Herschelle Gibbs made his entry into record books on several counts with his incredible hitting at Basseterre against Netherlands. We take a look at the major records, which were tumbled during South African innings:
Herschelle Gibbs smashed Dan vun Bunge for six sixes in his fourth over (30th of the innings). He thus became first batsman to hit six sixes in one over in ODIs. In fact no other batsman has even managed five sixes in one over. Gibbs, in fact, had hit seven sixes in eight balls at one stage.
The 36 runs conceded by van Bunge is obviously a new record in ODIs. The previous best was of 30 runs made twice – both times by Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya - v Pakistan at Singapore in 1995-96 (bowler Aamir Sohail) and v New Zealand at Sharjah in 2000-01 (bowler Chris Harris). Incidentally the previous record in a world cup match was of 28 runs by Darren Lehmann (off Namibia's Rudi van Vuuren at Potchefstroom in 2002-03).
The seven sixes are the second highest tally of sixes by any batsman in a World Cup game. Only Ricky Ponting (8 v India at Johannesburg in 2002-03) has hit more sixes in a World Cup game. Gibbs is now tied with West Indian Viv Richards and India's Sourav Ganguly.
Gibbs became first South African batsman to hit seven sixes in an innings on TWO occasions. He had also hit seven sixes against Australia at Johannesburg during that famous world record chase in 2005-06.
Gibbs has now hit 21 sixes in 16 World Cup games – most by a South African in World Cup and fourth highest by any batsman after Ricky Ponting (24), Sourav Ganguly (23) and Viv Richards (22). Lance Klusener (16) was previous record holder for South Africa in World Cup.
Mark Boucher raced to his fifty off just 21 balls, which is the fastest fifty in World Cup cricket. West Indies' Brian Lara had taken 23 balls for his fifty against Canada- another minnow- at Centurion in 2002-03.
Boucher's innings of 75* off just 31 balls (SR 241.93) is the fastest for a batsman scoring atleast a fifty in World Cup matches. West Indian Wavell Hinds had scored 64 runs off 31 balls (SR 206.45) against Canada at Centurion in 2002-03.
The 18 sixes in South African innings are the maximum in an innings. The previous record was of 16 sixes jointly held by New Zealand (v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2005) and Australia (v New Zealand at Hamilton in 2006-07). The previous record in a world cup game was of 14 sixes by Sri Lanka against Kenya at Kandy in 1995-96.
228 runs came in boundaries in South African innings. This provided only the second instance in World Cup history when 200 runs were scored in boundaries alone. Sri Lanka had scored 256 runs in boundaries (43 fours and 14 sixes) during their 398-5 against Kenya at Kandy in 1995-96. However that was a 50-overs game.
-South Africa's total of 353-3 is their highest in World Cup beating the 328-3 against the same opponents at Rawalpindi in 1995-96.
-South Africa's 350 came in exactly 40 overs – the fastest 350 in ODI history. New Zealand had taken 41 overs against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2006 to reach 350-mark.
-South Africa's run-rate of 8.82 is the second highest in all ODIs for a side scoring 200 or more.