All Today's Yesterdays - October 28 down the years
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An astonishing West Indian collapse left Pakistan on the brink of victory in the first Test at Faisalabad. West Indies were chasing 240 to win a game they had largely dominated, but they closed in disarray on 43 for 9. The last rites were administered the next morning when they were bowled out for 53, their lowest total until Australia skittled them for 51 in Trinidad in 1998-99, and still the lowest in a Test in Pakistan. It was one of only eight defeats (in 82 matches) suffered by West Indies in the 1980s, and in most spin had a big part to play. For Bob Holland, Narendra Hirwani and Allan Border, read Abdul Qadir here: he tore through the middle order to take 6 for 16.
Rob Bailey, who was born today, was rather unlucky to play only four Tests for England, all of them against West Indies in their prime. He is best remembered for an infamous incident in Barbados on the 1989-90 tour, when he was given out caught down the leg side. Wisden Cricket Monthly's editorial castigated "the antics of the West Indies captain (Viv Richards), all dignity cast to the wind as he displayed his 'ceremonial dance', orgasmic gesticulations every one of which was a denial of the belief that this is a game for mature, controlled men". Bailey did not play for England again after that tour.
Another one-day hundred from Sachin Tendulkar led India to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand at Baroda. Ken Rutherford's first one-day ton, in his 103rd match, had helped the Kiwis to an imposing 269 for 4, but Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar replied with a first-wicket partnership of 144, and India eased home with 11 balls to spare.
Sterling work from Ravi Ratnayeke could not save Sri Lanka from an eight-wicket defeat in the second Test against Pakistan at Sialkot. Ratnayeke took 8 for 83 in Pakistan's first innings, the best figures by a Sri Lankan bowler at the time and still third only to Murali's 9 for 51 at Kandy in 2002 and 9 for 65 at The Oval in 1998. But Imran Khan trumped him with match figures of 9 for 95, as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 157 and 200. Pakistan knocked off the 99 needed for victory with a day and a half to spare
Yet another ton for that under-rated one-day player Gary Kirsten as he helped South Africa to a five-wicket win over New Zealand at Kimberley. Kirsten's 101 led the South Africans to 289 for 5. In the age of pinch-hitting Kirsten was living proof that there was still a place for the orthodox opener in the shorter game.
Birth of the Dutchman who put the skids under England's Ashes dreams. Peter Cantrell was born in Gunnedah in Australia, and played for Holland in the 1996 World Cup, but is best remembered for his part in England's first-Test defeat at Brisbane in 1990-91. He was hurriedly called up as a substitute fielder (he'd been at a nightclub until 3am that morning) and took two catches - one a blinder to do Alec Stewart - as England collapsed fatally for 114 in their second innings. Cantrell's presence was slightly controversial, given that he was probably the best gully fielder in Australia at the time and that the less sure-fingered Carl Rackemann was the official 12th man.
1913 Cyril Christiani (West Indies)
1929 Tom Puna (New Zealand)
1938 Peter Carlstein (South Africa)
1952 Flavian Aponso (Netherlands)