On this day: Watch - Herschelle drops an easy sitter off Steve Waugh that cost the 1999 World Cup


The second semi-final of the 1999 World Cup is one of the most unforgettable games in the history of cricket. The game witnessed the arrival between Australia and South Africa at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Having a look at the game, the skipper of South Africa, Hansie Cronje won the toss and asked the opposition to bat. Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh opened the innings for Australia.

Shaun Pollock provided an early breakthrough for South Africa by sending back Mark Waugh for a duck in the first over of the game. However, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist added 51 runs for the second wicket before Allan Donald removes Ricky Ponting for 37 runs.

Adam Gilchrist also failed to convert his start as he was dismissed by Jacques Kallis for 20 runs. Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan put a crucial 90 runs stand among them and helped their side to post a decent total of 218 runs on the board.

The match ended in a draw:

Herschell Gibbs

With a decent target on the board, Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs opened the innings for South Africa. Both the batters gave a good start to the innings and scored 48 runs for the opening wicket stand.

But Shane Warne came to action and got the wicket of both Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs for 18 and 30 runs. The middle-order batters didn't live up to the expectations of the fans and walked back to the dressing room with cheap numbers.

However, Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes stood together and put up an 84 runs stand for the fifth wicket. Shane Warne once again did the job with the ball and send back Jonty Rhodes 43 runs.

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Jacques Kallis also followed him after getting dismissed by Paul Reiffel for 53 runs. Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener tried their best in the lower order but the game ended up in a draw and Australia was announced as the victorious side.

But before this game, Australia and South Africa met each other where Herschelle Gibbs dropped an easy catch of Steve Waugh which turned out to be the biggest mistake of his life. The Australian batter then scored an unbeaten 120 runs and helped his team to run over the victory.

Everyone was not happy with Herschelle Gibbs as it was an easy catch and shouldn't be dropped. Moreover, after Herschelle Gibbs dropped the catch, Steve Waugh came to him and said, "Hersh, you’ve just dropped the World Cup."

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