This Day in Sports History

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1981: In a  Dennis Lillee-inspired rout at the WACA in Perth,  Pakistan were dismissed for just 62, their lowest Test score until they twice plumbed new depths in the same match against Australia in Sharjah in 2002-03. Their innings lasted only 21.2 overs, and it could have been a lot worse – they were 26 for 8 before Sarfraz Nawaz, the only man to reach double figures, flashed a chancy 26. Lillee took 5 for 18 and Terry Alderman 4 for 36, and Australia eventually won by 286 runs on the final day. But there was controversy on the fourth afternoon, when a vexed Lillee deliberately impeded Javed Miandad and aimed a kick at him, sparking an infamous spat. Miandad threatened to crown Lillee with his bat, before umpire Tony Crafter ended their contretemps. Lillee was suspended from two one-day internationals as a result.

1936: Donald Bradman scores 192 for South Australia v Victoria before a MCG crowd of 21,000.

1966: Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title.

1981: In the first world championship fight between two Puerto Ricans in boxing history, WBC Super Welterweight champion, Wilfred Benitez, beats Carlos Santos in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

1990: James Worthy is arrested in Houston and charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution.

1991: A historic day in New Delhi, where South Africa grabbed their first victory since their return to the international stage. They overhauled India’s 287 for 4 to win the third one-dayer in fine style, by eight wickets with 20 balls to spare. The old heads Kepler Wessels (90) and Peter Kirsten (86 not out) did most of the work, and Adrian Kuiper applied the gloss with a punishing unbeaten 63 off 41 balls. It was their captain Clive Rice’s first taste of victory for his country – and his last, because he was then controversially dropped ahead of the 1992 World Cup.

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