No one, absolutely no one would have thought that it would be Steve Waugh, who with the ball in the last over of the match, would win the game for his national side. On this day in 1987, he did just that.
This was the 12th match of the World Cup between Australia and New Zealand. It was a rain-curtailed 30-over match but it did not disappoint the fans.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first. It was always better to chase in such games and Kiwi captain Jeff Crowe had made the right call. Australian opener David Boon (87 off 96) and Dean Jones (52 off 48) scored a fifty each to take the side to a decent total of 199 for 4 in 30 overs.
New Zealand started the innings well and were cruising to victory at one stage. However, all came down to the last over when Australia required 7 to win. Interestingly, captain Allan Border threw the ball to Steve Waugh, who with his gentle medium pace, was a trump card from him.
Here is the video of the same last over:
On the first ball of the over, in-form Martin Crowe hit one straight into the hands of deep cover and this was one big shock to them. On the next ball, Waugh produced an unplayable yorker which thrashed the stump of Ian Smith. Two wickets in first two balls of the last over. The maths was getting a little difficult for Kiwis, who needed to score 7 to win now from 4 balls.
Martin Snedden, who followed was brilliantly run-out and Steve Waugh, who mastered the art of handling nerves, secured a nail-biting finish for Australia as New Zealanders could make only 3 runs off the last over.
Australia won the match by 3 runs. It went as close as this and no wonder, Australia went on to win their first-ever World Cup.