Kagiso Rabada is dismissed for 12 runs, trying to heave the ball over long-on, and Ashwin gets his first wicket of the day. Dane Piedt is dismissed for 23 runs, as Ravindra Jadeja manages to break his defences, with the ball crashing into the stumps. Piedt tried to play across the line and send the ball over the boundary line, and failed at doing so. Shahbaz Nadeem executes a direct throw to dismiss George Linde for 27 runs.
Background[ edit ] For some years, there had been an intense rivalry between Australia and South Africa in One-Day Internationals, dating from the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup , where South Africa could only tie against Australia in a match they needed to win to progress to the final.
Some followers of cricket considered that to be the greatest game of all time. They also lost the three Test series 2—0.
It was also of constant irritation to the South Africans that the Australians were referring to them as "chokers". This match was the final match of a five-match series in South Africa.
South Africa won the first two matches comfortably, but Australia fought back to win the next two, making this the deciding match. Australia had to play the series without their best one-day bowler, Glenn McGrath , whose wife was suffering from cancer.
The South African team also missed their best one-day bowler, Shaun Pollock , in the final match due to a back strain.
The match[ edit ] Australian captain Ricky Ponting chose to bat after winning the toss. Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich got the side off to a good start, both scoring fifties.
A difficult catch by Andrew Hall diving to his left removed Gilchrist in the 16th over while the partnership was on Ponting then scored his fastest century with off 73 balls, and went on to his highest score at the Wanderers ground with from balls, including 9 sixes and 13 fours.
Ponting and Katich put on runs for the second wicket, before Katich was caught at third man by Roger Telemachus off Makhaya Ntini. Michael Hussey was promoted up the order and made Ponting was dismissed after his drive shot was caught by Boeta Dippenaar in the 47th over.
By the end of the innings, South Africa were under pressure with Telemachus beginning the 48th over with four consecutive no-balls. Australia made 53 runs off its last three overs;  Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee helping the side past the world record with 27 and 9 runs respectively and Australia became the first side to ever score runs in a One Day International.
News sites reported how Australia had just smashed the world record. In the interval, Jacques Kallis had broken the ice in a sombre dressing-room with the words "Come on, guys: it's a wicket. They're 15 short!
Herschelle Gibbs batted at number 3 and reached his 16th ODI hundred in 79 balls, beating his own South African record for the fastest score of a hundred that had previously been off 84 balls against Zimbabwe.
He and Graeme Smith had a run partnership, bringing the South Africans back into the game. Australia kept the pressure on after Gibbs' dismissal with consistent wickets, but big hitting by Johannes van der Wath and Mark Boucher kept the Proteas in the hunt.
Nathan Bracken, in contrasting fashion to the rest of the match, bowled particularly well collecting 5 wickets and keeping his economy a respectable 6.
By the final over of the match, South Africa needed 7 runs off 6 balls, with Boucher on strike. He pushed a single, giving the strike to Andrew Hall who hit a four, leaving 2 required off four balls.
However, he was out caught attempting to repeat the shot, leaving the side at —9. Ntini, the number 11 batsman, managed to get the bowler, Brett Lee , away for a single to third man and tie the scores.
Boucher then hit a four the next ball getting his 19th fifty in ODI cricket , with commentator Tony Greig exclaiming "Straight down the ground! What a victory! That is a sensational game of cricket! The victory sparked off wild celebrations, and many South African spectators broke down in tears of joy.
Tony Greig himself sounded emotionally exhausted as he said, "Look, there are tears, they are crying out there! The South Africans at the Bullring today have seen the best one day international ever played.
Reaction[ edit ] The huge score led Steve Waugh to say that in an innings is the next possibility.
Others have said that scores like this are bad for the sport, with Barry Richards saying, "There is such a propensity for hitting boundaries that bowlers have been taken out of game". That match ended in a tie following a disastrous run-out in the final over involving Lance Klusener and Allan Donald and was called the "definitive one-day choke" by ESPNcricinfo.
This victory buried the ghosts of , and South Africa's " choker " tag was temporarily gone as in the ICC Champions Trophy , the South Africans played the English in the first semi-final and the tag "chokers" was again used by the South African coach Gary Kirsten who admitted that the team "choked" that day.