March 12th Down the years,Greatest ODI chase in history
On this day in 2006, South Africa chased 434
The best ODI ever played on this day in 2006 on the Wanderers in Johannesburg among hosts South Africa and Australia. With the bilateral series tied 2-2, Australia and South Africa scored 872 runs as South Africa hunted down a gargantuan 434 to record the best chase in an ODI. Going in to the innings spoil following Ricky Ponting’s epic 164 and whirlwind 1/2-centuries from Michael Hussey, Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich, the Australian think-tank hadn’t predicted the South African’s to come out playing the way they did. Herschelle Gibbs (165 off 111) performed arguably the greatest ODI innings to orchestrate the incredible. He was properly supported by using skipper Graeme Smith (90 off 55) and the duo brought 187 runs in just over 20 overs. When Gibbs were given out within the thirty second over, South Africa nevertheless needed a hundred thirty five more. Someone had to practice the finish. Mark Boucher become that guy. South Africa’s long serving wicket-keeper turned into nicely-served by means of an Australian attack that had a contrasting night. Mick Lewis conceded a record 113 runs in his 10 while Bracken picked up a five-fer at the flattest of tracks. Boucher scored a forty three-ball 50, dropping anchor, as all round him threw the kitchen sink at Australia. The hosts needed 7 off the final over bowled by Brett Lee. Andrew Hall hit a four after which were given out. No. 11, Makhaya Ntini squeezed his first ball to 3rd-man before Boucher completed the ‘Miracle of Johannesburg’ with a four over mid-on.