Down the Memory Lane: Remembering that 2006 "Match"

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There are cricket matches. Then, there are "Great" cricket matches. And then comes such a special match that we cannot forget it. My recall of one such "special" match.

Aussies VS South Africa Wanderers, Johannesburg 12 March 2006

There are cricket matches. Then, there are great cricket matches. And then comes such a special match that we cannot forget it. One such "extraordinary" match was played between South African(Proteas) and Australian(Kangaroos) cricket teams on 12th March 2006 at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg in South Africa.

This match was the fifth One Day International in the One Day International series between Australia and South Africa. Both these teams had earlier been involved in some very exciting and close contests like the 1999 World Cup Semi-Final, yet what followed this day simply made people breathless and amazed. It was simply "out of this world". Records were broken and boundaries and sixes came in bulk.
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The Aussies hammer their way to a huge score

Coming into this fifth match of the series, Aussies and South Africa were tied 2-2 in the series. Both teams were desperate to win this decider. The match was expected to be a high voltage one.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting chose to bat after winning the toss. Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich gave a good start, putting up 97 runs by the 16th over. Ricky Ponting joined Simon Katich after Gilchrist was dismissed owing to a good catch by Andrew Hall. Ricky Ponting was in terrible mood, and scored a quickfire 164 from 105 balls, with his century coming off 73 balls. Ponting and Katich added 139 runs for the second wicket. Michael Hussey was promoted up the order and gave good support to Ponting, making 81 runs.
The rampaging Aussies team, helped by 40 runs in last 3 overs, became the first side ever to score 400 runs in a One Day International.
Australia finished at 434 for 4 wickets in 50 overs.

The Proteas fightback!

I have seen that in most of the cases, when the first side scores such a big total in One Day International, the second side either manages to put up just a fair bit of fight, or crumbles under pressure. However, the Proteas (as South African side is often called) had other ideas.
The history was against them, as the previous highest chase in the second innings was 344/8, scored by Pakistan against India at Karachi on 13 Mar 2004. India won that match by just five runs!

Adding to the pressure, Boeta Dippenaar was out for just 1 run. However, Herschelle Gibbs and skipper Graeme Smith batted with purpose and aggression, adding 187 runs. Gibbs made his hundred in 79 balls.
He broke an existing South African record of a century in 84 balls, which he had earlier done against Zimbabwe. Smith was out for 90.
Then, Gibbs and AB De Villiers carried on. They added 94 runs in 58 balls. Gibbs was out for 175 off 111 balls. Australia applied some pressure by dismissing Gibbs and De Villiers in short time.
However, Johannes van der Wath and Mark Boucher kept scoreboard ticking.

The climax and the legacy of the match

The Australian bowler Nathan Bracken bowled better than his colleagues and took 5 wickets with economy rate less than 7, respectable as per this match.

In the final over of the match, South Africa needed 7 runs off 6 balls, with Mark Boucher on strike. Boucher took a single and then Andrew Hall hit a four and he was out the next ball.
2 runs required off 4 balls. However, Ntini, the 11th man took a single and then Boucher hit a four to get an earlier seemingly improbable victory.
Aussies lost the match, but it was still a day remembering for them.

Ricky Ponting and Gibbs were given the "Man of the Match".

This match was popularly called as "The Match" for quite some time, and later "The Cricket Match". I recall that the next day of this match, we had a long discussion about the match in my office. A number of records broke during this match like:

  1. Second highest total in an ODI (highest at the time): 438–9.
  2. Sri Lanka scored 443–9 against the Netherlands four months after this match.
  3. Third highest total in an ODI (also the highest at the time): 434–4.
  4. Highest successful run chase in an ODI: 438 runs
  5. Highest aggregate runs in a match: 872, beating the previous record of 693 (India v Pakistan in 2004).
  6. Most fours in a match: 89.
  7. Worst bowling figures in an ODI: Mick Lewis with figures of 10–0–113–0 which remains the most runs conceded in a single ODI match.

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author avatar snerfu
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Cricket matches bring out the best in me. It is the time when I do not have to do my home work and I sit around under the trees with my friends waiting for the drinks break. Really I enjoy cricket very much.

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Hi snerfu, did you watch this match?

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Don't too much about the rules of Cricket, by I know the great derbies between India and Pakistan as well England and India

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Derbies or cricket match?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Sep 2014 (#)

great! many thanks Ptrikha..

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks cnwriter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Sep 2014 (#)

I used to follow cricket but over time with rampant commercialization I lost interest. I recall tied the test between Australia and West Indies when the players played for the love of the game. Thanks Ptrikha for this highlight - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Sep 2014 (#)

There are still some great matches, though I to am not as much interested owing to a very high number of matches and very high commercialization.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Sep 2014 (#)

Your passion for cricket is contagious -- well done!

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl

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author avatar Manjot1469
1st Oct 2014 (#)

amazing content and style of writing.Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Manjot1469

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

vary intersecting post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Ajay for reading this.

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author avatar Markthespark
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

nice article.. please read this might interest you

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Markthespark

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