Australia won the 1999 WC.

It was a dominating performance by the Australian team as they defeated Pakistan in the finals of 1999 World Cup played at Lords, London on 20 th June.

After a rain delay for 30 minutes, Pakistan captain Wasim Akram won the toss and decided to bat first.

Saeed Anwar played some lovely strokes while Wajahulltah Wasti was struggling against the Australian bowlers. Glenn McGrath provided the breakthrough dismissing Wasti for 1. In the next over, Damien Fleming dismissed Saeed Anwar to leave Pakistan at 21 for 2.

Ijaz Ahmed and Abdul Razzaq kept the Australian bowlers at bay for some time. Tom Moody broke the partnership dismissing Razzaq for 17. Razzaq and Ijaz added 47 runs for the 3 rd wicket.

In the next over, Shane Warne got Ijaz Ahmed to put Pakistan under severe pressure at 77 for 4.

The Australian bowlers did not allow the Pakistani batsmen to score runs easily and bowled them out for a paltry total of 132 in 39 overs. Ijaz Ahmed was the top scorer for Pakistan with 22.

Chasing a paltry total of 133 runs to win, Adam Gilchrist took the attack to Pakistani bowling line up and made the job easier for the Australian team. On the other hand, Mark Waugh also played with positive intent making. The explosive left-handed batsman Gilchrist reached his fifty off 33 balls.

Pakistan finally got the breakthrough as Saqlain Mushtaq dismissed Gilchrist for 54. The Australian openers added 75 in 10.1 overs. Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh kept the scoreboard ticking making sure that Australia is on course for a resounding win.

Waugh and Ponting added 37 runs for the 2 nd wicket. Darren Lehmann hit the winning runs to help Australia win the match by 8 wickets with 179 balls to spare.

For his match winning spell of 4 for 33 in 9 overs, Shane Warne was named the man of the match. Australia 133 for 2 in 20.1 overs (Gilchrist 54, Waugh 37*, Wasim Akram 1/41, Saqlain Mushtaq 1/21) beat Pakistan 132 in 39 overs (Ijaz Ahmed 22, Shane Warne 4/33) by 8 wickets.


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