The 5th One Day International (ODI) cricket match of the series Australia in South Africa, Greatest ODI in History of Cricket was held at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on March 12, 2006 between South Africa and Australia. The match broke many cricket records, including both the first and the second team innings of over 400 runs and also the highest scores of the match. Australian captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat after winning the toss.
Highlights of the match
1. Gilchrist and Katich started match at a slower run rate but after 4th over they showed their intention to score huge runs by smashing a boundary or consecutive fours in the successive overs until Gilchrist was caught out. Ponting enters the ground in defensive mode by scoring one or two runs in consecutive 2-3 overs.
2. Ponting turned aggressive after 19th over and scored a boundary in each over and soon proved that he is here for big innings in 22nd over by scoring 3 fours in that over and slammed 2 sixes in 27th over of the Kallis bowling which reminded the world cup 2003.
3. Ricky Ponting turned defensive before completing his century and after scoring his century in 38th over, he was again back to his aggressive mode.
4. 48th over, a huge over of 10 balls in the match (due to continuous 4 no balls), Symonds and Ponting whacked 3 fours and 1 six and also helped Australia to reach 400 runs and in the same over Ponting was caught out. In this innings, Ricky Ponting scored his fastest century and went on to his highest score at the Wanderers ground with 164 runs from 105 balls, including 9 sixes and 13 fours.
5. Australia made 40 runs in its last two overs and went on to total of 434 runs for 4 and made a new record of highest runs in ODI cricket.
South Africa Innings
1. South Africa comes on to the crease with a motive of winning the match and after the early loss of Dippenaar, there was no sign of panic in their batting as Gibbs shared the vital partnership with Smith by smashing boundaries and sixes to every Australian bowler and managed to stay ahead of the required run rate.
2. After the departure of Smith with the brilliant knock of 90 runs from 55 balls, Herschelle Gibbs continued to devastate the Australian attack and reached his century in the 24th over by hitting 2 fours continuously in the last two balls of the Stuart Clark’s over.
3. Gibbs was on the fire in the match as in 25th over he smashed 2 fours and 1 six of the Lewis bowling , in the 26th over 3 fours of the Clark’s bowling and in the 29th over, 3 fours and 1 six.
4. In the 32nd over, while trying for 3rd six after hitting 2 sixes continuously to Andrew Symonds, Gibbs was caught by Lee and his 175 runs of 111 balls including 21 fours and 7 sixes is the second highest total by a South African till date. After the removal of Gibbs, the match was in the wobble state as the run rate dropped down and wickets started tumbling.
5. The brilliant innings of 35 runs from 18 balls by Van der Wath helped South Africa to recover the required run rate and Mark Boucher with his unbeaten innings of 50 runs from 43 balls led South Africa to win the match. The history was created when Boucher slammed Brett Lee for a boundary of the second last ball of the match and also reached his 19th fifty in ODI cricket and scored 438 runs which broke many records.
South Africa scored 438-9, won the 5-match series 3-2, by 1 wicket with one ball to spare. Both Ponting and Gibbs were awarded the Man of the Match, but Ponting declined it, saying that it belonged to Gibbs. Shaun Pollock was named Man of the Series, although he was resting for a back injury during this game.
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