An exalted Shane Warne celebrates as a dejected Nasser Hussain walks back    Getty Images
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There are numerous stories of Shane Warne s sledging. Some of them had produced immediate results, like the one on Nasser Hussain on February 10, 1999. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back.

Shane Warne was accomplished a sledger as he was a leg-spinner, and that is saying something. Only WG Grace and Fred Trueman (and with his odd assortment, Merv Hughes) have probably outdone him when it came to sledges.

One of his most triumphant moments came in the first final of the 1998-99 Carlton & United Series, at Sydney. Australia put up 232 for 8. Their top eight all reached double figures, but despite that they were left tattering at 139 for 5 before Michael Bevan top-scored with an unbeaten 74-ball 69.

Nick Knight and Alec Stewart then added 34 in 34 balls for the opening stand. Graeme Hick got 42, but Neil Fairbrother fell cheaply. Then Nasser Hussain, still new to international cricket, shepherded the innings. Vince Wells, having taken 3 for 30 with his medium-paced bowling, provided Hussain with the support he needed.

At the 40-over mark England needed less than fifty. It was their match to lose.

Warne realised that there was only one way out: He [Hussain] had the reputation of being a little on the fiery side and I decided the only way we could win from that position was to tempt him into doing something silly.

So Warne started his mission. He advised, almost helpfully: This is where it s crucial not to get out, Nass . Sometimes it was don t let your teammates down now, mate.

Warne carried on as Hussain kept losing his temper. He was aware of the fact that Warne was riling him up but it was done so skilfully that Hussain still lost control.

When Hussain finally responded, Warne knew he had him. Then he tossed one up. Hussain lofted the ball over Warne s head for four.

Great stuff, Nass, that s the way to do it, applauded Warne. Hussain would eventually score 58 in 98 balls (it was a low target, and the asking rate was never out of reach as long as he batted).

But at this stage he had forgotten all restraint. True, he had got four, but Warne had almost goaded him to take an unnecessary risk. At the end of the over you could almost see the steam coming out of his ears, Warne later recalled.

The moment came when England needed 35 from 47 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Warne tossed one up again; Hussain stepped out and was stumped by a mile.

Warne trapped Adam Hollioake leg-before next ball. Five balls later, without run being added, Vince holed out off the bowling of Shane Lee. Then Glenn McGrath took 2 in 3, and England ended up losing by 10 runs.

Brief scores:

Australia 232 for 8 in 50 overs (Mark Waugh 42, Michael Bevan 69*; Vince Wells 3 for 30, Mark Ealham 3 for 45) beat England 222 in 49.2 overs (Graeme Hick 42, Nasser Hussain 58; Glenn McGrath 4 for 45) by 10 runs.

Man of the Match: Michael Bevan