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Sunday, June 20, 1999 Published at 20:36 GMT 21:36 UK

World Cup glory for Australia

Warne celebrates his first wicket, as Ijaz Ahmed is clean bowled

Pakistan 132 all out (39 overs).
Australia 133-2 (20.1 overs).
Australia win by eight wickets.

Pat Murphy: "It was a comprehensive victory for Australia"
Australia have been crowned cricket's world champions, with a thumping victory over Pakistan in the World Cup final at Lord's.

Steve Waugh's side needed just 20 overs to race to a modest target of 133, as what had seemed a mouth-watering showdown turned out to be a huge anticlimax.

Leg-spinner Shane Warne was again the star for Australia, snaring four wickets as Pakistan folded in alarming fashion.

[ image: Adam Gilchrist smacks a quickfire 50 to settle any Australian nerves]
Adam Gilchrist smacks a quickfire 50 to settle any Australian nerves
Man of the match Warne, written off as a spent force before the World Cup, finished with 20 wickets for the tournament - equalling the record mark set by New Zealand's Geoff Allott just last week.

Much had been made of the clash between Pakistan's flamboyant side and the battle-hardened Australian outfit.

But the game could never match the drama of the astonishing semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

The Aussies are a remarkably resolute team and, inspired by Thursday's victory at Edgbaston, they polished off the Pakistan batting in thoroughly professional style.

It is the second time they have won the World Cup, following their success in 1987.

Shoaib suffers

The target for the Australia may have been low, but Pakistan possess a formidable bowling attack and they would have fancied their chances of making the batsmen battle their way to victory.

However, openers Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh ensured there would be no hiccups. Gilchrist, who has struggled with the bat throughout the tournament, found his form in timely fashion, blasting a half-century from 33 balls.

[ image: Saeed Anwar plays on to Damien Fleming as the rot sets in]
Saeed Anwar plays on to Damien Fleming as the rot sets in
And Waugh added an unbeaten 37 as the win was secured with more than half the 50 overs remaining.

Fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar were unable to make an early breakthrough and Pakistan were handicapped by some sloppy fielding.

The wickets of Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting proved to be mere consolations, as Wasim's deflated team failed to match their achievement in the 1992 World Cup.

Wonder Warne

Donna Symonds: "Pakistan are in a spot of bother"
Earlier Warne produced another fine display of leg-spin to take four wickets as Pakistan were destroyed in just 39 overs.

It was a dismal effort with the bat from Pakistan, who had won the toss after overnight rain had delayed the start for 30 minutes.

[ image: Aussie all-rounder Tom Moody took two surprising wickets]
Aussie all-rounder Tom Moody took two surprising wickets
Ijaz Ahmed top-scored with the bat with just 22 - but he was eclipsed by the 25 extras - as the Pakistanis seemed to forget the golden rule of innings-building: occupying the crease.

The batsmen failed to build partnerships, with only Ijaz and Abdul Razzaq providing any resistance with 47 for the third wicket.

Together the pair seemed to have taken Pakistan into safety from the perilous position of 21-2. But when Abdul, who had been dropped in farcical fashion by Glenn McGrath, was dismissed by a diving Steve Waugh at extra cover it sparked a procession of wickets.

Warne wove his magic - with Ijaz skittled by a particularly mesmerising delivery - to rip the heart out of the middle order.

Much was expected of attacking batsmen like Saeed Anwar, Inzamam and Moin Khan - but shot selection was poor throughout the team and the Australians were delighted to see a series of inspirational individuals trudging back to the pavilion.

Inzamam was somewhat unlucky to have been dismissed caught behind when he seemed to have made no contact, but Pakistan can have few complaints.

Pat Murphy: "Pakistan are all out and have real task on their hands"
Warne's efforts secured his reputation as arguably the greatest leg-spinner the game has ever seen.

But this was no one-man show and it was an excellent all-round display in the field from Australia.

Paceman McGrath unleashed another fiery opening spell, claiming two for 13 to finish the competition with 18 wickets.

[ image: Damien Fleming celebrates the wicket of Saeed Anwar]
Damien Fleming celebrates the wicket of Saeed Anwar
And there were three world class catches, from the Waugh brothers and Ricky Ponting, as Pakistan's batsmen succumbed to the tense situation.

The Aussies showed that their two tough matches against South Africa had not left them struggling mentally or physically - despite intimations to the contrary from Wasim in the build-up to the match.

Instead it was Pakistan, so often derided as being inconsistent, who folded when the pressure was on.

Final: Pakistan v Australia
20 Jun 99 at Lord's

Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wkts Scorecard correct at 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK

Australia 133 for 2 (20.1overs)
Pakistan 132 all out (39overs)

Australia innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
ME Waugh not out 37 52 4 -
AC Gilchrist c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Saqlain Mushtaq 54 36 8 1
RT Ponting c Moin Khan b Wasim Akram 24 27 3 -
DS Lehmann not out 13 9 2 -
Extras 0b 1lb 1w 3nb 5
TOTAL: 2 wkts, 20.1 overs 133

Fall of wickets: 1-75 (75 Gilchrist, 48 mins), 2-112 (37 Ponting, 29 mins)
Still to bat: S R Waugh, M G Bevan, T M Moody, S K Warne, P R Reiffel, D W Fleming, G D McGrath

Bowler O M R W
Wasim Akram 8 1 41 1
Shoaib Akhtar 4 0 37 0
Abdul Razzaq 2 0 13 0
Azhar Mahmood 2 0 20 0
Saqlain Mushtaq 4.1 0 21 1
Pakistan innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Saeed Anwar b Fleming 15 17 3 -
Wajahatullah Wasti c Waugh b McGrath 1 14 - -
Abdul Razzaq c Waugh b Moody 17 51 2 -
Ijaz Ahmed b Warne 22 46 2 -
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Gilchrist b Reiffel 15 33 - -
Moin Khan c Gilchrist b Warne 6 12 - -
Shahid Afridi lbw b Warne 13 16 2 -
Azhar Mahmood c & b Moody 8 17 1 -
Wasim Akram c Waugh b Warne 8 20 - 1
Saqlain Mushtaq c Ponting b McGrath 0 4 - -
Shoaib Akhtar not out 2 6 - -
Extras 0b 10lb 13w 2nb 25
TOTAL: 39 overs 132

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (21 Wajahatullah Wasti, 19 mins), 2-21 (0 Saeed Anwar, 5 mins), 3-68 (47 Abdul Razzaq, 61 mins), 4-77 (9 Ijaz Ahmed, 17 mins), 5-91 (14 Moin Khan, 13 mins), 6-104 (13 Inzamam-ul-Haq, 15 mins), 7-113 (9 Shahid Afridi, 5 mins), 8-129 (16 Azhar Mahmood, 25 mins), 9-129 (0 Wasim Akram, - mins), 10-132 (3 Saqlain Mushtaq, 11 mins)

Bowler O M R W
G D McGrath 9 3 13 2
D W Fleming 6 0 30 1
P R Reiffel 10 1 29 1
T M Moody 5 0 17 2
S K Warne 9 1 33 4

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: S A Bucknor, D R Shepherd

Saeed Anwar , Wajahatullah Wasti , Ijaz Ahmed , Inzamam-ul-Haq , Abdul Razzaq , Moin Khan , Wasim Akram , Azhar Mahmood , Shahid Afridi , Saqlain Mushtaq , Shoaib Akhtar ,

M E Waugh , A C Gilchrist (wkt) , R T Ponting , D S Lehmann , S R Waugh (capt) , M G Bevan , T M Moody , S K Warne , P R Reiffel , D W Fleming , G D McGrath ,

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