Video: The rowdiest last over finish in the history of ODI cricket
In 1999, Steve Waugh led Australia were touring West Indies for seven matches ODI series. The series was tied before the fifth ODI at Georgetown, Guyana played. In Guayana, mixed races live -Afro-Guyanese and Indian coolie, who were forcefully immigrated to Carribean by English colony in 19th and 20th centuries. It was economically weak country nestled between Brazil and Venezuela border. However, they are passionate about cricket.So they filled the stadium with enormous joy.
Due to heavy rain the match was cut short into 30 overs game. West Indies batting first scored 173 losing 5 wickets. Sherwin Campbell scored 41.
Australia, while came to chase the target, got a disastrous start as Mervyn Dillion and Phil Simmions wrecked havoc on Australian batting line up. Australia lost their top half in 116 runs. Though, opener Adam Gilchrist showed some resistance and scored 44 off 43 balls before run out by Hendy Bryan.
Australia lost two more wickets in the process that made the thing difficult for them. Only seven overs were left for Australia needed 54 runs with three wickets in hand.
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh were found themselves at the trouble zone as the crowd has gone berserk over the result of the match. They want a series lead for West Indies while Australia captain Steve Waugh was trying to do the reverse.
Waugh showed his character as he played a run a ball 70 run innings, as a result, the situations turned into 6 runs from the penultimate over. If you look at cricket through the periscope of improvised rules of ICC then you might think 6 runs is just a matter of one ball.
But, in 1999, in West Indies, where black people used to take enormous pleasure in beating a white cricket team, the thing was entirely difficult. The crowd was chanting anti-Australia slogan. ICC rules were different and West Indies cricket did not lose its charm at all, at least at home. West Indies and Australia were two great rivals in the cricket field.
Captain James Adams has finished the quota of six overs for Dillion and Courtney Walsh, who delivered the 29th over of the innings. As Walsh’s over was completed the crowd invaded the ground as they thought the game was over. Crowd infiltration in West Indies was a serious concern. But, the administration has never taken it seriously to address it. Fortunately, police managed to take control of the situation and helped to resume the play. With Phil Simmons was injured Adams called Keith Arthurton to bowl the nailbiting final over. There was not floodlight in the stadium, evening was looming
Steve Waugh was trying to overpower the vociferous chorus of the crowd, but he behaved like a human being. He and Warne planned to take singles to squeeze the gap of margin. Waugh hit the first ball hard but did not time well. Before, Stuart Williams fielded the ball Waugh and Warne changed their ends for two times. Waugh failed to get any run from the next five deliveries. The pressure was mounting on him. 1 ball was left four runs were needed. The crowd has gone mad. Waugh pulled the ball hard and before the ball fielded at mid-on he and Warne have changed their places for two times. But, when they were taking the third run the crowd invaded once again and spoiled everything. It was an absolute madness from the Georgetown spectators. There was confusion whether Waugh completed his third run or Arthurton plucked the stump. There were jostling and pushing, Australian captain found himself in the middle of the crowd. It was an ugly scene in the Carribean cricket indeed.
So, ICC match referee Raman Subba Row met the umpires and two captains James Adams and Steve Waugh and gave Waugh the third run. As a result, the match was declared as a tie.
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