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Who would have predicted that: Jimmy Maher, Nathan Hauritz tow Australia to thrilling tie against South Africa

Jimmy Maher

In our 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.

Having lost the first two ODIs of the seven-match series, South Africa hosted Australia in the third match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. After the losses, South Africa decided to replace Gary Kirsten and Roger Telemachus with Neil McKenzie and Andrew Hall.


Match Summary

South Africa 259/7 (50 overs) - Jonty Rhodes 83 (74), Jacques Kallis 71 (101); Brett Lee 4/45(9), Jason Gillespie 2/46(10)

Australia 259/9 (50 overs) Matthew Hayden 78 (103), Jimmy Maher 43* (32); Makhaya Ntini 4/33 (10), Nicky Boje 1/46(8)


Result - Match tied

Boeta Dippenaar was promoted to open the batting with Herschelle Gibbs, however, the result was no different as both batsmen were back in the hut shortly, caught at slip in a hostile opening spell from Brett Lee. Kallis and McKenzie then added 78 to stabilize the innings.

It was Jonty Rhodes who gave the real impetus to the innings with a breezy 83 off just 74 balls. He had a 75-run partnership with Kallis at a bit more than run-a-ball. With a 42-run stand between Rhodes and Lance Klusener, South Africa finished the innings with 259 for 7. 

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Boeta Dippenaar, 3.4 ov), 2-27 (Herschelle Gibbs, 7.6 ov), 3-105 (Neil McKenzie, 26.3 ov), 4-180 (Jacques Kallis, 38.4 ov), 5-222 (Lance Klusener, 45.3 ov), 6-232 (Mark Boucher, 46.4 ov), 7-256 (Jonty Rhodes, 49.3 ov)

Australia were looking good at one point with the score at 178/3. Matthew Hayden had done well to set things up with 78. Damien Martin and Darren Lehmann were both looking good in their thirties. However, the team slumped to 223/9 after failing to combat a fiery return spell from Makhaya Ntini.

By the 46th over, Australia required 37 for victory, with just one wicket in hand. The last wicket pair of Jimmy Maher and Nathan Hauritz joined hands to bring down the equation to 18 required off the last two overs and then 10 off the last over.

Kallis bowled a full-toss on the first ball of the last over which was called a no-ball by the umpire. 7 needed off 6. Five consecutive singles later, with two required off the last ball, only a single could be achieved as the match was tied. But from the place that Australia had got themselves into, it was no less than a victory.

Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Adam Gilchrist, 7.2 ov), 2-39 (Ricky Ponting, 9.4 ov), 3-112 (Damien Martyn, 27.2 ov), 4-178 (Darren Lehmann, 36.4 ov), 5-180 (Matthew Hayden, 37.2 ov), 6-194 (Shane Watson, 40.3 ov), 7-206 (Andy Bichel, 42.4 ov), 8-222 (Brett Lee, 44.6 ov), 9-223 (Jason Gillespie, 45.2 ov)



South Africa - Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher (wk), Andrew Hall, Shaun Pollock (c), Makhaya Ntini, Nicky Boje 

Australia - Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (c), Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher, Shane Watson, Andy Bichel, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Hauritz


Match Details

Match: RSA v AUS, 3rd ODI, Australia in South Africa ODI Series, 2002 

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 

Toss: South Africa won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 

Umpires: Karl Hurter, Rudi Koertzen 

Third Umpire: Muhammed Nanabhay 

Match Referee: Cammie Smith 


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