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Punter(s) bowled over by SA win

It was not only Ponting and his men, but the Aussie gamblers also re-learnt an old lesson that there was no such thing as a certainty.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 16:28 IST

Australian gamblers re-learnt an old lesson along with the nation's cricketers in this week's record breaking one-day international in Johannesburg: there's no such thing as a certainty.

After Australia posted a record one-day total of 434 at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday, three punters lost 56,000 dollars ($42,000) betting that South Africa could not beat it.

The odds were not attractive. Two of the gamblers bet 20,000 dollars each with Centrebet at 1.01 to one for the chance to win just 200 dollars.

The third put 16,000 dollars on with Sportsbook.Com.Au at 1.06 to one, hoping to make 960 dollars. All lost when South Africa romped home with one ball to spare.

"I almost didn't bother putting the odds up between innings," Centrebet's Gerard Daffy told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I didn't think anyone would be interested. It just goes to show again, there's no such thing as a certainty. It's what keeps bookmakers in business."

Nobody backed South Africa at Centrebet's odds of 26 to one.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 16:28 IST