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Dates: 14 May 1999 to 20 June 1999

Teams: West Indies, England,India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Scotland, South Africa & Bangladesh

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Australia Won the World Cup

There is no euphemism to describe such a comprehensive victory as Australia achieved at Lord's on Sunday when their utter professionalism annihilated Pakistan: hard, tough and uncompromising.

To some they are the unsmiling giants, the true World Cup champions, making up for what they failed to accomplish in Lahore three years and four months ago; a time of torment turned around after their humiliation by Sri Lanka, the smiling, happy-go-lucky pygmies of the Test arena who rode their luck and good fortune.

It was a lesson from which Steve Waugh learnt much; the Australian psyche, noted for a mental toughness and outward exterior which was not prepared to yield a fraction of a centimetre. Not on the field in a World Cup final.

Waugh's policy of 'take no prisoners' may be a cliche to some yet it is as older than the tape on a W G Grace bat in the Memorial Museum.

In the Don Bradman era after World War 2 England long felt retribution for The Oval Test of 1938; ray Lindawall and Keith Miller were the agents of destruction while The Don and other members of the 1946/47 and 1948 teams demolished whatever bowling attack England could.

On Sunday, Waugh went for what is commonly known as 'the jugular' and Pakistan's hopes haemorrhaged so badly the body was not in a fit state to be revived. Had Hansie Cronje, the South African captain, applied similar tactics at Edgbaston on Thursday he might now be hailed as the leader of the new World Cup champions.

At Edgbaston, if you recall, Australia were a little shaky at the knees in their semi-final against South Africa. At 68 for four Australia were feeling the prickly pinch of apprehension when Waugh joined by Michael Bevan: another wicket at that stage would have just about buried a second World Cup final appearance at Lord's.

Instead of deviating from the script and bringing back Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock for a couple of overs apiece Cronje declined to read between the lines. He continued with the game plan instead of dealing in an exercise of innovation.

In Waugh's eyes there is no room for compromise on the field. He expressed this more than once during the five weeks.

'We're not here to win friends mate,' he growled at the press conference after beating the West Indies in that controversial match at Old Trafford at the end of May.

'Out job is, if we can, to win the World Cup. I am not bothered by anything else at this moment. If this tactic helps us do that (win the Worlds Cup), I am satisfied we have done the right thing..'

Waugh also had a cryptic answer ready for any question asked at the media conference. At Lord's on Sunday we had some interesting inquiries.

One came from a West Indian journalist who tried to probe beneath the hard-nosed Waugh exterior in a bid to get a view of the rugged consciousness with a polite question, the expurgated version of which is related here. Could Mr Waugh (if you please) assure the rest of the world there would now be a moratorium on such matters as sledging, bullying of opponents and general ruthlessness for which they were so well-known.

'No,' said the Australian captain in a typical unbending manner. If you think that successfully disposed of the questioner, smile a while. Would then Mr Waugh ask his players to tone down their attitude if not behaviour?

There was a shake of the head. He had already replied to the question: it was time to move on.

Why bother to answer when Australia had been as ruthless as they were going to be; tough playing field bullies who had mentally sledged Pakistan into submission. Perhaps man of the final, Shane Warne, should have answered for his captain. But 'Hollywood' preferred his skipper to turn the torture wheel a few more times to make sure words such as 'strangled the opposition' gained extra emphasis.

It was indeed the occasion for the tough Australian to stand up: the miracle workers of Edgbaston, where scraping through to the final required a Houdini survival kit which needed careful reading of the instructions. Such is the precarious lottery of the one-day game.

They had barely survived the first round and when they were finding their form in the Super Sixes there was always the impression they would fall, as had England, the West Indies, Sri Lanka , India and more cruelly South Africa.

At Lord's on Sunday it was the sharp fielding and the remarkable catching which opened old wounds in the Pakistan side and produced one of the more remarkable sights in a final: Inzamam-ul-Huq's forlorn figure slowly trudging off to the pavilion. His cherubic features creased with disbelief and agony, the batsman felt he had been betrayed.

So had the supporters inside and outside the ground as well as Pakistan and other far flung pavilions across the face of the map.

Yet the Pakistan supporter, as with any from the Asian sub-continent, carries the passion others do not normally display. Collectively they provided many of the more satisfying sights and sounds of the tournament. They celebrated success and cheered their heroes through their tears when they lost. They were brave if exuberant; they were optimistic and paraded their enthusiasm with an openness which, if at times was too much for officialdom to handle, brought a new dimension to the game.

Sri Lankans, as is largely their gentle nature, may be more conservative than the Indians, but you know both are there; Pakistan and Bangladesh supporters are perhaps more assertive when expressing their feelings, aggressive too as can be their culture.

It is what turned World Cup '99 into the tournament it became and with it gave the game a new identity. It is no longer the game exported 200 or more years ago to the former nations of the British empire or Raj. It has become the sport binding millions: whether across Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the West Indies or new territories. Hopefully the cultural forces felt in England will be further developed in 2003 when, barely into the new millennium, the next event is held in South Africa.

