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June 13, 1999 | When Steve Waugh Led Australia to a Thrilling Win Over South Africa

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Australia captain Steve Waugh made a come-from-behind century to help his side beat South Africa in a crucial match in the World Cup.

On this day, in 1999, Australia captain Steve Waugh made a come-from-behind century to help his side beat South Africa in a crucial match in the World Cup.

Batting first at Leeds, South Africa posted 271 for 7 with Herschelle Gibbs making 101 and Daryll Cullinan scoring a half-century.

Damien Fleming got three wickets while Shane Warne bagged two.

Chasing the competitive target, Australia started poorly and slipped to 48 for 3 when Steve Waugh walked in. Along with Ricky Ponting (69), Waugh fought back for Australia to put them back on track.

Ponting fell for 69 in the 35th over with Australia needing 98 more runs to win, leaving the game in a tricky position.

However, with the help of Michael Bevan and Tom Moody, Waugh took Australia past the line in the last over with two balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

The game was also famousfor Herschelle Gibbs' drop catch off Waugh. Gibbs, in an anxiety to celebrate, put down the crucial catch with Australia needing 120 off 114.

That went on to become a part of cricketing folklore with Waugh allegedly asking Gibbs: "How does it feel to drop the World Cup?"

Speaking about it later, Waugh said: "Well it wasn't exactly what was written. It's quite amazing how things get turned around a little bit but I think I just said 'you've realised you just cost South Africa the match or something to that effect.

"It's funny how things people start believing in, I don't know how it got out to the press that Steve Waugh said you've dropped the World Cup which I think is pretty, I mean it was quite funny when you think back but I didn't have the guts to say it that time.

"I don't know whether people get influenced by the media and all of a sudden it becomes a legend. So look I'll go with it maybe I did say, I don't think I said it exactly the way it was said but maybe the inference or reference was pretty much you've cost your team the World Cup.

"Maybe you'll have to ask what his version of the event was but it was reasonably close to that."