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March 16, 2006

Aus vs SA – 5th ODI

Filed under: Cricket — Roshan @ 2:11 pm

Undoubtedly, the greatest cricket match I have ever watched. The irony is that I started watching it only after 45 overs of the first innings and missed some initial overs of the second innings. For most of the time I watched, it was unbelievable and for some time, I even felt like I was dreaming.

When I started watching, Australia were 370/2 after 45 overs. No team has reached 400 against any team, not even against minnows and Australia is doing it against SA, which has a good bowling attack. WOW!!! Great batting. Ponting, Gilchrist and Hussey were all superb. Ponting likes this ground(I dont want to remember his last knock in this ground – in the World Cup final)

Some commentator(I dont remember his name) was saying when the Australian innings was ending that it is upto the SA batsmen now to do something. He was pointing at Gibbs and Smith to put up a fight. I was laughing. Chasing a total no one had made till that day. NO WAY

I didnt watch some part of SA innings since I didnt feel they had any chance(who would!!!!). When I watched again, Smith and Gibbs were batting fantastically. From then on, I didnt miss it. The South Africans were giving the Australians a run for their money.

Gibbs played the knock of his life. It is the greatest ODI innings I have watched. He took calculated risks and his timing was superb. Until he was there, the hope was alive and he didnt look to get out. Once he got out, the scoring rate got down a bit but the hope was still there.

When Kemp got out, I expected Pollock to come but then I came to know that he was injured. Vander Wath came to the crease. The asking rate was high and there were just a few wickets in hand. Bracken was bowling well. So I thought the fight had pretty much ended but Wath played a cameo. The hope rekindled and Boucher took it really close. From there, SA shouldnt have lost. The last over brought us flashback of SA’s performances in the World Cup. In the end, Boucher held his nerve and SA won a well deserved win.

This win should do a whole lot of good to SA. If you observe history of cricket, Australians have usually won most of the close matches they have played and SA have lost most of the close matches they have been part of.

Australia’s bowling department has real problems. Not being able to defend 434 runs is ridiculous. Without Warne and McGrath, they are suffering. Their No. 1 spot is under threat, atleast in ODIs. I think Ponting made a few lapses in bowling changes at the death. He gave the 48th over to Lewis who went for lots of runs. He could have given it to a more experienced bowler, Brett Lee under such circumstances. That could have been the deciding factor.

It would be a disgrace to Gibbs’ knock if he had to share the Man of the Match with Ponting. Gibbs’ knock was under pressure, chasing and arguably the greatest knock ever. Ponting’s knock was also good but you cant put it in the same class as Gibbs’. Rightly, Ponting rejected to share it and Gibbs was the Man of the Match.

Overall, the match has set new standards for cricket. The highest score of 434 was broken within 4 or 5 hrs!!! No one could have thought of such a match and such a result. A great treat to watch.

PS : I dont think the records made in this match would be broken within the next 10 years, atleast.


  1. I watched the end of the match only when only 4 overs were remaining I was exalted to see that I was in Ohris (restaurant in Hyderabad) and everybody including the ladies and childdren were watching the match on the big screen of Ohris. and everybody was shouting on everyball! imagine… in a restaurant where silence is in the ambience. I was excited by the atmosphere as well let apart the match

    Comment by atul — March 25, 2006 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  2. gr8

    Comment by Roshan — March 31, 2006 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah it was an awesome match!!! have watched the highlights for some 5 times or so… altho i saw most of the live action!!!

    Comment by Rajath — April 10, 2006 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  4. i think u watched the match more than i did 😦
    anyway, thanks for commenting.. hope u write ur blog soon πŸ˜€

    Comment by Roshan — April 10, 2006 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  5. nicely written piece…but the smilies quite take away d attention from ur writing dude…maybe u shud try n reduce the no. of smilies…

    Comment by sanky — April 11, 2006 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  6. is it so???
    maybe.. i will look into it next time.. thanks πŸ™‚

    Comment by Roshan — April 12, 2006 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  7. hey roshan ,please update ur blog

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    Comment by saurabh — April 13, 2006 @ 7:13 am | Reply

  8. Good site!!!

    Comment by mjlli — April 9, 2007 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

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