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PAST FINALS - 1999 (Lord's)

Shane Warne & Steve Waugh celebrate
Open quote After everything we'd been through we knew it was going to be our day
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Australian bowler
Paul Reiffel



Australia v Pakistan
Date: 20 June 1999
Result: Australia won by eight wickets
Pakistan: 132 all out (39 overs)
Australia: 133 for two (20.1 overs)

Man of the match: Shane Warne

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In 1983 Lord's hosted what many anticipated would be a wholly one-sided final. Sixteen years later when the final returned to the home of cricket that is exactly what it got.

Pakistan, who had played exciting cricket throughout the tournament, never found their form when it mattered most and the match was over in less than four-and-a-half hours, the shortest final in World Cup history.

Wasim Akram won the toss and elected to bat, but his decision back-fired and none of his batsmen ever got to grips with either the wicket or the bowlers.

From the moment Wajahatullah Wasti fell in the fifth over, batsmen kept walking out to bat - and back to the pavilion - with alarming frequency.

Extras finished as top scorer with 25 runs in a 39-over innings in which each of the Australian bowlers picked up wickets, Shane Warne finishing with four.

As they had with the ball, Australia batted with utter professionalism, although admittedly they were under no real pressure.

Steve Waugh's men were given the perfect start by Adam Gilchrist who reached his fifty off 33 balls and they needed only 121 balls to reach the 133 runs needed for victory.


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