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Who would have predicted that: When a Glenn McGrath storm blew away hapless Namibia

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.

In the 31st match of the 2003 ICC World Cup at Potchefstroom, Namibia were up against the challenge of the mighty Aussies. Glenn McGrath recorded his best ODI figures of 7/15 in that game as Namibia were bowled out for just 45.

 Match Summary

Australia 301/6(50 overs) - Matthew Hayden88 (73), Andrew Symonds59 (63); Louis Burger3/39(10), Burton van Rooi1/24(6)

Namibia 45(14 overs) - Deon Kotze10 (14), Melt van Schoor6 (10); Glenn McGrath7/15(7), Andy Bichel2/0(1)

Considering that 350 was very much on the cards at one point, the Namibia bowlers did not do too badly by restricting Australia to 301 for 6 from their 50 overs. Matthew Hayden was the top scorer for Australia with a 73-ball 88 while Andrew Symonds struck a breezy half-century.

But it was the unbeaten 50 from Darren Lehman which forced the issue towards the end. Lehman struck 5 fours and 3 sixes in his knock that came at a strike rate of more than 160.

Louis Burger was the most successful bowler for Namibia with figures of 10-1-39-3 while Burton van Rooi and BL Kotze also chipped in with the one wicket each.


 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Adam Gilchrist, 5.6 ov), 2-104 (Michael Bevan, 19.6 ov), 3-140 (Matthew Hayden, 23.5 ov), 4-146 (Ricky Ponting, 25.5 ov), 5-230 (Andrew Symonds, 42.2 ov), 6-231 (Damien Martyn, 42.5 ov)

As the Namibia openers walked to the crease, they hardly had any idea of what was about to hit them. Glenn McGrath struck with the new ball in the very first over, dismissing Jan-Berrie Burger off the fourth ball.

McGrath kept running in and dismissing one batsman after another as Zimbabwe lost their last four wickets at the same score. The team was dismissed for just 45 within 14 overs - their lowest ODI total. McGrath's 7/15 were his best bowling figures in ODIs and World Cups, the previous best being 5/14 v West Indies at Manchester in 1999.

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Jan-Berrie Burger, 0.4 ov), 2-14 (Stefan Swanepoel, 3.2 ov), 3-16 (Morne Karg, 4.6 ov), 4-17 (Gavin Murgatroyd, 6.3 ov), 5-28 (Danie Keulder, 8.4 ov), 6-34 (Louis Burger, 10.5 ov), 7-45 (Deon Kotze, 12.2 ov), 8-45 (Bjorn Kotze, 12.5 ov), 9-45 (Melt van Schoor, 13.5 ov), 10-45 (Rudi van Vuuren, 13.6 ov)



Australia - Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Michael Bevan, Andrew Symonds, Ricky Ponting (c), Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Andy Bichel, Glenn McGrath 

Namibia - Jan-Berrie Burger, Stefan Swanepoel, Morne Karg, Danie Keulder, Gavin Murgatroyd, Deon Kotze (c), Louis Burger, Melt van Schoor (wk), Bjorn Kotze, Burton van Rooi, Rudi van Vuuren

Match Details

Match: AUS vs NAM, 31st Match, ICC World Cup, 2003 

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2003 

Toss: Australia won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 

Umpires: Billy Bowden, Russell Tiffin

TV Umpire: Neil Mallender

Match Referee: Gundappa Viswanath


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