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Blast from the past: AB puts India to the sword in Ahmadabad


Blast from the past: AB puts India to the sword in Ahmadabad

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 4

1899 — SA’s cricketers complete their final Test of the 19th century, losing to England by 210 runs in Cape Town. Remarkably, SA had a first-inning advantage after bowling out the visitors for 92 and responding with 177, Jimmy Sinclair scoring 106. But England hit back with 330 in the second innings and then bowled out SA for 35 in the 23rd over. Opener Albert Powell was the only SA batsman to reach double figures, making 11. England used only two bowlers, with Schofield Haigh taking 6/11 and Albert Trott 4/19. By this stage, SA had played a total of eight Tests — all of them against England and all at home — and they had lost every one. Their performances would improve in the next century.

1981 — Henry Khumalo comes on as a substitute and scores three second-half goals to lead Orlando Pirates to an unlikely Champion of Champions final victory over Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium. Chiefs had won the first leg of the final in East London 1-0, and a minute after halftime Peter Mokotedi scored to put them 2-0 up on aggregate. Then came Khumalo’s miraculous feat, with his third goal coming in the 90th minute through a penalty after a handball offence...

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