The narrowest run-victory ever

August 12, 2015

Adelaide 1992-93 took its place as one of the greatest of all Test matches when Craig McDermott failed to get out of the way of a lifter from Courtney Walsh and gloved a catch to give West Indies victory by one run, the narrowest victory by runs anyone has achieved in more than 100 years of Test cricket.

But it had been a game of fluctuating fortunes throughout. When Australia, needing 186 to win, lost their eighth second-innings wicket for 102, it appeared to have made its decisive shift.

But then the 22-year-old debutant Justin Langer, who came in only when Martyn was injured at pre-match practice, added 42 with the No. 10 Tim May, who was playing his first Test in four years. After that May and the last ma McDermott put on another 40 to get Australia within two of their target.

The unfolding drama lifted the TV cricket ratings in Australia to a new record. And, with the Adelaide Oval within walking distance of the city centre, new spectators rushed to the ground.

Finally, a short ball from Walsh, pitched on off stump, lifted to brush McDermott’s hand on its way through to Murray. Umpire Hair upheld the appeal. The West Indians on the field celebrated emotionally.

The crowd who had been singing Waltzing Matilda as Australia inched towards their goal were stunned into silence.



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