September 19 down the years

Six sixes, and the fastest fifty

Yuvraj takes a shine to Stuart Broad

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Yuvraj Singh became the second batter, after Herschelle Gibbs, to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket. The occasion was the World T20 encounter against England, the venue Kingsmead, Durban, and the bowler under the withering onslaught was Stuart Broad. Yuvraj, spurred by comments from Andrew Flintoff before the penultimate over, launched the first ball over cow corner; the second - measured at 111 yards - disappeared over backward square leg; the third and fourth rocketed over extra cover and point; the fifth flew over midwicket; and the sixth six landed in the stands at long-on. Yuvraj's 12-ball half-century is a record in all forms of international cricket.

One of the great physical feats in Test cricket came to an end. The heat and humidity of Madras got to Dean Jones, but only in a physical sense. During his epic innings of 210, he was overcome by nausea on the pitch. After it, he was put on an intravenous drip. Batting for eight and a half hours he scored Australia's first Test double-century in India. Jones made a more modest 24 in the second innings, but every one of those runs was important: this was only the second tied Test in history.

Sussex ended a 103-year wait for their first Championship title when Murray Goodwin took them to a win against Leicestershire in Hove. He went on to complete a career-best 335. Mushtaq Ahmed had been the catalyst for the success, taking 103 wickets in his first season with the county. Chris Adams, who had gradually built a strong team after moving from Derbyshire, made 102 and Tim Ambrose hit 82 as Sussex piled up 614 for 4, leaving no one in any doubt which was the best team.

A controversial bowler and successful coach was born. Although Wayne Clark was suspected of throwing during his career, Australia were so short of pace bowling during the early Packer years that he played in ten Tests. He was successful too, taking 44 wickets at 28.72. Although he never took five wickets in an innings, he picked up four wickets seven times, including five in the 1977-78 series against India and in both innings in Georgetown later that season. He coached Yorkshire to the County Championship title in 2001, their first since 1968, and looked after Western Australia until 2006-07.

Bangladesh's first Test captain was born. In their debut Test in 2000-01 in Dhaka, Naimur Rahman also became the first Bangladeshi to take five wickets in an innings. His six wickets in India's total of 429 cost him 132 runs, and a second-innings total of 91 all out cost Bangladesh the match. Naimur had been playing one-day internationals since 1994-95, but without conspicuous success: his ODI bowling average was 98.62.

Birth of Zimbabwe left-arm spinner Graeme Cremer. He was selected for the Test side at 18, following the exits of Paul Strang and Andy Whittall. Cremer took six wickets in his first two Tests, in Bangladesh in 2005, and 6 for 46 against Kenya on ODI debut in 2009. He was given the captaincy for a limited-overs series against India in June 2016, and also led the Test side against New Zealand shortly after. He made his maiden Test hundred that year, in Harare against Sri Lanka, and a year later, in Colombo, he took nine wickets in a narrow loss.

The day Durham won their third County Championship in six years after beating Nottinghamshire by eight wickets at Chester-le-Street. It was their tenth win of the season and their captain Paul Collingwood dedicated the title triumph to Geoff Cook, their head coach, who suffered a heart attack mid-way through the season.

In a drawn Test in Harare, Stephen Fleming took his fifth catch of Zimbabwe's first innings, equalling a Test record first set by Australia's Vic Richardson in Durban in 1935-36. Fleming held another two catches in the second innings; his seven in the match equalled another Test record, first set by Richardson's grandson Greg Chappell in 1974-75 against England in Perth.

Birth of Indian opener Aakash Chopra, who played ten Tests between 2003 and 2004. Unlike his very attacking partner Virender Sehwag, also a Delhi team-mate, Chopra was stoic and watchful. His two half-centuries came in the same Test, against New Zealand, in Mohali. The performance earned him a place on the tours to Australia and Pakistan, but he was dropped after low scores in the home series against Australia in 2004-05. Chopra went on to be a commentator and writer.

A typically uninhibited 109 in only 94 balls by opener Shahid Afridi set Pakistan on the way to a total of 316 for 6 in 50 overs, more than enough to beat India and take a 3-1 lead in the Sahara Friendship Cup series in Toronto.

If it's September 19 in Toronto, it must be an ODI win for Pakistan. This time they beat West Indies by seven wickets to win a DMC Trophy ODI and take the three-match series 3-0. Three times in the day a seven-ball over was bowled by mistake. Slap on the wrist for umpires Steve Dunne of New Zealand and South Africa's Dave Orchard.

Other birthdays
1927 Dick Westcott (South Africa)
1975 Bradmon Ediriweera (Sri Lanka)