On this Day- 6 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the test match played 24 years ago
The Test match played between Team India and Sri Lanka in the year 1997 is recorded in the history of cricket. There were so many runs in this match that a record was made. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya made a record by scoring a triple century. Apart from this, a double century, 4 centuries and 3 half-centuries were also scored in the match. No team has been able to break Sri Lanka’s record of scoring the most total runs in Tests in this match.
Team India went on a tour of Sri Lanka in the year 1997 to play a two-Test series. On 2 August, Team India captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss of the first match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and decided to bat first. Opener Navjot Singh Sidhu scored 111 runs, Sachin scored 143 runs, Mohammad Azharuddin scored 126 runs and Rahul Dravid scored 537 runs in the first innings of the match. In this match, a total of 3 centuries and one half-century came from India.
The Sri Lankan team, who came to play on the second day, continued to play for the next 4 days. In this match played for a total of 5 days, India got a chance to play only on the first day. Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya scored a triple century and set the record by scoring a record-breaking 340. Jayasuriya, who played 578 balls in his innings, scored 150 runs with fours and sixes.
Highest total of the Test in the name of Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan batsman Roshan Mahanama scored 225 runs while scoring a brilliant double century. Middle-order batsman Arvind de Silva also scored a century and scored 126 runs. Similarly, captain Arjun Ranatunga scored 86 runs, Mahela Jayawardene scored a half-century of 66 runs. Playing for 4 days, Sri Lanka made the highest score of Test cricket by scoring 952 runs, which no one has been able to break till date.
This test match played for 5 days ended in a draw. Sanath Jayasuriya was adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant performance. After this the second Test match of the series was played on 9 August. In this match, the bats of many players caught fire. In the second innings too, Sanath Jayasuriya scored 199 runs. India’s Sachin and Sourav Ganguly and Sri Lanka’s Arvind de Silva scored centuries. However, this match also ended in a draw and the two-match Test series was also drawn.