Blasts from the past: That unforgettable 438 run chase
Today in SA sports history: March 12
1889 — SA competes in their first-ever cricket international, playing England in Port Elizabeth. The Test, scheduled for three days, was over in two. The hosts were bowled out for 84 and 129, and England, scoring 148 and 67/2, won by eight wickets. Only two SA batsmen made double figures in SA’s first innings, opener Bernard Tancred (29) and skipper Owen Dunell (26). Tancred was SA’s top scorer in the second innings again, managing 29 once more. The first SA bowler to take a Test wicket was left-arm medium-pacer Gus Kempis, who bowled George Ulyett for four. Kempis took 3/53 in England’s first innings and 1/23 in the second. That was his only Test.
2006 — SA scores a then-record ODI total of 438 as they clinch a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia at the Wanderers. Australia had posted 434/4 in their 50 overs, with captain Ricky Ponting scoring 164 from 105 balls. Herschelle Gibbs, batting at three, fired 175 from 111 deliveries to give the platform for victory. But it went down to the wire with Mark Boucher hitting four off the penultimate ball, bowled by Brett Lee, to win the match and take the series 3-2.
2009 — Vusi Malinga is knocked out in the first round by Japan’s WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Kobe.
2018 — The Proteas draw level in the Test series against Australia as they win the second five-dayer by six wickets in Port Elizabeth. SA had little trouble reaching the 101-run victory target on the fourth day. The match was ultimately won in the first innings when SA scored 382 – AB de Villiers top-scoring with 126 not out – in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 243.