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    Originally posted by Samuel_Vimes
    9.1 Kallis to Abdul, SIX, take that! marvellous stuff, a splendid hook past long off
    How did he manage to do that?
    Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."


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    I was thinking the same thing I read it, probably meant long on

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    Just testing you out :duh:

    Still, good thing that you read it, shows that BBB commentary isn't a total waste of my time the night before physics exam...and since you've been so kind as to point out my mistake, here is the first five SA overs:

    *commentary mode on* Welcome back

    South Africa chase a not totally unlikely 188 under the sun here in Sydney

    England hit 186 against the same attack on a similar pitch at Majorca only last week

    Waqar takes the ball from the umpire

    Herschell Gibbs makes himself ready for the first delivery

    Here we go!

    0.1 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, a bit short and thrashed toward mid on, denied at boundary and quickly thrown back to the bowler
    0.2 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, wide outside leg, hit further through leg side, easy couple
    0.3 Waqar to Gibbs, FOUR, shot! on middle stump, lofted drive with a straight bat, evades the field and trickles away to the long off boundary, nice stuff
    0.4 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, short ball, on middle, hit straight back past the bowler to long on
    0.5 Waqar to Gibbs, FOUR, and again! too short again, charges down the pitch and plays it nicely to point, no fielder there
    0.6 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, first! pretty good ball but wide outside off, aims for the opera house roof, misses slightly but at least he gets the six
    0.7 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, good ball on the off, gets a thick edge to the ball, it evades Rashid and runs away
    0.8 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, a bit short, huge pull from Gibbs, hits Inzamam in his stomach and bounces off, some ten metres at least, Wasim gathers it

    South Africa 24/0 (HH Gibbs 24*, 8b, 2x4, 1x6, RRR: 164/9 = 18.22)
    Stand of 24
    Waqar Younis 8-24-0


    1.1 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, full toss, on middle, firm stroke from Gibbs past the mid on fielder
    1.2 Wasim to Gibbs, FOUR, full ball again, on the off this time, charges forward and pounces, ball darts past the mid on fielder on the way to the boundary, this is turning out well for SA
    1.3 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, shorter ball, on the off, tiny flick from Gibbs sends it just out of reach for the keeper, it trickles away
    1.4 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, sigh of relief from Pakistan as Gibbs push it down gully
    1.5 Wasim to Gibbs, two runs, good ball, gets a thick edge, past the keeper and down to third man
    1.6 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, flicked off his pads to deep square leg, picked up quickly
    1.7 Wasim to Gibbs, FOUR, good length ball on middle, lifts it back to long on with a straight bat
    1.8 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, wide outside leg, steers it to backward square leg with a controlled edge, impossible for the keeper to grab

    South Africa 45/0 (HH Gibbs 45*, 16b, 4x4, 1x6, RRR: 143/8 = 17.28)
    Stand of 45
    Wasim Akram 8-21-0


    2.1 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, short ball, lots of bounce, what a slash backwards, lofted high and over everybody, including the ropes, that was special! 50 up for South Africa and Gibbs after 17 balls
    2.2 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, and again! good length ball, driven back to mid on, over the fielders and the rope, no chance there, impressive batting now
    2.3 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, third! steps back, then hooks it, lots of air under that one, too much for the fielders anyway and it flies into the Pacific
    2.4 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, finally some peace and quiet, well timed stroke to mid on
    2.5 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, good length ball again, he's up to it, struck to long on and gets the couple
    2.6 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, very thick edge that, steered past the keeper to third man
    2.7 Waqar to Gibbs, three runs, neat flick off the bat, goes to deep square leg for the three
    2.8 Waqar to Gibbs, FOUR, symbolic end to the over, ball is too short, Gibbs charges down the pitch and gets it past point, well struck

    South Africa 76/0 (HH Gibbs 76*, 24b, 5x4, 4x6, RRR: 112/7 = 16.00)
    Stand of 76
    Waqar Younis 16-55-0


    3.1 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, good length ball, a bit wide outside off, can only push it down gully for the single
    3.2 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, good length ball again, this time better line as well, has to push it down the gully again
    3.3 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, good line and length, well lifted to the on side, over the fielders and he gets three
    3.4 Wasim to Gibbs, FOUR, a bit short that, gets down the pitch and meets that one, then turns it nicely to point
    3.5 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, boom! full toss, steps back, thunderous pull to the on side, that one should fall down in Wellington
    3.6 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, good ball, a bit outside leg, firm drive to mid on
    3.7 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, century! ball is short again, outside leg stump, he gets a huge edge and it's gone to deep square leg boundary and beyond, perfect stroke, that's 100 in 31 balls
    3.8 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, and again! this is not going to stop! ball is whipped to the long on boundary, over the fielders and out into the Pacific again

