Monday, March 13, 2006

*Too drunk with excitement to think of a title*

Australia Vs South Africa ODI, Johannesburg, March 12th 2006.

Australia win the toss, choose to bat and chalk up 434/4 - Ponting 164 off 105.

Smith's 90 off 55 and Gibbs' 175 off 111 see SA put up a fiery defense.

48th Over. SA are 405/7 requiring 30 runs from 18 balls. Lewis bowls.

47.1 FOUR! Boucher belts it.

47.3 FOUR! Boucher again.

47.6 FOUR! Telemachus starts to party.

17 runs off the over. Lewis is officially the most expensive bowler in the history of ODI cricket - 113 runs conceded for his 10 overs. SA are 422/7, 13 runs needed from 12 balls.

49th over. Bracken bowls.

48.2 OUT! Telemachus falls for 12.

6 runs off the over. SA are 428/8, need 7 runs off 6 balls. Brett Lee comes on to bowl the final over.

49.1 Hard knock from Boucher. Lee gets it with his foot before it bounds away to the boundary. Limps a bit. One run.

49.2 FOUR! Hall belts it.

49.3 OUT! SA need 2 runs from 3 balls, one wicket remaining.

49.4 Lee to Ntini. One run. Scores levelled. Boucher at crease.

49.5 FOUR! SA WIN!

SA win the game and the series. Brilliant brilliant brilliant. I need say no more. Nearly 900 runs in a One Day Intl, bowlers massacred, records shattered... One of the most memorable, most nerve-wrecking matches I've watched in a long, long time.

Good Night and God Bless.

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