A lot of elevens in a Test too bizarre

2011-11-12 00:00

THE Test match between South Africa and Australia that ended at Newlands yesterday was nothing short of bizarre, and not just for the reasons that emerged after Thursday’s pandemonium where wickets tumbled continuously throughout the day.

As was well documented on social media sites throughout the world, yesterday’s date was 11/11/11.

What was less obvious, but far more mind-boggling, was the manner in which the Proteas’ run chase contributed to the already unique date. When the clock struck 11 am yesterday, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla were still at the wicket with the Proteas’ score on, believe it or not, 111/1. If they had failed to score a run in the next 11 minutes, then there would have been the outrageously freaky situation of South Africa being on 111/1 at 11.11 am on 11/11/11. As it turns out, Smith and Amla managed a few runs in those 11 minutes but that was not the end of the day’s peculiarities. When it was that moment in the day when the clock read 11 minutes and 11 seconds past 11 am on the 11/11/11, it just so happened that the Proteas needed 111 runs to win the Test match. Who ever said that Test cricket was boring? — Witness Reporter.

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