It was on a fine sunday that a historic match was going on between South Africa and Australia. I did not watch the beggining of 2nd innings. I went out with my friend to 4th block. There in a tv we saw the match and as everyone must have thought we decided that 434 is a big score to chase and SA would loose the match. But when I reached home,Gibbs and Smith were well placed. But still could not predict who would win. Later it was Boucher, Johan van der Wath and the tailenders who really helped SA to blow 438 runs. Boucher played a patience tested batting. Van der wath thrashed 35 off 18 balls(1×4,3×6).
In first innings Gilchrist(55), Ponting(164) and Hussey(81) helped Aus to reach 434 easily, scoring 134 runs in last ten overs. As usual starting fire was put on by Gilchrist. Ponting played as he had in WC final (it was the same pitch) punishing all the bowlers for good balls too. Hussey played well too.
Even though the total seemed impossible to be chased Smith did not panic. You could have seen him taking singles and he did took calculated risks only when he felt it was necessary to. Then all credit goes to Gibbs.It was a superb knock from him. Boucher played nicely.He did not panic either eventhough at one side wickets kept on falling. Totally it is a all time great match.
“I’m sure everybody here today had one of the greatest days of their lives,It was a great game of cricket.” Australian captain Ricky Ponting said at the aftermatch presentation.
Ponting and Gibbs were jointly awarded man of the match but Ponting declined it, saying Gibbs deserved the honour alone.
“We played really well and got an unbelievably big total but Herschelle and the boys have just been too good,Herschelle deserves it (the man of the match award) more than me after making 175 and being on the winning team.” said Ponting.
“It’s huge,” said Smith. “We have got to come back down to earth. We’re all over the moon and want to savour the moment.”
I saw the match highlights and took time to post this…..