On this day – December 15 : Turning the pages of Cricket History

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1894: S Gregory double century helped Oz to post a formidable total of 586 runs.  The match turned out to be historic in the sense it is the highest total in losing cause. England won the match by 10 runs, the match was watched by more than 95000 people.

1903: VT Trumper faultless 185 not out was not enough as Australia lost the match by five wickets. The match was witnessed by close to 95,000 people and till sixth day no one could predict the winner.

2000: Aussies had no answer to Lara’s spectacular inning of 182. He cut, pull, hook, drive and displayed all round stroke play. His inning included 29 fours and a six .X

2008: India chased down the highest fourth inning target in Indian subcontinent. Sehwag’s 83 from 68 balls set the tone of the chase. Sachin, playing on his favourite hunting ground, put on unbroken 163 runs for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj. India chased down England target of 387 with five wickets in hand.

2003: Agarkar bowled a fine spell of 6/41 to restrict Australia to 196. He swung the ball both ways and Aussies crumbled, India went on to win the historic test.

2009: India held their nerves in nail-biting finish against Sri Lanka and won the match by 3 runs. Sehwag blistering 146 took India to 414 on board, chasing the stiff target was almost there before losing the plot in last two overs.Y

1982: Mohsin Khan scored 101 out of team total of 135 that is 74.81%. It was the then world record of highest percentage of total by an individual player. The record was broken by Philip Hughes who scored 81.13% of team total in Aussies vs Kiwis match.

1974: The underprepared Kotla pitch and Gibbs classical spell of 6 for 76 handed India an innings defeat. Apart from Engineer and Sharma no one displayed an intent to stay on crease.

1966: Birth of Carl Hooper, former West Indian player. He and Kallis are the only player to take 100 wickets, 100 catches and to score more than 1000 runs in both the formats (Test and ODI).Z

1992: Benson & Hedges World Series – In the close Day/Night encounter at MCG West Indies lost by 4 runs. West Indies in response to Australia 198 were cruising at 173/3 but magical spell from Mark Waugh bowled the last seven wickets for 21 runs. He finished with the match figure of 5/24.

1996: Saqlain’s five wicket haul helped Pakistan to defend the small total against Australia in Carlton and United Series.

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