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Australia beat Pakistan by 8 Wickets

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.
Australia beat Pakistan by 8 Wickets
Man of the Match: SK Warne
Pakistan won the toss and decided to Bat
132 all out(32.0 overs)
133 for 2 (20.1 overs)

Pakistan Innings
Saeed Anwar   b Fleming
17 3 0
Wajahatullah Wasti c ME Waugh b McGrath
14 0 0
Abdul Razzaq c SR Waugh
b Moody
51 2 0
Ijaz Ahmed c Gilchrist b Warne
46 2 0
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Gilchrist b Reiffel
33 0 0
Moin Khan c Gilchrisrt b Warne 6 12 0 0
Shahid Afridi lbw b Warne 13 16 2 0
Azhar Mahmood c& b Moody 8 17 1 0
Wasim Akram c SR Waugh b Warne 8 20 0 1
Saqlain Mushtaq c Ponting b McGrath 0 4 0 0
Shoaib Akhtar not out
6 0 0
2nb 13w 10lb 25
all out 132

McGrath 9 3 13 2
Fleming 6 0 30 1
Reiffel 10 1 29 1
Moody 5 0 17 2
Warne 9 1 33 4
Fall of wicket
21 Wajahatullah
21 Saeed Anwar
68 Abdul Razzaq
77 Ijaz Ahmed
91 Moin Khan
104 Inzamam-ul-Haq
113 Shahid Afridi
129 Azhar Mahmood
129 Wasim Akram
132 Saqlain Mushtaq

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Australia Innings
ME Waugh not out  
52 4 0
AC Gilchrist c Inzamam-ul-Haq
b Saqlain Mushtaq
36 8 1
RT Ponting c Moin Khan
b Wasim Akram
27 3 0
DS Lehman not out  
9 2 0
3nb 1w 1lb 5
for 2 133

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
Fall of wicket
75 Gilchrist
112 Ponting

Live Cricket Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and DR Shepherd
Pakistan Team: Saeed Anwar, Wajahatullah Wasti, Abdul Razzaq, Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Moin Khan, Shahid Afridi, Azhar Mahmood, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar.
Australia Team: ME Waugh, AC Gilchrist, RT Ponting, DS Lehmann, SR Waugh, MG Bevan, TM Moody, SK Warne, PR Reiffel, DW Fleming, GD McGrath.

Summary of results

Group A: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - May 14, 1999
England won by 8 wickets. Sri Lanka 204 (48.4 ov); England 207-2 (46.5 ov).

Group A: India v South Africa at Hove - May 15, 1999
South Africa won by 4 wickets. India 253-5 (50 ov); South Africa 254-6 (47.2 ov).

Group A: Kenya v Zimbabwe at Taunton - May 15, 1999
Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets. Kenya 229-7 (50 ov); Zimbabwe 231-5 (41 ov).

Group B: Australia v Scotland at Worcester - May 16, 1999
Australia won by 6 wickets. Scotland 181-7 (50 ov); Australia 182-4 (44.5 ov).

Group B: Pakistan v West Indies at Bristol - May 16, 1999
Pakistan won by 27 runs. Pakistan 229-8 (50 ov); West Indies 202 (48.5 ov).

Group B: Bangladesh v New Zealand at Chelmsford - May 17, 1999
New Zealand won by 6 wickets. Bangladesh 116 (37.4 ov); New Zealand 117-4 (33 ov).

Group A: England v Kenya at Canterbury - May 18, 1999
England won by 9 wickets. Kenya 203 (49.4 ov); England 204-1 (39 ov).

Group A: India v Zimbabwe at Leicester - May 19, 1999
Zimbabwe won by 3 runs. Zimbabwe 252-9 (50 ov); India 249 (45 ov).

Group A: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Northampton - May 19, 1999
South Africa won by 89 runs. South Africa 199-9 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 110 (35.2 ov).

Group B: Australia v New Zealand at Cardiff - May 20, 1999
New Zealand won by 5 wickets. Australia 213-8 (50 ov); New Zealand 214-5 (45.2 ov).

Group B: Pakistan v Scotland at Chester-le-Street - May 20, 1999
Pakistan won by 94 runs. Pakistan 261-6 (50 ov); Scotland 167 (38.5 ov).

Group B: Bangladesh v West Indies at Dublin - May 21, 1999
West Indies won by 7 wickets. Bangladesh 182 (49.2 ov); West Indies 183-3 (46.3 ov).

Group A: England v South Africa at The Oval - May 22, 1999
South Africa won by 122 runs. South Africa 225-7 (50 ov); England 103 (41 ov).

Group A: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Worcester - May 22, 1999
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets. Zimbabwe 197-9 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 198-6 (46 ov).

