- On this day Brian Lara helped his team win the third Test against Australia
- On the last day, he stood on the pitch scoring 153* runs while chasing 308
Many periods of sleep ago, on this day, West Indies Brian Lara stood resiliently on the ground, facing the might Aussies to take his side over the line on the fifth and last day of the third Test in Bridgetown. On 10th March 1999, West Indies snatches victory from the visitor’s thanks to Lara’s heroics. The 1999 Australia tour of the West Indies comprised four Tests and seven ODIs.
Batting first Australia piled up a gigantic score of 49 0 runs despite a shaky thanks to captain Steve Waugh’s 199 and Ricky Pontin’s 104. They played with a run rate (RR) of 3.18 and stood on the ground for 154 overs. Nehemiah Perry took three wickets. West Indies’ first inning wasn’t as impressive but they managed to rack up 329 runs courtesy of Sherwin Campbell who opened the inning for his side. His fellow partner departed on zero. Glenn McGrath took four wickets for Australia.
Contrary to their first inning, Kangaroo’s second inning was a shirt lived one comprising of just 146 runs courtesy of a fifer from Courtney Walsh. The hosts now needed 308 runs to win and it did not look like they would make it given a slow start from their openers. While wickets kept falling left right and centre, one man stood there till the end. Brain Lara was here to win it and win he did. His 153 off 256 balls and his perseverance on the last day of the Test match gave victory to the Caribbean team who won by one wicket.
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