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This Day In Sports History

1989: Only the second tie in one-day history, at Trent Bridge, and England’s first. Ian Healy at the non-striker’s end scampered a bye when Carl Rackemann missed the last ball of the match, from Phil DeFreitas. It was fitting that Healy should square things up: he earlier outran his runner Dean Jones, who was promptly invited to leave the field by England’s captain David Gower.

1999: The ultimate World Cup mismatch at Leicester. Scotland against West Indies was never likely to detain anyone for too long, and so it proved. Curtly Ambrose (10-4-8-2) and Courtney Walsh (7-1-7-3) helped themselves, and Scotland were routed for 68. The only Scotsmen who reached double figures were Gavin Hamilton (who later played for England) and Asim Butt (who was born in Lahore). West Indies polished off the target in 10.1 overs; at the time it was the shortest game in one-day international history.

2015: James Harden sets a record for most turnovers in a playoff game with 12, in a loss to the Warriors.

2009: UEFA Champions League Final, Rome: Barcelona beats Manchester United, 2-0; first Spanish treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League

2018: Chucked out of the IPL for two years because of the wrongdoings of the franchise owner’s son-in-law, Chennai Super Kings returned to win their third title, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final in Mumbai. A target of 179 was challenging, if only because of Sunrisers’ formidable bowling attack. Into the fourth over, Super Kings were 11 for 0, with Shane Watson on 0 off ten balls and the “Dad’s army” jokes were flying (ten players in the squad were over 30). But off the 47 other balls he faced, Watson made an unbeaten 117 and took Super Kings to an easy eight-wicket win with more than an over to spare.

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