We're into the quarter-finals of The Ultimate Test Series challenge. Today, New Zealand's triumphant 1985 tour of Australia takes on a thrilling 1-1 between India and Pakistan in 1999.
Ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final, we’re looking to crown The Ultimate Test Series – a Test series that would stand out in any era for both its significance to the sport’s rich history and the level of cricket played.
Over the past week we have invited you to vote on your favourite campaigns from a shortlist of 16 and now we are well and truly into the quarter-finals.
Today, a thrilling 1-1 between India and Pakistan in 1999 takes on New Zealand's triumphant 1985 tour of Australia.
India vs Pakistan, 1999
1-1 across two Tests
An enthralling contest was expected between the two arch-rivals during their clash in 1999, and the series well and truly delivered its fair share of drama.
Sachin Tendulkar’s memorable knock of 136 was in vain as India fell short by a mere 12 runs in the opening Test match in Chennai while chasing down a target of 271. The close encounter was a treat for the fans witnessing it as it pitted Sachin’s mastery against the skills and wizardry of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq. The Pakistanis pulled off an incredible comeback to win the Test, with India collapsing from 254/6 to 258 all out following the dismissal of Tendulkar.
The second Test in Delhi would turn out to be another unforgettable encounter, with Anil Kumble etching his name in the history books. With Pakistan chasing down a total of 420, Kumble would scalp all 10 Pakistan wickets as he bowled them out for 207. He would become only the second bowler in history after Jim Laker to accomplish this feat.
Pakistan went on to win a third Test between the two teams a fortnight later, but that match was a part of the Asian Championship.
Australia vs New Zealand, 1985
1-2 to New Zealand across three Tests
A series win unlikely to ever be forgotten by New Zealand. A tour in which they managed to seal a series victory against their Trans-Tasman rivals away from home - their Test only success in Australia to date.
The visitors started off with a bang in Brisbane, registering a comfortable victory by an innings and 41 runs. Martin Crowe played a mammoth knock of 188 and Richard Hadlee would scalp 15 wickets in the match to set up the win.
Australia would bounce back at the Sydney Cricket Ground with David Boon’s 81 helping them chase down a total of 260.
Hadlee was then back to his lethal best in Perth, with his 11-wicket haul helping the Kiwis triumph in a six-wicket victory. Despite their best efforts, no Kiwi side has yet matched the feat accomplished by the side which visited Australian shores in 1985.