Australia vs South Africa. Which game was better? The 1999 WC semi-final or the 400+ game?
In 2006 on a bouncy Johannesburg with the ODI series squared 2-2, Australia was looked poised to win it after they became the first ever team to reach 400+ runs in an innings. They went onto make 4-434 partially thanks to Ricky Ponting who made 164 as well as Michael Hussey and Simon Katich made 81 and 79 respectively. South Africa in reply lost Boeta Dippenaar very early in the match for 1. From there they stormed to 190 around 20 overs later before Graeme Smith was caught out on 90 runs. This didn't stop Graeme Smith who hammered the ball for another 10 overs before being caught out on 175 from 111 balls. With South Africa Poised nicely they would begin to lose more wickets while being steadily on course to win. In the last over Brett Lee got Andrew Hall out to bring in no. 11 Makhaya Ntini onstrike with 3 balls to go. Ntini would score a quick single towards third man bringing Mark Boucher onstrike. With scores level and 2 balls left, Boutcher would slog a 4 to bring up his 50 and win the game and series for South Africa who finished on 438-9.
I think that the 400+ game was better in my opinion, because it wasn't determined by one moment in the game. It was rather determined by a whole 100 overs of effort of hard hitting.