Australia's Karachi heartbreak
One of the greatest Tests of modern times came to a dramatic conclusion in Karachi. Pakistan needed 314 to beat Australia in the first Test; but when they fell to 258 for 9, their first ever defeat at the National Stadium - and Australia's first win in Pakistan for 35 years - looked a certainty. But Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed flayed an injury-ravaged attack for 53 runs in eight overs to leave only three needed for victory. Inzamam gave Shane Warne the charge and missed, only for Ian Healy to let a difficult stumping chance go for four byes. It was the highest last-wicket partnership ever to win a Test, and Australia's wait for a victory in Pakistan went on...
... for another four years. On this day in Rawalpindi, Steve Waugh set them up for that long-awaited win with one of his greatest innings. Australia were rocking on 28 for 3 in the first Test in reply to Pakistan's 269, when Waugh hit a brilliant 157. He added 198 for the fourth wicket with Michael Slater and so demoralised Pakistan that Australia went on to win the match by an innings and the series 1-0.
When Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera had last man Yasir Shah caught superbly at short leg in the final session on day five of the first Test, in Abu Dhabi, it brought to an end a thriller, with Pakistan just 25 short of victory. Or so everyone thought - but it turned out Perera had bowled a no-ball, and so Pakistan hung in again, for all of six deliveries, before the old master Rangana Herath had Mohammad Abbas lbw to seal the deal properly. It was Herath's 400th Test wicket, Pakistan's first Test loss in ten Tests in Abu Dhabi, and Sri Lanka's first overseas Test win (other than in Zimbabwe) in three years. To think that they had been 101 for 8 in their second dig, earlier on the last day, heading for what looked like defeat.
In Trinidad, Pelham Francis "Plum" Warner was born. He was the second man to carry his bat for England, when he made 132 on his Test debut, in Johannesburg in 1898-99, a match in which no other Englishman passed 30. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1904 and 1921, and was knighted in 1937 for services to cricket. A tribute in the Wisden Almanack said: "There have been many greater cricketers than Pelham Warner but none more devoted to the game." He was captain of Middlesex for 12 years, and in 1920 he led them to an unlikely Championship triumph. He founded the Cricketer magazine in 1921, and was also the manager of the controversial Bodyline tour of Australia in 1932-33. When he died in 1963, his ashes were scattered in front of the stand at Lord's that bears his name.
The birth of a true allrounder. Indian "Budhi" Kunderan did a bit of everything: he was an exciting batsman, a more than competent wicketkeeper and an occasional medium-pacer. He batted at No. 1 and 11 in Tests; and he is one of a select few to open the batting and bowling in the same Test. He also frequently combined opening and keeping wicket, as he did when he made the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper, 192 against England in Madras in 1963-64. But thanks mainly to the excellence of the mercurial Farokh Engineer, Kunderan only played 18 Tests. He died of lung cancer at the age of 66.
A cricketer is born into a family of wrestlers. Praveen Kumar perennially looks like he wants to pile-drive batsmen, but instead he bowls medium pace, swings the ball both ways, and somehow gets wickets on flat Indian pitches. While he was always a regular member of India's limited-overs sides, there were doubts he would be effective in Tests until he chipped in with his swingers in West Indies and England in 2011. In England he was India's leading wicket-taker, with 15 wickets, despite missing a Test. He struggled with fitness and disciplinary issues thereafter and was dropped.
A fast finish in Lahore. In the deciding third one-day international against India, Pakistan were set 217 to win in 49 overs but they used up barely half the quota, thrashing 219 for 1 in 26.2 overs. The usual suspects did the damage: Ijaz Ahmed hit 139 not out off 84 balls, with ten fours and nine sixes, while Shahid Afridi smote 47 off just 23 balls.
Birth of that punishing allrounder Tom Moody, who went on to coach Sri Lanka, Western Australia and the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. It is a sign of Australia's omnipotence throughout the 1990s that Moody played only eight Tests. He was quickly typecast as a one-day man, and was a regular in the side that won the 1999 World Cup in England. Moody was also an outstanding performer at county level, and helped Worcestershire to the NatWest Trophy in 1994 with match-winning performances in the semi-final (180 not out v Surrey) and final (88 not out and 12-4-17-1 v his old county Warwickshire). Moody also broke a world record in Scotland in 1989 when he threw a haggis over 230 feet.
The cruellest twist of fate awaited Alan Wells, who was born today, when he finally made his overdue Test debut in the sixth Test against West Indies in 1995. On an absolute belter at The Oval - 1369 runs were scored in the match for the loss of 22 wickets - Wells fended his first ball from Curtly Ambrose off his hip and straight to short leg. He made 3 not out in the second innings, but as happened to so many Oval debutants in the 1990s, he did not play again.
If Wells got a rough deal, then what of Plum Lewis, the brilliant South African batsman who was born today? After a blistering 151 for Western Province against England in the opening match of the 1913-14 tour, Lewis was picked for the first Test in Durban. But in what proved to be his only Test he bagged a pair - c Woolley b Barnes in each innings - and was then severely wounded in the leg during the First World War. After that he was only able to play club cricket, and that required the aid of a runner.
Dangerous middle-order batsman Justin Kemp, who was born today, was an attacker in the Lance Klusener mould. His 64-ball 73 against New Zealand in Bloemfontein established him as one of the biggest hitters in the game, and he was duly named Man of the Series. A couple of good innings in the Champions Trophy in late 2006 made way for Kemp's maiden ODI hundred, an awe-inspiring unbeaten 100 against India in Cape Town. But disappointing outings at the 2007 World Cup and the inaugural World T20 resulted in him being dropped.
A devastating batting performance in a trial match in Johannesburg, where South Africa racked up 618 for 4 on the first day against the Rest of South Africa. There were hundreds for Colin Bland, Graeme Pollock, Tony Pithey and Denis Lindsay, and in the last 99 minutes' play Bland and Lindsay added a mind-blowing 267.
1930 Jayasinghrao Ghorpade (India)
1933 Tony Catt (Kent)
1934 Geoff Millman (England)
1936 Ian McLachlan (Australia)
1945 Jan Lumsden (Australia)
1948 Robert "Jumbo" Anderson (New Zealand)
1972 Andre van Troost (Netherlands)
1974 Matt Nicholson (Australia)