The majority of cricket fans might not realise it but June 21 will go down in history as the day when two world titles were won at Lord’s.
Back in 1975, West Indies won the first-ever World Cup while more than 30 years later, Pakistan clinched their maiden World Twenty20 title.
Here, we look back to at those two thrilling finals.
1975 WORLD CUP FINAL
WEST INDIES BEAT AUSTRALIA BY 17 RUNS
More than 26,000 fans flocked to the Home of Cricket to witness the first World Cup final and they were not disappointed.
West Indies, boasting the likes of Sir Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd went into the game having won every match so far and they showed their class by taking early control.
Skipper Lloyd scored 102 from 85 balls. That set the Australians a target of 292 in 60 overs but a lack of concentration from their top batsmen including captain Ian Chappell (62) resulted in three run-outs thanks to Richard’s brilliant precision and instincts.
Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson added more runs but the Aussies fell to a 17-run defeat in a game that lasted more than 10 hours.
2009 WORLD TWENTY20 FINAL
PAKISTAN BEAT SRI LANKA BY EIGHT WICKETS
Two years after a heartbreaking loss to India, Pakistan ensured there was no repeat as Shahid Afridi led by example.
Chasing Sri Lanka’s 138 thanks to Kumar Sangakkara’s 64, the men in green were in trouble when their openers departed with 63 on the board.
But Afridi replicated his man of the match performance from the semi-finals to smash 54 from 40 deliveries and his runs as well as Shoaib Malik’s 24no saw Pakistan home with eight balls to spare.
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12:00 – England crush Australia
England defeated Australia by 242 runs in Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
Centuries by Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow helped England score a world record 481-6.
Thereafter, spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali picked up seven wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 239 on Tuesday.
Read the full report here.
8:45 pm – England reach highest-ever ODI score
England scored the highest ever total in an ODI as they amassed 481-6 against England in the third ODI in Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow smashed centuries as England broke their own record of 444-3 set at the same venue two years ago.
Get all the updates here.
7:00 pm – Gives players another chance
Former India selector Sandeep Patil said those who fail the Yo-Yo test should be given another chance to prove their fitness.
“Like in Test cricket, where a player is given two innings to prove himself, even in the case of Yo-Yo tests, he should be given two chances,” Pail said.
Read the full story here.
4:45pm – Australia bowl first in third ODI against England
At Trent Bridge, Australia skipper Tim Paine has won the toss and elected to bowl first against England in the third ODI. The hosts lead the five-match series 2-0 after victories at the Oval and Cardiff. There were boosts for both sides ahead of the clash with Eoin Morgan and Billy Stanlake returning after missing out the last match due to injuries. You can follow the latest ball-by-ball details of this potential thriller here.
4:00pm – Dale Steyn ecstatic after meeting Wasim Akram and Jeff Thomson
South Africa pace stalwart Dale Steyn is currently turning it up for Hampshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup but he could not hide his delight after running into pace legends Wasim Akram and Jeff Thompson during an event at Lord’s. Read more on what the Proteas ace had to say about the Pakistan and Australia fast-bowling greats in our full story here.
2:15pm – Arjun Tendulkar will not receive any special treatment
Sanath Kumar, the bowling coach for India’s tour of Sri Lanka insists the son of Sachin Tendulkar will be treated the same as any other squad member. Read more here.
12:30pm – Josh Hazlewood says ‘win at all costs’ culture was to blame for ball-tampering scandal
The Australian pacer has opened up on the ball-tampering scandal during the South Africa-Australia Test that rocked the sport. He cited the ‘win at all costs’ issue as the main reason. Read more on what he said here.
11:00am – KL Rahul opens up about Hardik Pandya being ‘scary’ to hang out with
The Indian opener shared a story on how scary it is to hang out with his team-mate. Read exactly why he thinks that here.
10:45am – Injured Chris Woakes targets India series
England was dealt a blow when Chris Woakes was ruled out for the next three weeks due to a ‘chronic knee injury’.
The 29-year-old hopes to be back playing against India when the ODI series begins on July 12.
Read more on the story here.
DBMSC sent out another reminder of why they are one of the top indoor teams in the UAE by winning all three Ramadan titles they played in.
DBMSC entered the ICC Academy, InSportz and United Pro Sports’ (UPS) competitions as the team to beat and they lived up to their expectations to cap a dominant season.
In UPS, DBMSC ‘A’ won the ‘A’ Division title after defeating PGN Jewellers with Aqib Malik and Ramveer Rai clinching the Man of the Finals and Best Bowler awards, respectively. The win meant they continued their remarkable record of not losing a single game in the competition.
At InSportz, they defeated Knight Shot Hawks 2-0 in the best-of-three games. Prashant Kumara and captain Saqib Nazir claimed the Man of the Finals and Best Bowler award, respectively.
With two in the bag, they completed the treble when they beat Knight Riders to win ICC Academy’s Gold Division event, while their ‘B’ side were crowned Silver category winners.
Sumeet Shewakramani, managing director of DBMSC, had nothing but praise for each and every individual.
“Winning a tournament is great but for the A team to win all the indoor leagues in UAE this Ramadan is a great achievement and shows the kind of effort put by each player.
“I also want to congratulate the B team for showing great progress and commitment.”