    South Africa 106/0 (HH Gibbs 106*, 32b, 6x4, 7x6, RRR: 82/6 = 13.67)
    Stand of 106
    Wasim Akram 16-51-0


    4.1 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, good ball, on middle and off, square cut through gully for two
    4.2 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, a bit shorter ball, on middle, same stroke from Gibbs gives another two runs
    4.3 Waqar to Gibbs, one run, gets hit on the pads and gets the single
    4.4 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, there he goes again! short ball, on the middle, smashes it past the mid on fielders, no chance to grab that, fantastic stroke, was that the winner for SA?
    4.5 Waqar to Gibbs, three runs, full toss, on off stump, well timed hook to long on, well stopped at the boundary
    4.6 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, on the off, square cut again and it runs out to third man
    4.7 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, oh my! well timed, hooks it again and it goes to mid on and beyond, gets loads of air under that one
    4.8 Waqar to Gibbs, three runs, good ball, another hook, this time stopped at the boundary

    South Africa 131/0 (HH Gibbs 131*, 40b, 6x4, 9x6, RRR: 57/5 = 11.40)
    Stand of 131
    Waqar Younis 24-80-0
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    This could well have been the first ever 300* if there hadn't been that 188 in the way. Oh well... I love my game
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    5.1 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, flicked off his pads again
    5.2 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, well that must surely be it! splendid pull to mid on, beats all the fielders and goes out, only 50 left now for South Africa, that's his tenth six!
    5.3 Wasim to Gibbs, three runs, good ball, on middle, hooked that one to mid on, lucky stop at the boundary from Gibbs
    5.4 Wasim to Gibbs, two runs, good length ball, a bit outside off stump, guided further down gully and gets two runs
    5.5 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, and again! no stopping this man, this time a perfect delivery, but just too perfect and too easy to see, pulled to mid on
    5.6 Wasim to Gibbs, SIX, well now! no point in watching anymore guys, this is done and dusted as a bit short ball is thrashed to mid on, that's 150 and more for Gibbs and SA in just 46 balls!
    5.7 Wasim to Gibbs, two runs, another square cut, goes through gully
    5.8 Wasim to Gibbs, one run, good ball, well pulled, stopped for a single

    South Africa 158/0 (HH Gibbs 158*, 48b, 6x4, 12x6, RRR: 30/4 = 7.50)
    Stand of 158
    Wasim Akram 24-78-0


    6.1 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, yet again! a bit short and outside off, marvellous pull lofted to square leg
    6.2 Waqar to Gibbs, three runs, well flicked past the keeper, down to deep backward square leg, burrows in the sand before anyone can get to it
    6.3 Waqar to Gibbs, three runs, bit of a short ball outside the off, gets an edge and it flies past the keeper, no chance
    6.4 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, steps back to the short ball, then smacks it to square leg
    6.5 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, that's his fifteenth folks, pulls it well to long on, didn't have a chance
    6.6 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, wants to prolong the excitement, ball goes to mid on but not quite to the boundary, four runs left
    6.7 Waqar to Gibbs, two runs, seems like he wants to stay on for as long as possible, walks the second run
    6.8 Waqar to Gibbs, SIX, a fine end to this World Cup! Congratulations to South Africa as Herschell Gibbs hits his 22nd boundary out of 56 balls and secures the first Beach Cricket World Cup for the South African side, he makes 192 not out with a strike rate of 342, now imagine if he'd been batting first

    Scorecards:

    Pakistan innings:

    Inzamam-ul-Haq*..............b Pollock....27.12.2..0
    Rashid Latif+...c Gibbs......b Pollock....66.28.3..1
    Abdul Razzaq.............not out..........94.39.3..4
    Total (2 wickets, 80 balls)..............187

    DNB: Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram

    Bowling: Ntini 32-77-0, Pollock 32-71-2, Kallis 16-39-0

    South Africa innings:
    HH Gibbs.................not out.........192.56.6.16
    Total (no wicket, 56 balls)..............192

    DNB: MV Boucher+, JH Kallis, SM Pollock*, M Ntini

    Bowling: Waqar Younis 32-114-0, Wasim Akram 24-78-0


    Top three runscorers of the tournaments:

    ME Trescothick (England) 412
    HH Gibbs (South Africa) 408
    Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 405

    All have played 4 games.

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