Nine Years Ago, During The Cape Town Test Between South Africa and Australia On November 11, Irony 11 As The Proteas Won The Match was A Once In A Thousand Years.
The Cape Town match of November 11, 2011, for South Africa vs. Australia Test, witnessed a remarkable phenomenon that came once in a thousand years. Number 11 played an important role, and the heights of chance left cricket spectators and statisticians ignorant. The three-day match contained plenty of records, but there was a statistical phenomenon on the third day of the test that left people shocked. South Africa needed 111 runs on November 11, 2011, and the time was 11:11 AM. Therefore, South Africa needed 111 runs to win the test on 11/11/11, and the timing was AM 11:11.
It was a brilliant South African Test match that bounced back in spectacular style. Australia was boosted by Michael Clarke’s knock of 151. In response, Shane Watson took 5/17, and Ryan Harris replied with four wickets as Australia bowled out South Africa for 96. In Australia, armed with a 188-run lead, they were in the driver’s seat, but they suffered a stunning collapse.
Vernon Philander took 5/15 and, backed by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Australia was reduced to 21/9, and it was thought they would be bowled out in Test cricket for the lowest total. The last-wicket stand of 26 between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon helped Australia cross 47 before being bowled off. By the end of the day, Jacques Rudolph had been lost to South Africa as 23 wickets dropped that day. The Indian cricket team’s former coach Gary Kirsten felt unwell and hadn’t watched the match. He thought there was a rain break when he saw the scoreboard, but little did he know the bowlers unleashed mayhem.
Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla ensured there were no more hiccups, and the equation read 111 more runs to win when South Africa reached 125/1 on Day 3. The fact that it took place on November 11, 2011, and the time was 11:11 AM, and the big news was the statistical miracle. Smith and Amla smashed eight wickets for centuries, and South Africa won the match. However, they did not win the series, as Australia won the next Johannesburg Test by three wickets to level the two-match series 1-1.