Lance ‘Zulu’ Klusener produced a moment of magic during the fourth ODI between South Africa and New Zealand in Napier back in 1999.
New Zealand were leading the six-match series 2-1 when the teams went into the fourth clash but, after rain washed out the original fixture, it was decided to completely replay the fourth ODI in a 40-over match.
Captain Hansie Cronje won the toss and sent the hosts in to bat first. A solid bowling display by the Proteas – in particular Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock – had New Zealand dismissed for 191.
The Proteas’ chase, however, struggled for momentum throughout the innings and despite half-centuries by Herschelle Gibbs and Daryll Cullinan, the South Africans were behind the required run rate for most of the time.
It left the visitors with 11 runs required from the final six deliveries with Klusener and Mark Boucher at the crease, the latter using Gibbs as a runner due to an injury.
Klusener stole a single from the first ball of the over before Boucher skyed one off Dion Nash’s bowling as he was caught by Roger Twose for only three.
Klusener struck a four off the following delivery to edge the Proteas closer by needing six off the final three balls.
Steve Elworthy and he exchanged two further singles before it came down to the final ball of the match as South Africa needed four runs for victory but with Klusener on strike.
Nash came steaming in but completely mistimed the pitch of the ball and instead offered Klusener a decent full toss, which the left-hander pulled over the fence in dramatic fashion to seal a two-wicket victory.
The Proteas would go on to win the fifth ODI before the final clash was rained out on two occasions before it was completely abandoned, handing South Africa a 3-2 series win.