Thursday, April 4, 2019

Jayasuriya-Mahanama set up the 576-run world record partnership

Highlights - Jayasuriya-Mahanama set up the 576-run world record partnership

India tour of Sri Lanka 2-match series of the 1st Test match played between India vs Sri Lanka in 1997 at Colambo.

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama set up the 576-runs world record partnership against India at Colombo in 1997.

India would have thought they were in a good position after posting 537/8d in the first innings and reducing Sri Lanka to 39/1 at the end of Day 2.

But then the Sanath Jayasuriya-Roshan Mahanama onslaught began on the third day. Sanath Jayasuriya had scored 163, Roshan Mahanama 115, putting on 283. 

The next day had seen Jayasuriya filled up another 151, and Mahanama 96, and Sri Lanka 265. The score stood at a ridiculous 587 for 1.

India didn’t get a single wicket for the next two days until Mahanama was trapped LBW by Anil Kumble on day 5 - He got out for 225. 

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama put up 576 runs for the second wicket, which was the highest-ever partnership at all time.

Jayasuriya then fell for 340, 35 short of Brian Lara's highest Test score of 375 at that time.

Sri Lanka eventually recorded the highest-ever test total of 952/6d, which is still unbroken.