• Klusener’s best ODI five-for in SA

    Thursday, 23 April 2020 marks exactly 22 years since former all-rounder Lance Klusener powered the Proteas to triumph in the final of the 1998 triangular series.

    South Africa dominated the round-robin stage to reach the final, collecting 10 points from five wins in six attempts. Pakistan, meanwhile, marginally outdid Sri Lanka’s net run rate to join the hosts in the final at Newlands in Cape Town.

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    Klusener was deployed as a second-change bowler, after Pakistan had moved to a promising 54-2 against seamers Roger Telemachus and Shaun Pollock – and fast bowler Allan Donald.

    He soon removed opener Saeed Anwar and later completed a telling haul by getting rid of dangerous all-rounders Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq. Mahmood’s departure marked Klusener’s 50th wicket in ODI cricket.

    Pakistan collapsed to a mere 114 all out, which the home side passed with nine wickets and 134 deliveries to spare. Half-centurion Gary Kirsten blunted an opposition bowling attack spearheaded by the great Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

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    Klusener never took another ODI five-for in South Africa, though had similar hauls in the same format in Lahore, Amstelveen, Melbourne and Sharjah at the end of a prolific international career in 2004.

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