Australia and South Africa are always best in their cricket. It is a match in which about 9 world records had been made. It is the 5th match of the ODI series and the series is equal by 2-2 matches. In last ODI Australia had won the toss and decided to bat first.
Australia came to ground with a good and balance toss having good batsman and experienced bowlers as Britt lee, N Bracken, S Clarck While South Africa also had a good balanced toss having great Batsman and experienced bowler.
The openers of Australia came to ground with the intentions of wining the series.
Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich both started well by placing the balls to gaps and made boundaries to increase their score. Australia had lost his first wicket in 15.2 balls in the case of Adam Gilchrist caught on mid on by Andrew hall a good catch. The Next Batsman Ricky Ponting came to crease to carry on innings and made his best score in ODI by hitting sixes and smashing fours to South African bowlers. A very good partnership between Ponting and Katich came to end by a catch of Katich in 30.2 overs on 216 runs.
Micheal Hassy Came to crease and made a good partnership with Rickey Ponting and Caught by Jack Kallis on 374 runs in 46 overs and made 81 runs on just 51 balls. Andrew Simonds came and set the target to 434-4.
South Africa came to chase the world record in ODI and initially loss a wicket of Boeta Dippenaar . Gibbs came to crease at Number one position and started well by placing the balls to boundaries and Smith also contribute but unlucky Smith was caught on mid-on by Mike Hussy on the ball of Micheal Clarck but Harshalle Gibbs did not stop the hitting and made unforgettable ine hundred plus. AB Devillier was out by catch on the mid-on boundary by M.Clarck. Very Soon Gibbs is caught by Clarck on the ball of Andrew Symonds.
Wickets were continuously falling with the passage of overs but at the end the sixes of Van Dar Wath survives the South Africa from defeat but unfortunately he could not survive his wicket and out by Nathan Bracken. Mark Boucher still try his best for winning but wickets are still falling and at the end Mark Boucher’s Batting brought fruit for South Africa and South Africa won the final match of the series against Australia. The Score Boards of both teams are given below….
|+A. C. Gilchrist||c Hall||b Telemachus||55||44||9||0|
|S. M. Katich||c Telemachus||b Ntini||79||90||9||1|
|*R. T. Ponting||c Dippenaar||b Telemachus||164||105||13||9|
|M. E. K. Hussey||c Ntini||b Hall||81||51||9||3|
|A. Symonds||not out||27||13||3||1|
|B. Lee||not out||9||7||0||0|
|Did not bat: D. R. Martyn, M. J. Clarke, N. W. Bracken, S. R. Clark, M. L. Lewis|
|Fall of wickets: 1–97 (Gilchrist, 15.2 ov), 2–216 (Katich, 30.3 ov), 3–374 (Hussey, 46.1 ov), 4–407 (Ponting, 47.4 ov)|
|Extras||(lb 4, w 5, nb 10)||19|
|Total||(for 4 wickets, 50 overs)||434|
|South Africa innings|
|*G. C. Smith||c Hussey||b Clarke||90||55||13||2|
|H. H. Dippenaar||b Bracken||1||7||0||0|
|H. H. Gibbs||c Lee||b Symonds||175||111||21||7|
|A. B. de Villiers||c Clarke||b Bracken||14||20||1||0|
|J. H. Kallis||c & b Symonds||20||21||1||0|
|+M. V. Boucher||not out||50||43||4||0|
|J. M. Kemp||c Martyn||b Bracken||13||17||1||0|
|J. J. van der Wath||c Ponting||b Bracken||35||18||1||3|
|R. Telemachus||c Hussey||b Bracken||12||6||2||0|
|A. J. Hall||c Clarke||b Lee||7||4||1||0|
|M. Ntini||not out||1||1||0||0|
|Fall of wickets: 1–3 (Dippenaar, 1.2 ov), 2–190 (Smith, 22.1 ov), 3–284 (de Villiers, 30.5 ov), 4–299 (Gibbs, 31.5 ov), 5–327 (Kallis, 37.4 ov), 6–355 (Kemp, 42.1 ov), 7–399 (van der Wath, 46.3 ov), 8–423 (Telemachus, 48.2 ov), 9–433 (Hall, 49.3 ov)|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 8, w 4, nb 4)||20|
|Total||(for 9 wickets, 49.5 overs)||438|