April 25th, 2007 : Quiztion of the Day - 44
Shaun Tait took four wickets for 39 runs with Watson and Hogg chipping in with a wicket each. There were just three batsmen who could reach double figures in entire South African innings. Justin Kemp top scored with 49not out where as Herschelle Gibbs made 39 and for a while their partnership looked like resurrecting South African total to a reasonable number. AB de Villiers with 15 was the only other batsman who could score more than 8 runs.
Though Australia lost out of form Gilchrist to the first ball of the second over bowled by Langeveldt a target of 150 was never going to be an insurmountable for the current Australian team on any surface under any conditions against any opposition. Hayden made 41 and went past 600 runs for this tournament. Ricky Ponting made a relatively low score of 22 for the standards he setup in this tournament. But Michael Clarke flourished again with his fourth fifty (60*) of the tournament whereas Andrew Symonds made an unbeaten 18 and hit the winning boundary to take Australia to the World Cup finals for the sixth time and fourth in succession.
The brains trust of South Africa must be wondering what hit them to come up with such a pathetic display in a World Cup semi-final. They not only lived up their chokers tag but also were bowled out for their lowest total.
Today’s ‘Quiztion of the day’ relates to another semi-final match which was started on equally disastrous note. Here it is:
In another semi-final encounter which too involved Australia, the match was started on even worse note than this semi-final match. Surprisingly Australia was at the receiving end. In fact their fourth wicket fell at a much lower score than South Africa’s in this semi-final. But Australia went on to win that match with a huge fifth wicket partnership between an unlikely pair. Name the players and provide the details.
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