Who would have predicted that: South Africa's Andrew Hall all-round effort restricts Australia to a tie
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.
South Africa have had many exciting games since their return to international cricket following an exile of 20 years. But, none has been more exciting than the nail-biters against Australia. In the first year of the new century, South Africa and Australia tied two matches against each other in a matter of five games. The second of the two is the focus of the article.
South Africa 226/8 (50 overs) - Jonty Rhodes 54 (53), Mark Boucher 51 (63); Jason Gillespie 3/40 (10), Ian Harvey 2/43 (10)
Australia 226/9 (50 overs) - Mark Waugh 48 (64), Ricky Ponting 39 (61); Andrew Hall 2/8 (3), Nicky Boje 2/33 (10)
Result - Match tied
With Australia having won the first ODI on South Africa's tour in 2000, the hosts were looking to close the three-match series at Melbourne. Each of South Africa's top three in Andrew Hall (37), Gary Kirsten (22) and Jacques Kallis (22) were dismissed after getting starts.
At 95 for 4 in the 26th over, South Africa found themselves in a spot of bother. However, a crucial partnership between Jonty Rhodes and Mark Boucher, with both notching up half-centuries, saved South Africa a quick fold-up.
The team posted 226 runs on the board - not quite a competitive total on a true Melbourne surface. Jason Gillespie, who was making a comeback after injury, was the leading bowler for Australia with figures of 10-40-3.
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Gary Kirsten, 12.5 ov), 2-70 (Andrew Hall, 18.4 ov), 3-78 (Daryll Cullinan, 20.6 ov), 4-95 (Jacques Kallis, 25.2 ov), 5-182 (Jonty Rhodes, 39.4 ov), 6-201 (Mark Boucher, 44.6 ov), 7-210 (Lance Klusener, 47.2 ov), 8-210 (Shaun Pollock, 47.4 ov)
Like South Africa's top three, Australia's first three batsmen Mark Waugh (48), Adam Gilchrist (37) and Ricky Ponting (39) also got starts. Although they added more than 100 runs among themselves, none could go on to score a half-century.
With Australia at 146/2 in the 34th over, left-arm spinner Nicky Boje and all-rounders Lance Klusener and Andrew Hall turned the game. Hall, who hadn't picked up an international wicket before that match, put in an inspired bowling effort with 2/8 from 3 overs.
Jason Gillespie was run-out by South African captain Shaun Pollock to restrict Australia to a tie. The visitors went on to win the last match to tie the series.
Fall of wickets: 1-78 (Adam Gilchrist, 17.3 ov), 2-105 (Mark Waugh, 23.4 ov), 3-146 (Damien Martyn, 33.2 ov), 4-164 (Ricky Ponting, 38.2 ov), 5-177 (Andrew Symonds, 41.2 ov), 6-193 (Ian Harvey, 45.1 ov), 7-213 (Michael Bevan, 48.2 ov), 8-214 (Steve Waugh, 48.6 ov), 9-223 (Jason Gillespie, 49.4 ov)
Australia - Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Steve Waugh (c), Ian Harvey, Michael Bevan, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath
South Africa - Andrew Hall, Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan, Jonty Rhodes, Mark Boucher (wk), Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock (c), Nicky Boje, Roger Telemachus, David Terbrugge
Match: AUS v RSA, 2nd ODI, South Africa in Australia ODI Series, 2000
Date: Friday, August 18, 2000 Toss South Africa won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Umpires: Daryl Harper, Peter Parker
Third Umpire: Simon Taufel
Match Referee: Brian Hastings
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