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Gibbs hits six sixes in an over, makes history

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2007 08:55 IST

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South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs became the first batsman in one-day cricket history to smash six successive sixes in an over of the Netherlands' Daan van Bunge in a Group A World Cup match on Friday.

The 33-year-old hard-hitting batsman picked the leg-spinner for special treatment, scoring 36 runs in his fourth - and the innings' 30th - over during his 72-run knock over at the Warner Park. Gibbs also reached his 28th half-century during this over.

It was also the first occasion in the World Cup history when six consecutive sixes were hit in an over.

Only West Indies great Sir Garfield Sobers and India's Ravi Shastri had hit six sixes in an over in any form of cricket before Gibbs' feat.

Gibbs' first six sailed over long on boundary after he stepped out against van Bunge, the second one went over long-off and the third one was also sent over long off when the leg-spinner bowled a flatter trajectory.

The fourth ball was a low full toss, but Gibbs pulled it over mid wicket fence and although the fifth was a bit short of length, the right-hander had no problem in despatching it over wide of long off.

Having hit five successive sixes, Gibbs was on the threshold of emulating Sobers and Shastri. Will he do it?

As 24-year-old van Bunge, playing his 22nd ODI and already grimacing following the onslaught, bowled the last ball outside the off stump Gibbs carted it over the deep midwicket boundary for the epoch-making sixth six. Total carnage!

Gibbs was finally out when he tried to hit another six off Luuk van Troost, but mistimed the shot and spooned a catch, interestingly, to van Bunge at long on.

Playing his 199th ODI, he scored 72 runs off just 40 balls and hit four boundaries and seven sixes as South Africa finished at 353 for three wickets in 40 overs in the rain-affected match.

Gibbs' knock out in shade Jacques Kallis' unbeaten 128.

The previous instance of this kind of carnage had occurred 23 years ago.

Shastri, batting for Bombay, had scored six sixes off Baroda's Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match in Bombay in 1984-85.

Before Shastri, Sobers, batting for Nottinghamshire, had set the record against Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash in a county championship match in Swansea in 1968.