New Zealand’s only victory in Australia against Indo-Pakistan classic
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Today, a thrilling 1-1 between India and Pakistan in 1999 kicks off New Zealand’s triumphant tour of Australia in 1985.
India vs. Pakistan, 1999
1-1 on two tests
An exciting contest was expected between the two great rivals when they clashed in 1999, and the series did deliver its fair share of drama.
Sachin Tendulkar’s memorable 136 shot was unsuccessful as India missed just 12 points in the opener in Chennai while chasing a target of 271. The close encounter was a treat for fans who witnessed this as she pitted the mastery of Sachin against the skills and magic of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq. The Pakistanis made an incredible comeback to win the Test, with India slumping 254/6 to 258 after Tendulkar was sacked.
The second Test in Delhi will prove to be another unforgettable encounter, with Anil Kumble engraving his name in the history books. With Pakistan chasing a total of 420, Kumble would scalp all 10 Pakistani wickets as he took them out for 207. He would become only the second pitcher in history after Jim Laker to accomplish this feat.
Pakistan won a third test between the two teams a fortnight later, but this match was part of the Asian Championship.
Australia vs New Zealand, 1985
1-2 in New Zealand through three tests
A series victory that will probably never be forgotten by New Zealand. A tour in which they managed to seal a series victory over their away rivals Trans-Tasman – their only test success in Australia to date.
The visitors got off to a flying start in Brisbane, recording a comfortable victory by one set and 41 points. Martin Crowe played a mammoth 188 shot and Richard Hadlee scalped 15 wickets in the game to set up the win.
Australia would rebound at Sydney Cricket Ground with David Boon’s 81 helping them chase a total of 260.
Hadlee was then back at his deadly best in Perth, with his 11-wicket transport helping the Kiwis triumph in a six-wicket victory. Despite their best efforts, no Kiwi team has yet matched the feat of the team that visited the Australian coast in 1985.