win Matches means that matches are won by taking catches. It sat perfectly on 13 June. herschel gibbs Not only was he a former explosive opener of South Africa, as well as he was counted among the best fielders in the world. Gibbs took 108 catches in 244 ODIs but luck was probably with Steve Waugh that day. The discussion of leaving that catch of Gibbs is still discussed today. What that catch was missed, South Africa’s dream of becoming the world champion remained unfulfilled, which has not been fulfilled till date.
The Super League match of the 1999 World Cup was played at Headingley. The South African team was one of the strong contenders, with legendary players like Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jonty Rotts, Hansie Cronje, Lance Klusener, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock. Batting first against Australia in the match, South African team scored 271 runs for 7 wickets in 50 overs. Opener Herschelle Gibbs played an excellent innings of 101 runs in 134 balls. At the same time, Daryl Cullinan contributed 50 runs. Jonty Rhodes scored 39 and Lance Klusener 36.
The start of the Australian team, chasing the target, was very poor. Adam Gilchrist was bowled by Steve Elwardy after scoring 5 runs while Mark Waugh was run out on a personal score of 5. Damien Martin also could not do anything special and after scoring 11 runs, he kept walking on the ball of Elvardi. In this way Australia’s first 3 wickets fell to the score of 48 runs. anymore Ricky Ponting And Captain Steve Waugh took over. Both shared a 126-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
When Steve Waugh was playing on a personal score of 56, he missed a simple catch from Gibbs in his hand to bounce fast. At the same time, Waugh told Gibbs – friend, you have dropped the World Cup. After missing the catch, Waugh scored a century and returned unbeaten after giving victory to the team. Waugh hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in 110 balls in that match. Australia won this match by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
In the semi-finals, both Australia and South Africa once again clashed with each other. Luck was not with the African team and the match was tied. Australia reached the final on the basis of better run rate. If Gibbs had caught Steve Waugh, Australia would have been out after losing in the Super-6 round itself, but Australia won the World Cup for the second time by defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets in the final.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 13, 2022, 07:02 IST