While I am not a big cricket fan …

The front page of the Star on 13 March 2006

South Africa opened a can of “whup ass” on the Aussie team yesterday.  IOL reported on this awesome cricket match between South Africa and Australia yesterday afternoon that became a record setting match:

It bordered on the ridiculous, but how ridiculously sublime a day of cricket it was! There was no way two teams should have got more than 400 runs each in a one-day international, but aren’t we all glad they did?

Hell for a fast bowler would be being forced – until the end of time – to bowl on Sunday’s Wanderers wicket. For a batsman it would be simply heaven.

The strip of earth gushed runs from both ends. Some may say it was farcical that so many runs could be conceded in one match. But on a day like Sunday, when records tumbled quicker than wickets, it would be a brave and cynical few who would call it a farce.

Rival captains Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith called it simply the greatest game of one-day cricket ever played.

To be fair to the Aussie team, they set a record breaking target of 434-4 which, in itself, was awesome.  Herschel Gibbs was incredible as he hit the ball for a series of 4s and 6s making 164 off 105 balls.  It really was a nail-biter!

More records withered in the blazing heat of the highveld.

The two team’s scores combined to produce the highest match aggregate of 872 runs for 13 wickets.

Gibbs and Smith now hold the record for the highest partnership by a South African pair against Australia, scoring 187 runs. This was also the highest first innings score and the highest second innings score in one-day cricket history, and it was the highest run-chase in one-day cricket history.

Gibbs has recorded the second-highest score by a South African batsman, with 175 runs off 111 balls.

Amazingly, and yet not surprisingly, Sunday’s match also contained the most boundaries ever witnessed in one-day cricket. A total of 113, including 87 fours and 26 sixes, were scored. It was an astounding display of bludgeoning and Gibbs and Ponting were particularly brutal. The two were responsible for 43 of those boundaries.

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