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Sunday, June 13, 1999 Published at 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK

Waugh saves Aussies

Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa hit a stunning century in their defeat against Australia

SA 271-7 off 50 overs Aus 272 off 49.4 overs
Aus win by 5 wickets

A magnificent Steve Waugh century rescued Australia from the brink of defeat and secured them a place in the World Cup semi-final in a thrilling encounter at Headingley.

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With Ricky Ponting and Michael Bevan providing the support, Waugh beat off the cramp to crack his second one-day international century in just 93 balls.

Ironically, Australia and South Africa will now meet again at Edgbaston on June 17 in the semi-finals, with Pakistan taking on New Zealand 24 hours earlier at Old Trafford.

The Proteas had to overcome a rejuvenated Shane Warne in this vital Super Six match but a customary late flourish to their innings from South Africa - 39 off 36 balls from Jonty Rhodes and 36 off 21 from Lance Klusener-left the Australians facing an almighty task to stay in the competition.

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Opener Gary Kirsten had rattled off 21 in an opening stand of 45 but his drive towards backward point was spectacularly caught by Ricky Ponting to give Paul Reiffel the first wicket of the day.

His partner Gibbs, who continued his magnificent form following his 91 against New Zealand in the previous match, recovered from the loss of Kirsten to reach his second one-day century in the 44th over, before he was eventually bowled by Glenn McGrath.

[ image: Match winner Steve Waugh runs to congratulate Ricky Ponting]
Match winner Steve Waugh runs to congratulate Ricky Ponting
The only good news Australia could draw from the South African innings was the return to form of leg-spinner Warne, who shrugged off his shoulder problems, to concede just 33 runs in his 10 over spell. taking two crucial wickets in Daryll Cullinan and skipper Hansie Cronje in the space of three balls.


Cullinan had made a significant contribution to the innings with his first half-century of the tournament but after riding his luck, he was eventually dismissed by the inspired Warne for 50.

Gibbs then finally succumbed to a McGrath yorker after a splendid innings in which he scored 101, but the Proteas ploughed on with Jonty Rhodes and Lance Klusener adding 88 in the final 10 overs to re-assert the Proteas authority.

[ image: Tom Moody had his figures destroyed in South Africa's final few overs]
Tom Moody had his figures destroyed in South Africa's final few overs
Australia were set a score of 272 off their 50 overs, the highest reply in the tournament so far, if they were to remain in the competition.

Anything else would have meant that Waugh's men would be catching an early flight home and surrender their semi-final spot to Zimbabwe.

However, despite a shaky start to their innings, Steve Waugh's heroic contribution ensured that the Australians booked another meeting with South Africa in the semi-final of the World Cup.

Australia had been stung by the early loss of Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh and were struggling on 97 for three after 25 overs, needing 175 runs at seven an over to pull off a victory.


But the game swung on one astonishing incident when Waugh chipped a comfortable catch to Gibbs at short mid-wicket.

[ image: Ricky Ponting helped Steve Waugh and Australia to a semi-final spot]
Ricky Ponting helped Steve Waugh and Australia to a semi-final spot
Gibbs, who is regarded as one of the finest fielders in the world, seemed to have pouched the catch but allowed it to slip free as he went to flick it into the air in celebration.

Gibbs stared in dismay at the ball as it fell to his feet. Waugh, set to walk, scurried back into his crease.

Thirty runs were needed off five overs, 15 off two and seven off the last six balls.

And despite his leg cramp, Waugh, who along with Ponting had caned spinner Nico Boje and captain Cronje, hit the final few runs and received a standing ovation from his own team-mates after almost single-handedly booking the Australians a semi-final spot.

Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh (capt), Michael Bevan, Damien Martyn, Tom Moody, Shane Warne, Paul Reiffel, Damien Fleming, Glenn McGrath.

South Africa: Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Daryll Cullinan, Hansie Cronje (capt), Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Nico Boje, Steve Elworthy, Allan Donald.

Super Six: South Africa v Australia
13 Jun 99 at Headingley

Australia beat South Africa by 5 wkts Scorecard correct at 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK

Australia 272 for 5 (49.4overs)
South Africa 271 for 7 (50overs) , overs completed

Australia innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
ME Waugh run out 5 9 - -
AC Gilchrist b Elworthy 5 7 1 -
RT Ponting c Donald b Klusener 69 110 5 2
DR Martyn c Boje b Elworthy 11 20 1 -
SR Waugh not out 120 109 10 2
MG Bevan c Cullinan b Cronje 27 33 2 -
TM Moody not out 15 16 2 -
Extras 0b 6lb 7w 7nb 20
TOTAL: 5 wkts, 49.4 overs 272

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (6 Gilchrist, 6 mins), 2-20 (14 Waugh, 42 mins), 3-48 (28 Martyn, 11 mins), 4-174 (126 Ponting, 89 mins), 5-247 (73 Bevan, 47 mins)
Still to bat: S K Warne, P R Reiffel, D W Fleming, G D McGrath

Bowler O M R W
S M Pollock 9.4 0 45 0
S Elworthy 10 1 46 2
A A Donald 10 0 43 0
L Klusener 10 0 53 1
W J Cronje 7 0 50 1
N Boje 3 0 29 0
South Africa innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
G Kirsten c Ponting b Reiffel 21 46 3 -
HH Gibbs b McGrath 101 134 10 1
DJ Cullinan b Warne 50 62 4 1
WJ Cronje lbw b Warne 0 3 - -
JN Rhodes c Waugh b Fleming 39 36 2 2
L Klusener c Warne b Fleming 36 21 4 1
SM Pollock b Fleming 3 4 - -
MV Boucher not out 0 - - -
Extras 0b 7lb 8w 6nb 21
TOTAL: 7 wkts, 50 overs 271

Fall of wickets: 1-45 (45 Kirsten, 54 mins), 2-140 (95 Cullinan, 77 mins), 3-141 (1 Cronje, 1 mins), 4-219 (78 Gibbs, 50 mins), 5-250 (31 Rhodes, 13 mins), 6-271 (21 Klusener, 11 mins), 7-271 (0 Pollock, - mins) Did not bat: N Boje, S Elworthy, A A Donald

Bowler O M R W
G D McGrath 10 0 49 1
D W Fleming 10 0 57 3
P R Reiffel 9 0 47 1
T M Moody 8 1 56 0
S K Warne 10 1 33 2
M G Bevan 3 0 22 0

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: S Venkataraghavan, P Willey

South Africa
G Kirsten , H H Gibbs , D J Cullinan , W J Cronje (capt) , J N Rhodes , S M Pollock , L Klusener , M V Boucher (wkt) , N Boje , S Elworthy , A A Donald ,

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

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