Action Replay ICC Cricket World Cup - South Africa 2003

40th ODI: South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3 Mar 2003
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Chasing a target of 269 runs, Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith got off to a fantastic start under lights, hitting the ball cleanly through both sides of the pitch. They added 65 runs in the first 11 overs, and threatened to take the game away on their own. Skipper Jayasuriya introduced de Silva into the attack. With the very first ball, de Silva struck, Smith (35) smashing a rank long hop to the solitary man in the deep on the on side - Gunaratne at mid-wicket fence. Gary Kirsten made a brief appearance, before being bowled by de Silva. Gibbs was at his majestic best for the best part of his innings, playing some stunning pull shots. South Africa wanted Gibbs to play a big knock and finish the game. But in the 29th over, that wizard by the name of Muttiah Muralitharan struck; Gibbs trying to sweep, misjudged the turn, and the ball took the leg stump. Gibbs (73 off 88 balls) departed after the third umpire confirmed that he was indeed bowled by that beauty.

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