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Kapil and Co pull it off at Lord's
India put the seal on their first Test win in 11 attempts at Lord's, after a nervous run-chase on the final day. They needed 134 to win but were stuttering at 78 for 4 and then 110 for 5. Enter their captain, Kapil Dev, who left nobody in any doubt as he smacked 23 off only ten balls, finishing things off in a grand manner with a six off Phil Edmonds. Kapil took the match award, but the real architect was Dilip Vengsarkar, whose unbeaten 126 in the first innings made him the first person to score hundreds in three successive Lord's Tests. For England's own middle-order charmer, David Gower, it was the end of the line as captain. Less than a year after he had been the darling of the nation after England regained the Ashes, he was replaced by Mike Gatting. Gower was restored as captain in 1989, but that lasted only one series, when Australia toured.
Tino Best made what was at that point the highest score by a No. 11 in Tests - an entertaining 95, full of drives and edges, at Edgbaston that helped West Indies to their first 400-plus total of the tour. While Best missed a well-deserved hundred, his partner Denesh Ramdin got one - his first in three years - and celebrated it by taking out a note from his pocket that read, "Yeah Viv talk nah" - a response to Viv Richards' criticism of his batting. That was all by way of entertainment in the match, where three days of play were washed out. England won the series 2-0, and Ramdin, who later apologised for his gesture, was fined.
It's common knowledge that Doug Walters struggled badly in Tests in England, where he averaged 25 - just over half his career average. But on this day he continued a superb display in his first overseas Ashes Test, with 86 in the second innings at Old Trafford. Walters had made 81 in the first innings, and his performance was central to Australia's 159-run victory, in what was a low-scoring match.
When Albie Morkel, born today, first emerged on the scene as a right-arm fast-medium bowler and left-hand batsman, he was talked up as the next Lance Klusener. However, his early career suggested he was best suited to Twenty20. In his first 51 one-dayers, he made only two half-centuries, both against Zimbabwe. He played the World Twenty20s in 2009 and 2010, but even there his performances weren't spectacular. His IPL form was better - in 54 games in the first four seasons, Morkel scored 674 runs (at a strike rate of 144) and took 56 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings. Morkel got his first Test when he replaced his brother Morne against Australia in 2009.
A precocious talent who scored 73 on first-class debut at the age of 16, Khurram Manzoor is one of many Test openers tried, dropped and called up again by Pakistan's selectors. In 2009, Manzoor had been not out on 59 overnight in his second Test when it had to be scrapped after the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore. On Pakistan's disastrous 2009-10 tour of Australia, Manzoor batted for six hours for in trying to unsuccessfully save the Hobart Test. But his best innings came against South Africa in October 2013, when he scored 146 and shared an opening century stand - Pakistan's best since 2012 - with Shan Masood in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan won the Test by seven wickets.
Birth of David Miller, who was picked in the South African limited-overs side in 2010 for his power-hitting. Batting in the middle order, with the view of fulfilling the role of a finisher, Miller scored six half-centuries in his first 40 ODIs - played over three and a half years. But it was in the 2014 IPL that he flourished, playing blazing knocks in early and late stages of the Kings XI Punjab innings, scoring 446 at a strike of 150.
1911 Chilla Christ (Australia)
1939 Rudi Webster (Scotland)
1962 Floris Jansen (Netherlands)
1969 Pieter Strydom (South Africa)
1969 Nick Dyer (Scotland)
1972 Eric Upashantha (Sri Lanka)
1978 Ian Blackwell (England)
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