Down the road, March 22nd.

27 Mar 2011 by Vinay Anand in News

A day after Pakistan won an eventful World Cup semi final against New Zealand, England played South Africa in the second semi final at Sydney. England batted first and posted 252 in 45 overs, as the Proteas were 5 overs short. This alongside the flawed D/L method, proved to be disastrous for South Africa. They needed 22 runs off 13 balls and were cruising along, before rain played spoilsport. But post rain, South Africa needed 22 runs off 1 ball! England had qualified for their third World Cup final and were to face Pakistan if they had to win for the first time.

In 2001, India locked horns with Australia yet again at home. But on this day, India won the deciding Test at Chennai by two wickets and thus, the series 2-1. Who would have ever thought of an Indian comeback after Australia won their 16th consecutive Test match at Mumbai by 10 wickets? However, the passionate and young Harbhajan Singh bamboozled the Australians with 32 wickets in 3 Tests, and there could have been no better end to the match with Harbhajan hitting the winning runs off Glenn McGrath as the world champion team led by Steve Waugh was stunned. March 22 could be credited for the beginning of an exciting India-Australia rivalry which has been maintained throughout a decade.

Also this day marked Sri Lanka’s entrance into world cricket as a superpower. They won a Test series for the first time overseas that is against New Zealand. In a span of one year, they won the World Cup.

In 2009, the England women’s team could achieve what the men could not. Winning a 50-over World Cup. They beat New Zealand by 4 wickets in the final at Sydney.

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