I remember both events vividly, but I'm pretty sure they didn't occur on the same day. I was at the DLTA watching Vijay beat Jaite in the morning, and then Ramesh beat Horacio de la Pena in the evening match. But I also remember being glued to the TV watching Gavaskar's valiant innings on the fourth morning of the Bangalore test (which also turned out to be his last test innings). In that Bangalore test, no batsman from either side got more than 50 (which is what Vengsarkar scored in the first innings), the highest score from Pakistan being Rameez Raja's 47. The pitch was taking spin from the first day, on which Maninder (7/27) routed Pakistan for 116. In the final innings, nobody other than Azhar (26) got more than 20 for India, but Gavaskar was unbeaten on 51 overnight, and survived a confident appeal for a catch at backward short-leg off Iqbal Qasim when he was on 52 early on the final morning. (Imran Khan swears in his autobiography that Gavaskar was out at 52; but for a change, he did not walk. Imran also says it was one of the greatest innings he ever saw anyone play). Sunny was ultimately given out for 96, caught at backward short-leg off Iqbal Qasim -- when his bat was nowhere near the ball. It was a kind of poetic justice: the umpire may have erred when Sunny was on 52, but he still ultimately prevented him from getting a century (what would have been his 35th) in his last test innings. Pakistan won a series in India for the first time -- one of the crowning achievements of Imran's career as captain (along with the 1992 World Cup).
So I went back and checked the dates, Rajiv. The early part of Gavaskar's innings was on the same day as Vijay's (and Ramesh's) heroics -- which is what you probably remember -- on March 15th, 1987. But the final day of the test match (after the rest day!) was March 17th -- when the tragedy ultimately unfolded.
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