June 10 down the years

India conquer HQ

Kapil and Co pull it off at Lord's

Dilip Vengsarkar: the first to score hundreds in three successive Lord's Tests © PA Photos

1986
India put the seal on their first Test win in 11 attempts at Lord's, after a nervous 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.

2012
Tino Best made what was at that point the highest score by a No. 11 in Tests - an entertaining 95 at Edgbaston, full of drives and edges, 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.

1968
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 a low-scoring match.

2018
Scotland beat the world's No. 1-ranked team, England, by six runs in a big-scoring thriller in Edinburgh. Scotland's 371, which featured a barnstorming 140 not out from Calum MacLeod, set a record for the highest ODI total by an Associate. England rocketed along at close to ten runs an over off their first 17 overs, and stayed ahead of the curve for nearly all of the innings, but come the pointy end, Liam Plunkett, who ended up with 47 off 45, ran out of partners.

1981
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 T20. In his first 51 one-dayers, he made only two half-centuries, both against Zimbabwe. He played the World T20s in 2009 and 2010, without spectacular results, but his IPL form was better - in 54 games in the first four seasons, he scored 674 runs (at a strike rate of 144) and took 56 wickets for Chennai Super Kings. In his first Test, Morkel replaced his brother Morne against Australia in 2009, but he could never really break through in the longer formats, and was something of a regular for South Africa only in T20 cricket.

2018
Bangladesh won the Women's T20 Asia Cup, beating beat six-times champions India in a thrilling three-wicket win in the final, in Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh had beaten India and Pakistan decisively earlier in the tournament, and in the final, spinners Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed kept India's strong batting line-up down to 112 for 9. Ahmed gave her team-mates some nervous moments when she was run out on the penultimate ball of the match, trying to take a second run to tie the scores, but Jahanara Alam hit the two needed to win off the last ball and Bangladesh celebrated a famous first T20I series win.

1986
A precocious talent who scored 73 on first-class debut at the age of 16, Khurram Manzoor was 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, trying unsuccessfully to 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 with Shan Masood in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan won the Test by seven wickets.

1989
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 - over three and a half years. But it was in the 2014 IPL that he flourished, scoring 446 at a strike of 150 for Kings XI Punjab. Having entrenched himself in the South Africa limited-overs middle order, he began the 2015 World Cup with an unbeaten 138 off 92 as South Africa saw off Zimbabwe, but his most vital contribution of the tournament came in the semi-final (which ultimately ended in more heartbreak for his team) when he blitzed 49 off 18 to help lift South Africa to 281 after rain interrupted and shortened the innings to 43 overs. In 2017, he set the record for the fastest T20I century - off 35 balls - during a match against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.

Other birthdays
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)
1983 Sunnette Viljoen (South Africa)

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