On this day: 2nd October

One of the greatest Tests of modern times came to a dramatic conclusion in Karachi. Pakistan needed 314 to beat Australia in the first Test; but when they fell to 258 for 9, their first ever defeat at the National Stadium - and Australia’s first win in Pakistan for 35 years - looked a certainty. But Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed flayed an injury-ravaged attack for 53 runs in eight overs to leave only three needed for victory. Inzamam gave Shane Warne the charge and missed, only for Ian Healy to let a difficult stumping chance go for four byes. It was then the highest last-wicket partnership to win a Test.

Australia’s wait for a victory in Pakistan went on for another four years. On this day in Rawalpindi, Steve Waugh set them up for that long-awaited win with one of his greatest innings. Australia was rocking on 28 for 3 in the first Test in reply to Pakistan’s 269 when Waugh hit a brilliant 157. He added 198 for the fourth wicket with Michael Slater and so demoralised Pakistan that Australia went on to win the match by an innings and the series 1-0.

In the deciding third one-day international against India, Pakistan was set 217 to win in 49 overs but they used up barely half the quota, thrashing 219 for 1 in 26.2 overs. The usual suspects did the damage: Ijaz Ahmed hit 139 not out off 84 balls, with ten fours and nine sixes, while Shahid Afridi smote 47 off just 23 balls.
(source: Cricinfo)