A Lot of Elevens in a Test too Bizarre

THE Test match between South Africa and Australia that ended at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town yesterday was nothing short of bizarre, and not just for the reasons that emerged after Thursday’s pandemonium where 23 wickets tumbled continuously throughout the second day.

As was well documented on social media sites throughout the world, yesterday’s date was 11/11/11.

What was less obvious, but far more mind-boggling, was the manner in which the Proteas’ run chase contributed to the already unique date. When the clock struck 11am yesterday, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla were still at the wicket with the Proteas’ score on, believe it or not, 111/1. If they had failed to score a run in the next 11 minutes, then there would have been the outrageously freaky situation of South Africa being on 111/1 at 11:11:11am on 11/11/11. As it turns out, Smith and Amla managed a few runs in those 11 minutes, but that was not the end of the day’s peculiarities. When it was that moment in the day when the clock read 11 minutes and 11 seconds past 11am on the 11/11/11, it just so happened that the Proteas’ needed 111 runs (125/1) to win the Test match. Who ever said that Test cricket was boring? – Adapted from the Witness Reporter.

And for the staticians the Test match was wrapped up before lunch on day 3 of 5 and here are the scores:

  • Australia 1st Innings – 284 All Out (M. Clarke 151, D. Steyn 4/55, V. Philander 3/63)
  • South Africa 1st Innings – 96 All Out (G. Smith 37, S. Watson 5/17, R. Harris 4/33)
  • Australia 2nd Innings – 47 All Out (V. Philander 5/15) (At one stage Australia were 21/9)
  • South Africa 2nd Innings – 236/2 (G. Smith 101 Not Out, H. Amla 112)

Man of the Match: Debutant Vernon Philander (South Africa) for match figures of 8/78

South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets (1 up in a 2 match Series)

And through all of this, God Almighty the Lord Jesus Christ was still in control of all things, reigning on High, seated on his Heavenly Throne. Nothing changed!

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