Sanath Jayasuriya's bat created havoc, Sri Lanka scored 952 runs in an innings, Captain Sachin was embarrassed

The year was 1997 and the first Test match was being played between India and Sri Lanka on the ground of Colombo. Batting first, the Indian team declared its innings after scoring 537 runs and losing 8 wickets. After this, the fate of the Indian bowling attack by the Sri Lankan bowlers is still recorded in the pages of history.

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Sanath Jayasuriya's bat created havoc, Sri Lanka scored 952 runs in an innings, Captain Sachin was embarrassed

The year was 1997 and the first Test match was being played between India and Sri Lanka on the ground of Colombo. Batting first, the Indian team declared its first innings after scoring 537 runs and losing 8 wickets. The Indian camp and fans were overjoyed. However, it was calm before the storm, as the Sri Lankan bowlers wreaked havoc on the Indian bowling attack after this, which is still recorded in the pages of history.

Sri Lanka had hanged so many runs on the scoreboard, which Team India had not even imagined. Sachin Tendulkar, who was captaining the Indian team in this match, had to be embarrassed. It was a Test match that neither Sachin nor Team India would ever like to remember.

In response to India's 537 runs, Sri Lanka's start to bat was not good. Marvan Atapattu used to walk by scoring just 26 runs. After this, Roshan Mahanama came down with the bat at the crease and from here started the process of playing with the Indian bowling attack. Jayasuriya and Roshan added 576 runs for the second wicket in no time.

Neither Venkatesh Prasad's pace nor Anil Kumble's spin worked for India. Jayasuriya scored a century, then a double century, and then a triple century. A total of 340 runs came out of the left-handed batsman's bat. At the same time, his partner Roshan scored 225 runs. Sri Lanka lost the first wicket at a score of 39, then the Indian bowlers had to wait for 576 runs for the second wicket.

The Indian bowlers were successful in dismissing Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama in quick succession. However, on that day it was as if Sri Lanka's entire batting order was in form. After this, the pair of Aravinda de Silva and captain Arjuna Ranatunga made the lives of the Indian bowlers miserable. While Aravinda scored 126 runs while playing a century, the Sri Lankan captain scored 86 runs. At the same time, Mahela Jayawardene also played an inning of 66 runs.

By the end of Sri Lanka's innings, the bowed shoulders and hanging faces of the bowlers of the Indian team were clearly telling that the team playing under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar has succumbed to the hosts. Sri Lanka put 952 runs on the scoreboard losing 6 wickets, which is also the highest total ever made in an innings of Test cricket. This record still stands today.

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