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The most lethal old-ball partnership of them all
The cricket world received its first introduction to the deadliest old-ball partnership of them all. Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram shared ten wickets in a Test for the first time, taking 15 in all as Pakistan thrashed New Zealand by an innings and 43 runs in Karachi - and 11 of the 15 were out lbw or bowled. It started a run in which Wasim and Waqar took ten or more wickets between them in 18 of the 24 Tests that they played in together between 1990 and 1994.
Birth of Steve Camacho, a decent Test opener and a pioneer in West Indies cricket administration. He was the WICB's first full-time employee and was at various stages secretary, chief executive and a Test selector. He played 11 Tests himself, his sober style perfectly complementing the expansive batsmanship of his opening partners Roy Fredericks and Seymour Nurse. He topped the averages in England in 1969 but never made a Test hundred.
A thriller in Bombay, where India grabbed only their second Test victory over Australia by two wickets. It was a result that looked unlikely when they were 122 for 6 in their second innings, with 132 still needed, but India had a few aces up their sleeve at Nos 7, 8 and 9 - the Nawab of Pataudi Jr, Vijay Manjrekar and Chandu Borde, who had 18 Test hundreds between them, saw them to victory. It might have been different had Australia's Norm O'Neill not gone down with a stomach complaint on the first morning. He did not bat in either innings.
The Trinidad fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, born today, had a frustrating beginning for West Indies - when in his first four ODIs in 2003, he took no wickets and batted just once (for one run). His first victim, in January 2004, was a big one, Jacques Kallis. Then a shin injury sidelined Rampaul and he only returned to international cricket in 2007. He made his Test debut two years later, in Australia. By then he had become a regular in the limited-overs squad and had also completed a Level I coaching course. He took his first five-for in ODIs in the 2011 World Cup game against India in Chennai, and seven wickets in West Indies' win over Pakistan in the Providence Test a couple of months later.
A tie in the day-nighter between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah, but only after a remarkable collapse from the Lankans. When Romesh Kaluwitharana and Russel Arnold took them to 157 for 1, they needed only 40 off 15 overs, but that was when Abdul Razzaq started swinging the ball. He had Kaluwitharana caught behind and then returned at the death to take 4 for 0 in 8 balls - the last three were all bowled. Sri Lanka lost their last eight wickets for 23 runs in nine sorry overs.
Though not as naturally talented as his younger brother Robin, Chris Smith, born today, made himself into a very fine county batsman for Hampshire. But he only played eight Tests. He went first ball to Richard Hadlee on debut at Lord's in 1983 but had a decent winter in 1983-84, hitting 91 in Auckland and 66 in Faisalabad. For some reason he wasn't picked against West Indies in 1984 and played only one more Test. He went on to become chief executive of the WACA.
A historic day for New Zealand in Nairobi. They beat India by four wickets in the final of the ICC KnockOut Trophy, their first ever victory in a one-day international competition. The hero was Chris Cairns, who defied a dodgy knee to hit a brilliant unbeaten 102 as the Kiwis reached their target of 265 with two balls to spare.
One-day debuts for Alec Stewart and Angus Fraser in the opening match of the Nehru Cup in Delhi, but it was Graham Gooch who stole the show - with the ball. In the first match of his second stint as England captain, Gooch took 2 for 26 from 10 overs to restrict Sri Lanka to 193, and Robin Smith cracked an unbeaten 81 to see England home by five wickets. Wayne Larkins also set a one-day record by reappearing nine years, 267 days and 110 matches after his last appearance, against West Indies in Sydney in 1979-80.
1866 Jack Barrett (Australia)
1885 Sid Emery (Australia)
1910 Xen Balaskas (South Africa)
1921 Gul Mohammad (India/Pakistan)
1961 Sudath Pasqual (Sri Lanka)
1973 Sean Davies (Zimbabwe)
1975 Faisal Athar (Pakistan)
1981 Mohammad Salim (Bangladesh)
1985 Yasir Ali (Pakistan)
1988 Mohammad Talha (Pakistan)
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