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November 10 – The firsts in International cricket on this day

10th November 2000 was a historic day in cricket for Bangladesh as they made their Test debut.

South Africa's Clive Rice
South Africa’s Clive Rice leads his team back into International Cricket in Calcutta. (Photo by Phil O’Brien/EMPICS via Getty Images)

November 10th has a great significance in International cricket history as it saw Bangladesh’s entry to Test format and South Africa’s return to cricket and their maiden ODI game.

1991 – South Africa’s readmission to International cricket:

South Africa’s return to International cricket was marked in 1991 after they were banned by the ICC in 1970 after the anti-apartheid movement reflected into cricket and touring teams as well. On their return in 1991, South Africa toured India for a 3-match ODI series which also saw the African team’s maiden appearance in the limited-overs format. On November 10th, South Africa played their first ever ODI at the Eden Garden in Kolkata in front of a reportedly 90,000 strong crowd.

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India, who elected to field first, restricted the visiting side to 177/8 in the limited 47 overs. Allan Donald reduced India to 20/3 in the chase but Sachin Tendulkar (62) along with debutant Pravin Amre (55) scored the fifties to take them close to the target. Donald, with a 5-wicket haul, tried to take the game away from India but the lower order ensured India reached the target with three wickets in hand. The man of the match award was shared between Donald and Tendulkar who played equally important roles for their teams.

Donald is one of the two players to take 5-wicket haul in losing cause on ODI debut. His figures of 5/28 are the 2nd best behind Taskin Ahmed’s 5/28 also against India in 2014. Jimmy Cook faced the first ever ball in ODI cricket for South Africa while his son Stephen Cook faced the first ever ball bowled in D/N Test cricket (pink ball) 25 years later.

1998 – Four centuries in an ODI match:

The Lahore ODI between Pakistan and Australia in 1998 witnessed history when a total of four individual hundreds were scored by players from either side in the game which was a record at that time. Pakistan’s Ijaz Ahmed and Mohammad Yousuf scored 111 and 100 respectively to help the home team to post 315/8 in their 50 overs. Australia chased down the target in 48.5 overs losing four wickets with the help of centuries from Adam Gilchrist (103) and Ricky Ponting (124*). The win helped Australia register a 3-0 whitewash against the home side.

Till date, only one other such instance has been recorded in ODI cricket. The India-Australia ODI at Nagpur in 2013 recorded four centuries where India won while chasing 351 to square the series and stay alive. Shane Watson (102) and George Bailey (156) scored centuries for Australia while Shikhar Dhawan (100) and Virat Kohli (115*) were the Indian centurions.

2000 – Bangladesh’s first ever Test match:

Aminul Islam celebrates scoring century in Bangladesh's first-ever Test
Aminul Islam celebrates scoring century in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test. (Photo Source: Times of India)

10th November 2000 was a historic day in cricket for Bangladesh as they made their Test debut. After getting full member status in June 2000, Bangladesh hosted Team India for a one-off Test match at home, their first ever in Test cricket at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka. The game was also marked to be Sourav Ganguly’s first ever match as Indian Test captain.

Bangladesh had a great chance to get on top of India after they posted 400 in their first innings with help of Aminul Islam’s 145 and reduced India to 235/6 with the likes of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar out cheaply. However, Sourav Ganguly (84) and Sunil Joshi (92) put on 121 for the 7th wicket to help India take a slender 29-run lead. The home side failed to show the same fight with the bat in the 2nd innings as they were bowled out for just 91 leaving India with a target of 63 runs to chase. India took a mere 15 overs to cross the line for the loss of one wicket.

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