It rained at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo as Sri Lanka honked horns India In the first Test of a two-match series from 2 August to 6 August 1997. The game witnessed several illustrious records as the batsmen from both sides made the most of Colombo’s batting friendly pitch.
While there were six hundreds in the five-day match, it was Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya who stole all the limelight. Record breaking test match start with Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar Having won the toss, decided to show his skills with the willow first.
India lost their opener Nayan Mongia cheaply for seven. However, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin scored a century each to take India to a total of 537. The captain was the highest run-scorer for India with 143, followed by Azharuddin (126) and Sidhu (111).
In reply, Sri Lanka were 39/1 at the end of Day 1. He got his first hiccup in the form of opening batsman Marvan Atapattu, who lost his wicket while playing on 26. However, the remaining three days of the match saw pain. Indian bowlers. Jayasuriya set several records over the course of three days to register his name in golden letters in the history of the purest format of the game.
Jayasuriya shared a record breaking partnership with Sri Lanka’s No. 3 Roshan Mahanama. Both created history by batting in the middle for two full days. Jayasuriya and Mahanama shared 576 runs for the second wicket, which is the highest in international cricket.
Mahanama scored a score of 225 on a score of 561. Meanwhile, Jayasuriya registered his first and only triple century in the longest format. The left-hander’s remarkable innings came to an end as he was trapped by Indian spinner Rajesh Chauhan. Jayasuriya went to the pavilion after scoring 340 runs in 578.
This was followed by the exploits of Aravind de Silva, who became the sixth century of the encounter. Aurobindo scored 126 runs to take Sri Lanka to the highest ever score in Test cricket i.e. 952. The game saw some of the best batsmen in both India and Sri Lanka, but it ended in a draw.