21 years ago, A Brian Lara's masterclass led West indies to a breathtaking one-wicket win, that is often deemed as a revolutionary match in history. Read More [Exclusive] Mahi Bhai's words are etched in my memory: Jharkhand's Shubham Singh
The team was slammed by 5-0 by South Africa in the away series, Australia arrived and thrashed them in the inaugural game by a massive margin of 312 runs.West Indies however redeemed themselves in subsequent game beating Australia by 10 wickets to level the series, owing to Brian Lara's fantabulous 213 in the first innings.
Australia batting first posted almost 500 runs owing to Waugh's incredible 199 and Ponting's 104. Australia were earlier reduced to 144 for 4 but the right handed duo added 279 to that total taking team to a handsome total of 490.
The Hosts despite having a bad start managed to put 300 plus to the total owing to Opener's hundred. Campbell made 105 off 271 while ridley jacobs made an amazing 68 to take the team to a first-innings total of 329. Trailing by 169 runs, West Indies managed to wrap up the second innings to a poor total of 146 thanks to Courtney Walsh's 5-wicket hall. Chasing a massive total of 308, the openers lead a good start of 72 but the pacers broke the duo to reduce the hosts to 78 for 3 as Lara walked in but soon it turned to 105 for 5 taking it away from them.
Jimmy Adams joined the skipper in the middle and witnessed a flawless masterclass that went unforgettable for ages. Jimmy Adams got bowled by Glenn Mcgrath after making 38 of 125 balls making a 133-run stand. Brian Lara completed his sensational century off 169 deliveries and added 59 for the ninth wicket as Gillispie removed ambrose with just 7 runs to go. As the match was hanging on the pendulum, Brian Lara played a fantabulous cover drive as ball raced to the boundary and Windies won by a wicket.
The 153 unbeaten underpressure against inarguably the best bowling attack, at that time, is regarded as one of the most groundbreaking knocks in test cricket history.Kusal Perera's 153 unbeaten and Ben Stokes' 135 unbeaten against South Africa and Australia respectively in 2019 were evidently reminiscent to Lara's 1999 masterclass.
"Cricket is my life and I want to see West Indies back to the top. I don't wanna spend rest of my career like this." Brian Lara quoted in March 1999.