ICC Champions Trophy 1998/99 (Wills International Cup)

1998/99 - Bangladesh

Winner: South Africa

The first edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, then known as the ICC Knockout Trophy, was staged in Bangladesh. All matches were played at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, but the slow and low pitches produced some poor cricket. Severe flooding threatened to cause the whole show to be moved to India, and it only got the go-ahead at the 11th hour. As it was, Dhaka was the third choice after Disneyworld (Florida) and Sharjah. The knock-out format, with eight matches compressed into nine days, fuelled the locals' excitement.

Nine teams took part in the event with only eight making it to the quarter-finals. New Zealand played Zimbabwe for the eighth spot and defeated them by five wickets to make it to the last eight. South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and West Indies progressed to the semi-finals.

In a rain-affected first semi-final, South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 92 runs on D/L method. Put into bat, man-of-the-match Jacques Kallis smashed a 100-ball 113 that included five fours and five sixes and guided South Africa to 240-7 in 37 overs. In turn, Sri Lanka whose target was revised to 224 in 34 overs, was bowled out for 132 in 23.4 overs with Steve Elworthy taking 3-21 and Pat Symcox claiming 3-27.

In the other semi-final, the West Indies defeated India by six wickets. Saurav Ganguly (83) and Robin Singh (73) steered India to 242-6 in 50 overs after it had elected to bat first. The West Indies achieved target without breaking sweat in 47 overs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (73), Brian Lara (60 not out) and Keith Arthurton (40 not out) being the main run-getters. Mervyn Dillon, who took 3-38, won the man-of-the-match award.

In the final, West Indies opener Philo Wallace hit a punishing century (103 from 102 balls with 11 fours and five sixes) but ended up on the losing side as South Africa achieved the 246-run target for the loss of six wickets with 18 balls to spare. Hansie Cronje was the top scorer with a 77-ball 61. Jacques Kallis for his 5-30 and 37 was declared man-of-the-match award. He was also received the player of the tournament award.