Weblog of Nazly Ahmed
The One-day series between Australia and South Africa was level at 2-2 and was a must win for both teams when they were about to clash in the 5th ODI. Winning the toss Australia broke the record for the highest score ever scored in a One-day International and the first 400 plus score when they reached 434 for the loss of 4 wickets. Ricky Ponting scored 164 off just 105 balls while Michael Hussey got 81 off 51 balls. Katich and Gilchrist too chipped in with 79 and 55 respectively.
The South African's never let themselves down and went for the massive never gettable looked total. Herschelle Gibbs scored 175 off just 111 balls while Greame Smith got 90 off 55 balls. Gibbs got out when the score was on 299 in the 32nd Over. Most of the damage was done by that time. Useful innings from Boucher and van der Wath saw South African's home breaking the world record with just one ball to spare and one wicket to lose. The record for the highest total in an ODI now stands at 438 made by South Africa. What a match it was. South Afican's won the series 3-2. Ponting and Gibbs were both awarded the man of the match award. Now when will this record be broken. It took ten years for the previous highest to be broken which was 398 made by Sri Lanka against Kenya in the 1996 world Cup.