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One Day International: Australia vs. South Africa 13 March 2006

Posted by Sasha in Cricket, The Rambler.
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I was up late last night watching the last match of the One Day International: Australia versus South Africa.

It’s the best match I’ve ever watched. I reckon it is the best One Day Cricket match. Period. You want to know why? Alright. Be patient as I give you a blow-by-blow account of the 9 hour match. Ha! I’m just kidding.

It just sucks that Australia lost by 4 runs and 1 wicket. Bleh. Even if it seemed impossible when they did score a magnificent 434-4. Check the highlights so, you’d understand why.

Highlights:

  • World Record was set by the South African Cricket Team for the highest score for one day cricket at 438, only followed by Australia at 434. This is also the highest score for both teams to get in ODI.
  • South African Cricketer, Herschel Gibbs made it into the Top 10 Scores for Batsmen with 175 runs out of 119 balls.
  • Drop catch by Nathan Bracken. Australia could’ve taken Gibbs out earlier in the match with just a score 150.
  • Australian Bowler, Michael Lewis, made a world record, too. It’s for having the most number of runs, 113, in 10 overs. Kudos to you! Yes, I’m being sarcastic here. I could kill Ponting for not putting in Lee or Symonds to bowl. What was he thinking? Bad decision, Captain.
  • Test and ODI Captain, Ricky Ponting, scored his highest runs in this game at 164 out of 105 balls. This is the second fastest century in Australian Cricket History. He received a standing ovation by both South African and Australian supporters, when he left the field.
  • Bracken made ammends for the drop catch incident by getting 4 wickets and bowling fantastic overs.
  • Summary:

    Australia soared so high that they crashed and burned in the end. South Africans were ecstatic with the results, of course. It was an unbelievable game. It’s one of the best Cricket Matches that people will be talking about for years and years to come. It was history made.

    My brother-in-law kept saying that he should’ve placed a bet on South Africa winning since he dreamt about it the night before. But then again, what were the odds?

    You can read more about this match here and here.

    Up next: The Ashes – Australia versus England. Let the Test Match begin.

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    Australian Cricket: VB Series
    It’s Sri Lanka.
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    Australia Won the VB Series 14 February 2006

    Posted by Sasha in Cricket, The Rambler.
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    Yay!

    I just finished watching the 3rd Final of the Cricket Australia’s VB Series. Yes. After the disappointing loss on that day at the Adelaide Oval, which I watched, Australia did wonderfully at Sydney then finished the series off at Brisbane.

    Amazing batting from Gilchrist and Katich, both batted over a century, 122 and 106, respectively. Overall, Australia won by 9 wickets. Great, eh? Will the guys who played in the series be part of the World Cup team? We’ll soon see.

    Gilly won the Man of the Match award and Andrew Symonds, the Man of the Series.

    Kudos to Sri Lanka for their great playing. It’s been a while since a team brought Australia to a 3-day Final.

    Cheers!

    It’s Sri Lanka. 7 February 2006

    Posted by Sasha in Cricket, The Rambler.
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    Bugger.

    I was hoping it was South Africa who’d qualify for the final. Argh! This means I won’t be able to see Herschel Gibbs play. Sigh. Dashed hopes.

    I’m still looking forward to Friday’s game, though.

    Australian Cricket: VB Series 1 February 2006

    Posted by Sasha in Cricket, The Rambler.
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    cricketI’m so excited.

    Finally, I’m going to watch live Cricket and not just a local game, but one of the games of the VB Series, which happens to be international. It’s One-Day Cricket and only three countries are playing, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Of course, I’m rooting for Australia. They’re currently top-ranked in the series. I know there are a couple or so games left but already I’m hoping that Australia’s in the finals and since I’m already wishing on it, make it Australia vs. South Africa in the Finals. No offense to the fans of Sri Lanka, I only want to see both teams on the day I’m scheduled to watch it, First Final on the 10th of February! Yipeee!

    I’m looking forward to see Australia’s Brett Lee, Andrew Symmonds and Michael Hussey, and South Africa’s Herschel Gibbs, Michael Boucher and Justin Kemp and truthfully, lots more. I’m also looking forward to seeing Adelaide Oval and get a feel of the crowd’s excitement. I really don’t know what to expect but I believe that it’s going to be loads of fun. The whole eight hours of it, minimum. Hahaha.