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Who would have predicted that: Lance Klusener clubs last ball for giant six to take South Africa to win in low-scoring thriller

South Africa's Lance Klusener

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


While Lance Klusener won South Africa numerous games with both bat and ball, some of his most breathtaking performances came as a finisher with bat in hand. One such innings came against New Zealand at McLean Park just a few months before the 1999 World Cup.


Match Summary


New Zealand 191(38.4 overs) - Roger Twose* 79 (77), Adam Parore 37 (45); Shaun Pollock 3/33 (7.4), Jacques Kallis 3/41 (8)

South Africa 194/8 (40 o ers) - Daryll Cullinan 61 (77), Herschelle Gibbs 52 (66); Geoff Allott 2/33 (7), Dion Nash 2/52 (7)

Result - South Africa won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)


Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for just 191 with Roger Twose top scoring with 79. Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis were the main bowlers for South Africa and shared 6 wickets between them.

Stephen Fleming and Gavin Larsen lost their wickets to run-outs.


Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Matt Horne, 2.1 ov), 2-18 (Daniel Vettori, 5.2 ov), 3-44 (Nathan Astle, 10.1 ov), 4-68 (Stephen Fleming, 16.6 ov), 5-161 (Adam Parore, 32.2 ov), 6-163 (Chris Harris, 32.6 ov), 7-184 (Dion Nash, 37.1 ov), 8-187 (Gavin Larsen, 37.5 ov), 9-190 (Carl Bulfin, 38.2 ov), 10-191 (Geoff Allott, 38.4 ov)

Despite half-centuries from Herschelle Gibbs and Darryl Cullinan, the South African innings collapsed. The equation came down to 11 required off the last over with Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener at the crease. South Africa were set back when Boucher was dismissed on the second ball of the last over, but the duo had crossed by then.

Lance Klusener had already proved his batting mettle in international cricket with 88* against Australia in the Titan Cup at Guwahati, 92 against Australia at Bloemfontein and 99 against Sri Lanka at Lahore, a few other half-centuries and his maiden ODI century against New Zealand the same year.

However, he came out to bat at number 8 which showed two things: South Africa's batting death and Klusener's affinity to be in the thick of things when the fate of the match was to be decided.

The third ball of Dion Nash's last over was smashed to the backward point boundary by the all-rounder. A couple of singles later, with four required off the last ball, Klusener clubbed it over the long-on boundary to take South Africa to a thrilling win.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Gary Kirsten, 0.1 ov), 2-19 (Jacques Kallis, 6.1 ov), 3-107 (Herschelle Gibbs, 23.2 ov), 4-131 (Hansie Cronje, 27.6 ov), 5-132 (Daryll Cullinan, 29.1 ov), 6-144 (Dale Benkenstein, 32.6 ov), 7-162 (Shaun Pollock, 37.2 ov), 8-182 (Mark Boucher, 39.2 ov)




New Zealand - Matt Horne, Nathan Astle, Daniel Vettori, Stephen Fleming (c), Roger Twose, Adam Parore (wk), Chris Harris, Dion Nash, Gavin Larsen, Carl Bulfin, Geoff Allott 

South Africa - Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan, Hansie Cronje (c), Dale Benkenstein, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher (wk), Steve Elworthy, Allan Donald


Match Details


Match: NZ v RSA, 4th ODI, South Africa in New Zealand ODI Series, 1999 

Date: Friday, March 26, 1999 

Toss: South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: McLean Park, Napier 

Umpires: Billy Bowden, Dave Quested 

Third Umpire: Steve Dunne 

Match Referee: Alan Smith 


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