The birth of Day Night Matches

November 27, 1978. The first Day Night One-Day International (ODI) was played at Sydney Cricket Ground.  The contestants were West Indies and Australia. Almost exactly a year earlier, the ground had hosted the first Day Night match, during Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. The teams had been the same, with WSC tags preceding their names. Arunabha Sengupta looks at the landmark matches, also tracing the history of the first ever cricket match played under lights  — between Middlesex and Arsenal.

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Anil Kumble's Test hundred

Anil Kumble’s superlative career scaled that one peak that had eluded him for 17 years. Arunabha Sengupta remembers the day when India's greatest match-winning bowler enjoyed perhaps his happiest moment at the batting crease ever – scoring his only century in Tests.

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The first streaker at Lord's

August 4, 1975. The he fourth day’s play at Lord’s between England and Australia was held up for a while by a pioneering intruder, the feats of whom have been repeated often in future. Arunabha Sengupta revisits the antics of the first streaker in the history of Lord’s.

 

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