More records tumble as South Africa makes merry

  • Jacques Kallis scores unbeaten century
  • The match saw the maximum number of sixes in a WC innings

    BASSETERRE (St. Kitts): Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in one over and wicketkeeper batsman Mark Boucher scored the fastest half-century of the World Cup as South Africa made merry against the Netherlands in a Group `A' match here on Friday.

    The match, which was reduced to 40 overs because of rain, also saw the most number of sixes, 18, in a World Cup innings, surpassing the old record of 15.

    South Africa, riding on the knocks of Jacques Kallis (128 not out, 109 balls), Gibbs (72, 40 balls) and Mark Boucher (75, 31 balls) set a mammoth 354 target for its low-profile rival, which despite being at the receiving end, came up with some stunning efforts on the field.

    Gibbs's feat

    The 33-year-old Gibbs thus also set an international record. He smashed the first three balls from leg-spinner Daan van Bunge over the short boundary straight down the ground at Warner Park in the 30th over.

    The fourth ball was a full toss that disappeared over the midwicket fence, while Gibbs flat-batted a short fifth ball over long on. He finished by doing the same with the last ball over long off.

    Gibbs went from 32 to 68 before Van Bunge caught him in the next over at long on off Luuk van Troost's bowling for 72.

    West Indies great Sir Garfield Sobers and India's Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in one over during first-class matches.

    Only last week, a tournament sponsor promised to donate US$1 million to charity if any batsman hit six sixes in one over during the World Cup.

    Former West Indies skipper Viv Richards had hoped on the eve of the World Cup that six successive sixes would be hit.

    ``These days we are seeing more and more big totals and sixes being hit in one-day cricket by powerful batsmen with big bats, yet no-one has ever hit six sixes in one over of any international match,'' said Richards on Tuesday.

    ``The only people who have ever done it in first-class cricket are our own Gary Sobers and India's Ravi Shastri and to me this tournament, with our traditionally short boundaries, is the time to change that.''

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