Group A: India v Kenya at Bristol - May 23, 1999
India won by 94 runs. India 329-2 (50 ov); Kenya 235-7 (50 ov).

Group B: Australia v Pakistan at Leeds - May 23, 1999
Pakistan won by 10 runs. Pakistan 275-8 (50 ov); Australia 265 (49.5 ov).

Group B: New Zealand v West Indies at Southampton - May 24, 1999
West Indies won by 7 wickets. New Zealand 156 (48.1 ov); West Indies 158-3 (44.2 ov).

Group B: Scotland v Bangladesh at Edinburgh - May 24, 1999
Bangladesh won by 22 runs. Bangladesh 185-9 (50 ov); Scotland 163 (46.2 ov).

Group A: England v Zimbabwe at Nottingham - May 25, 1999
England won by 7 wickets. Zimbabwe 167-8 (50 ov); England 168-3 (38.3 ov).

Group A: India v Sri Lanka at Taunton - May 26, 1999
India won by 157 runs. India 373-6 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 216 (42.3 ov).

Group A: Kenya v South Africa at Amstelveen - May 26, 1999
South Africa won by 7 wickets. Kenya 152 (44.3 ov); South Africa 153-3 (41 ov).

Group B: Australia v Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street - May 27, 1999
Australia won by 7 wickets. Bangladesh 178-7 (50 ov); Australia 181-3 (19.5 ov).

Group B: Scotland v West Indies at Leicester - May 27, 1999
West Indies won by 8 wickets. Scotland 68 (31.3 ov); West Indies 70-2 (10.1 ov).

Group B: New Zealand v Pakistan at Derby - May 28, 1999
Pakistan won by 62 runs. Pakistan 269-8 (50 ov); New Zealand 207-8 (50 ov).

Group A: England v India at Birmingham - May 29, 1999
India won by 63 runs. India 232-8 (50 ov); England 169 (45.2 ov).

Group A: South Africa v Zimbabwe at Chelmsford - May 29, 1999
Zimbabwe won by 48 runs. Zimbabwe 233-6 (50 ov); South Africa 185 (47.2 ov).

Group A: Kenya v Sri Lanka at Southampton - May 30, 1999
Sri Lanka won by 45 runs. Sri Lanka 275-8 (50 ov); Kenya 230-6 (50 ov).

Group B: Australia v West Indies at Manchester - May 30, 1999
Australia won by 6 wickets. West Indies 110 (46.4 ov); Australia 111-4 (40.4 ov).

Group B: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Northampton - May 31, 1999
Bangladesh won by 62 runs. Bangladesh 223-9 (50 ov); Pakistan 161 (44.3 ov).

Group B: Scotland v New Zealand at Edinburgh - May 31, 1999
New Zealand won by 6 wickets. Scotland 121 (42.1 ov); New Zealand 123-4 (17.5 ov).

Super Six: Australia v India at The Oval - June 4, 1999
Australia won by 77 runs. Australia 282-6 (50 ov); India 205 (48.2 ov).

Super Six: Pakistan v South Africa at Nottingham - June 5, 1999
South Africa won by 3 wickets. Pakistan 220-7 (50 ov); South Africa 221-7 (49 ov).

Super Six: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Leeds - June 6, 1999
No result. Zimbabwe 175 (49.3 ov); New Zealand 70-3 (15 ov).

Super Six: India v Pakistan at Manchester - June 8, 1999
India won by 47 runs. India 227-6 (50 ov); Pakistan 180 (45.3 ov).

Super Six: Australia v Zimbabwe at Lord's - June 9, 1999
Australia won by 44 runs. Australia 303-4 (50 ov); Zimbabwe 259-6 (50 ov).

Super Six: New Zealand v South Africa at Birmingham - June 10, 1999
South Africa won by 74 runs. South Africa 287-5 (50 ov); New Zealand 213-8 (50 ov).

Super Six: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at The Oval - June 11, 1999
Pakistan won by 148 runs. Pakistan 271-9 (50 ov); Zimbabwe 123 (40.3 ov).

Super Six: India vs New Zealand at Nottingham - June 12, 1999
New Zealand won by 5 wickets. India 251-6 (50 ov); New Zealand 253-5 (48.2 ov).

Super Six: Australia v South Africa at Leeds - June 13, 1999
Australia won by 5 wickets. South Africa 271-7 (50 ov); Australia 272-5 (49.4 ov).

Semi-Final: New Zealand v Pakistan at Manchester - June 16, 1999
Pakistan won by 9 wickets. New Zealand 241-7 (50 ov); Pakistan 242-1 (47.3 ov).

Semi-Final: Australia v South Africa at Birmingham - June 17, 1999
Match tied. Australia 213 (49.2 ov); South Africa 213 (49.4 ov).

Final: Australia v Pakistan at Lord's - June 20, 1999
Australia won by 8 wickets. Pakistan 132 (39 ov); Australia 133-2 (20.1 ov)

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.