Its records galore for South Africa

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2007, 5:49 [IST]
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Basseterre (St Kitts&Nevis):South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs smashed six sixes in an over in their World Cup Group A match against the Netherlands here on Friday.

Gibbs became only the third man ever to achieve the feat in first class cricket (Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri are the others to acheive this feat) and the first in the ODI and that too in a World Cup tie.

He achevied this amazing feat in the 30th over of SA innings and van Bunge was at the receiving end, who conceded the maximum 36 runs in six legal deliveries. Gibbs got out in the next over holing to van Bunge off van Troost for his well struck 72 off 40 balls.

Mark Boucher (50* off 21 balls) continuing the carnage scored a fastest fifty in a Cup tie. Boucher ecplised Brian Lara 23-ball fifty against Canada in 2003. As though this was not enough Proteas rewrote one more record of maximum sixes in an ODI innings- 17 sixes. Not to forget the SA innings total (353/3 in 40 overs) which is a record by an African team in Cup tie. It was brutal, violant, carnage, bloodbath oops I am struggling for appropriate words.


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