New Delhi: March 12, 2006 marks the day when Herchelle Gibbs and Co rewrote the One Day International (ODI) history books to stun Ricky Ponting's Australia in Johannesburg.
Batting first, Australian openers Adam Gilchirst (55) and Simon Katich (79) gave the visitors the perfect start by putting on a 97-run partnership. But it was skipper Ponting who stole the limelight by bludgeoning 164 off just 105 deliveries.
Late cameo from Mike Hussey (81) ensured Australia posted 434/4 and thus broke the record of highest team total in ODI cricket history.
Chasing the target, hosts lost Boeta Dippennar for 1 but it was this setback that turned the game on it's head for South Africa. In came Herschelle Gibbs took the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners and alongwith skipper Graeme Smith, the righ-hander put on an sensational 187-run stand.
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Smith was dismissed for 90 but Gibbs kept on going and notched up his century of just 79 deliveries. On the next 21 balls, Gibbs added another fifty to reach 150 of just 100 deliveries.
When Gibbs (175) finally fell, the Proteas seemed down and out at 299/4, still needing 135 runs off 109 deliveries to level with Australia's mammoth score.
However, Mark Boucher (50*) was adamant about rewriting history as he, alongwith the South African tail, took the hosts through with one ball to spare.
This match is remembered for two astonishing innings by two modern-day cricketing greats — Ricky Ponting and Herschelle Gibbs. Such was their effect on the match that not many people remember that left-arm pacer Nathan Bracken finished the match with a five-wicket haul.