16 years ago on this day Pakistan made history in the world of international cricket, nobody dare break till today

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16 years ago on this day Pakistan made history in the world of international cricket, nobody dare break till today

ISLAMABAD - Fast bowling is an art few understand, and fewer can master. Scientifically speaking, the 'act' is a puzzle for biomechanics' around the globe, as the idea of a human body contorting to produce speeds that some of the best bowlers manage is a feat in itself.

On April 27 some 16 years ago, Shoaib Akhtar became the first man to break the 100-mile barrier. he did in fact break the 100-mile barrier.

As Pakistan played New Zealand in Lahore, history was made.

Batting first, Pakistan had posted a stiff target of 278 from their 50 overs for the visitors in the inconsequential third match of the series (Pakistan had already won the first two games).

As the New Zealand chase began, Waqar Younis and Akhtar took the new ball. As Younis was diligent with his line and length, the younger Akhtar bombarded the openers with 'snaughter'.

The 'Rawalpindi Express', as he came to be known, delivered ball after ball with speeds in excess of 99 mph. The worst off Craig McMillan as he faced a delivery at the speed of 99.3 mph (159 kph). But, Akhtar was just warming up. He bowled a ball at the speed 100.04 mph, thus making a history in the international cricket.