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South Africa just fell short of the World Cup final (©GettyImages)
South Africa just fell short of the World Cup final (©GettyImages).

Allan Donald vs AUSTRALIA (1999 World Cup)

Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham hosted one of the greatest cricketing climaxes of all time when South Africa and Australia faced each other in the 1999 World Cup final.

Batting first, the Aussies set the Proteas 214 to win, which they closed in on in the final over.

Earlier in the tournament, Steve Waugh’s side had won with two balls to spare, and it was with the same game time elapsed that this match also finished. Requiring nine from
the last six deliveries, with only one wicket remaining, the South Africans started well, hitting consecutive fours.

Lance Klusener kept the strike, and only required one more run to seal a spot in the final. The third delivery of the over was a dot, but Allan Donald was nearly run-out as he backed up his batting partner.

The decisive delivery saw Klusener pick out Mark Waugh at mid off. Despite having two balls in hand, he chanced a run. Unlike his previous strike, Donald wasn’t prepared to get going, and as the striker made his way down the track, the tailender remained rooted
to the spot.

Donald eventually dropped his bat as he scrambled to get home, but it was to no avail. South Africa had once again choked in the closing stages of a major tournament, paving the way for Australia to win the World Cup with an eight wicket win over Pakistan.

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