Former West Indies legend Brian Lara, one of the greatest batsmen in the world, has played the role of ‘troubleshooter’ for his team many times. When he settled at the crease, it was difficult for any bowler to take his wicket. Not only this, he had the ability to send the ball in every direction. For Lara and his fans, the day of March 30 will be very memorable because in the year 1999, he helped his team overcome difficult situations and won against Australia. Australia scored 490 runs batting first in this third Test match of the series, which started in Bridgetown on 26 March 1999. Captain Steve Vaughan contributed 199 and Ricky Ponting contributed 104 runs. Both shared a huge partnership of 281 runs for the fifth wicket. After this, the West Indies team scored 329 runs with the help of Sherwin Campbell’s (105) century and the half-century of Ridley Jacobs (68). In the second innings, the Australian team was reduced to 146 when their batsmen were harassed by paceman Courtney Walsh and took 5 wickets for 39 runs.
In the match, West Indies got a target of 308 runs to win. Campbell (33) and Adrian Griffith (35) started well and added 72 runs for the first wicket but then the wicket fell and half the team returned to the pavilion for 105 runs. Batting at number five, Brian Lara (153 *) handled it so much that he managed to get victory. Lara shared a 133-run partnership with Jimmy Adams (38), which was instrumental in overcoming difficult situations.
Lara hit 19 fours and a six in his unbeaten innings of 256 balls. The 6 batsmen of the team could not touch the figure of ten, despite which Lara did not lose patience and kept moving towards victory. West Indies scored 311 runs for 9 wickets and achieved the target in 120.1 overs. Australian pacer Glenn McGrath took 5 wickets for 92 runs in the second innings while Jason Gillespie got three wickets.