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Who would have predicted that: Herschelle Gibbs smacks 6 sixes in an over at 2007 World Cup

South Africa's Herschells Gibbs

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


In the 7th match of the 2007 ICC World Cup at Warner Park,Basseterre in St Kitts, Netherlands' Daan van Bunge made himself an immortal in the history books of cricket, though not in the manner he would have dreamt of as a child. 


Known for his 175 at the Wanderers in 2006 to help South Africa clinch a one-day series against Australia and more importantly top Australia's gigantic score of 434 with 438, Gibbs was in his element that day. Although he scored only 72 off 40 balls, this innings of his remains more memorable than 20 of his 21 ODI tons.



Match Summary


South Africa 353/3(40 Overs) - Mark Boucher*75 (31), Jacques Kallis*128 (109); Peter Borren1/52 (8), Billy Stelling1/43 (8)


Netherlands 132/9(40 Overs) - Tim De Leede21 (36), Ryan Ten Doeschate57 (74); Justin Kemp2/18 (4); Shaun Pollock1/4 (6)


Result - South Africa won by 221 runs


In South Africa's first match of the World Cup, Graeme Smith-led Rotes were invited to bat by men in orange. On the 2nd ball of the match, AB de Villiers lost his wicket for a duck. However, this was the only good thing for the Dutch in the match.


Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis put together a 114-run partnership for the 2nd wicket. After the fall of Smith’s wicket, the momentum was carried by Kallis and Gibbs. During the partnership, the world witnessed an act which stopped them in their tracks. Herschelle Gibbs went on to hit 6 sixes in over off leg-spinner Daan van Bunge, becoming the first batsman to do so in international and ODI cricket.


Gibbs was out after scoring 72 runs off 40 balls, during which he smashed 4 fours and 7 sixes. Mark Boucher who came to bat after Gibbs also played with the same momentum and went on to score unbeaten 75 off 31 balls. On the other hand, Jacques Kallis completed his century and remained unbeaten at 128 off 109 balls. The combined effort of the top order took the Proteas side to a score of 353.


Fall of wickets: 1-0 (AB de Villiers, 0.2 ov), 2-114 (Graeme Smith, 18.6 ov), 3-219 (Herschelle Gibbs, 30.5 ov)


There was nothing to write home for Netherlands other than the half century of Ryan ten Doeschate. Like the team's absence of luck through the day, that knock too ended in a run-out. Netherlands could score only 132 runs from their 50 overs.


A huge 221-run win for South Africa that day would not be so memorable were it not for the stunning batting feat by Herschelle Gibbs.


Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Darron Reekers, 2.2 ov), 2-6 (Bas Zuiderent, 4.1 ov), 3-33 (Alexei Kervezee, 14.2 ov), 4-47 (Daan van Bunge, 19.2 ov), 5-72 (Eric Szwarczynski, 26.5 ov), 6-114 (Ryan ten Doeschate, 35.1 ov), 7-124 (Tim de Leede, 37.3 ov), 8-131 (Peter Borren, 38.6 ov), 9-132 (Luuk van Troost, 39.6 ov)




Netherlands - Bas Zuiderent, Darron Reekers, Alexei Kervezee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daan van Bunge, Eric Szwarczynski, Tim de Leede, Peter Borren, Luuk van Troost (c), Billy Stelling, Jeroen Smits (wk)


South Africa - AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith (c), Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher (wk), Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel


Match Details


Match: Netherlands v South Africa, 7th Match, Group A, ICC World Cup, 2007 

Date: Friday, March 16, 2007 

Toss: Netherlands won the toss and opt to bowl 

Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts 

Umpires: Mark Benson, Tony Hill 

Third Umpire: Steve Bucknor 

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle 


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