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India break their Australian duck

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Syed Kirmani: only the third nightwatchman to score a Test hundred
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1979
India clinched their first series victory over Australia with a thumping win in the sixth Test in Bombay. Going into the match 0-1 down, Australia had to win to square the series, but Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan closed the door with an opening partnership of 192. Gavaskar and Syed Kirmani made hundreds (Kirmani was only the third nightwatchman to do so in a Test), and the No. 9, Karsan Ghavri, iced the cake with a rumbustious 86 to take the score to 458. With no hope of victory, Australia subsided meekly. In the first innings only Graham Yallop (60) passed 25, in the second only Allan Border (61) and Kim Hughes (80) reached double figures, and India wrapped up victory by an innings and 100 runs, with a day to spare.

1980
The birth of James Franklin, the New Zealand left-arm fast bowler who made his one-day debut in 2000-01. In Bangladesh in 2004 he took a hat-trick in the first Test in Dhaka, and 6 for 119 against Australia back home in March 2005. Franklin also boosted his all-round credentials with an unbeaten 122 - and a stand of 256 with Stephen Fleming - against South Africa in Cape Town. A knee injury, which he underwent surgery for, hampered his 2006-07 season, but he made a comeback in 2008 and turned himself into something of a Twenty20 specialist, even though the selectors didn't pick him for the 2010 World Twenty20. He played the next edition and also gained a central contract after losing it in 2011.

1996
At the age of 18, in only his second first-class match, Wasim Jaffer hammered an unbeaten 314 for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra in Rajkot. No one else has ever made a triple-hundred so early in their career. For good measure, Jaffer added 457 for the first wicket with Sulakshan Kulkarni.

1994
Missing luggage held up the one-dayer between West Indies and India in Visakhapatnam. West Indies' kit was wrongly routed to Madras, and by the time the problem was eventually sorted out there was time for only 44 overs apiece. It was a cracking match, though. India hurtled to 260 for 4, with Navjot Sidhu making an unbeaten 114, and West Indies were docked an over for their sluggish bowling rate. It proved crucial, as they fell only four runs short, despite a brilliant 47-ball 74 from Carl Hooper.

2008
Australian offspinner Jason Krejza took eight on debut against India. But it wasn't exactly a dream start to his career. After going wicketless for 199 runs in the tour game, Krejza must have been very pleased to get the eighth-best figures in an innings for a bowler (the fourth-best by an Australian bowler) even if it also featured the most runs conceded by a bowler on debut - 215. He went on to take 12 for 358 in the match but has played only one other Test since.

2000
The death of Jim Hutchinson, the last first-class cricketer to have been born in the 19th century, and at 103 years and 344 days, the longest-lived first-class player whose date of birth and death are verified. He played more than 200 times for Derbyshire between the wars as a specialist batsman but never passed 1000 runs in a season.

1951
A sterling rearguard action from Allan Watkins (137*) salvaged a draw for England in the first Test against India in Delhi. It was close to an England A side (there was no Hutton, May, Compton, Laker or Bedser) and India came mighty close to grabbing their first Test win after taking a first-innings lead of 215. After that it was good old-fashioned attritional stuff: England ended with 368 for 6 from 221 overs, with left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad returning the staggering figures of 76-47-58-4.

1876
When you're on a hat-trick the last thing you expect to see is a batsman give you the charge. But that's exactly what happened to Charles Townsend, who was born today, when he became the only bowler ever to take a first-class hat-trick of stumpings, for Gloucestershire against Somerset in Cheltenham in 1893, when William Brain stumped the last man Ted Tyler. Townsend, whose son David also played for England, was a fine allrounder - a left-handed dasher and an economical legspinner - but he played only two Tests, both against Australia in 1899.

1966
The career of New Zealand left-arm seamer Murphy Su'a, born to Western Samoan parents on this day, came alive after two mediocre seasons with Northern Districts. In his first season (1990-91) he grabbed 28 wickets in nine matches. He won a Test call-up against England the following summer, and took his Test best of 5 for 73 against Pakistan in Hamilton in January 1993. He struggled thereafter, though, taking 5 for 434 in four Tests against Australia, and drifted out of the reckoning.

1889
Birth of Lord Lionel Tennyson, who played nine Tests for England between 1913 and 1921. He was a lusty hitter who captained England in his last three Tests, all against Australia. His fearlessness and bravery were best shown in the third Test at Headingley in 1921, when he withstood the pain of a split hand to make 63 and 36. He also played for Hampshire (whose wicketkeeper, Walter Livsey, was also his butler) for 23 years, and he hammered 217 for them against the West Indians in Southampton in 1928. He died in 1951.

1979
Manjural Islam, the Bangladesh left-arm seamer who was born today, came into prominence during the 1999 World Cup in England. He took 6 for 81 on his Test debut against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in April 2001. He played 17 Tests and 34 ODIs before going out of contention for over four years starting February 2004. He decided to join the ICL in 2008 and was subsequently handed a ten-year ban by the BCB. But he quit the league the following year and has since joined the ACC as a coach in China.

Other birthdays
1874 Joseph Willoughby (South Africa)
1876 Ted Arnold (England)
1889 Dusty Tapscott (South Africa)
1925 Mary Duggan (England)
1961 Ron Hart (New Zealand)
1962 Wayne Phillips (Australia)
1962 Debbie Hockley (New Zealand)
1972 Tanvir Mehdi (Pakistan)
1977 Rafiqul Islam (Bangladesh)

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