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The game of cricket has evolved a great deal over the past decade or so and the historic ODI of 2006 between Australia and South Africa played a vital role in familiarizing the modern game with big totals and aggressive run chases.

The series was hanging in balance as the 5th ODI in Johannesburg became a virtual final of the historic series. Batting first, Australia put up a humungous total of 434 on the board, thanks to batting master class by skipper Ricky Ponting which helped the visitors score the highest ever total in an ODI game.

All seemed lost for South Africa at the halfway point as no one gave them a chance in front of a potent Australian bowling lineup. However, Herschelle Gibbs and the Proteas batsmen had different plans in mind as they went berserk from the word go and eventually got through on the final ball of the game.

Man of the match from that game, Herschelle Gibbs recalled the historic game on its 13th anniversary as he said that it was a great privilege for him to be a part of such a historic game.

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