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Friday, November 23, 2007

[Video] Highest Team Total in Test Cricket History 952-6 Declared

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (known prior to June 1994 as the Khetterama Cricket Stadium) is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total - 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in the first test of the 1997/98 series in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket.

At close of play, Sri Lanka were 587/1 with Jayasuriya 326* and Mahanama 211* at the crease. Jayasuriya became the first ever Sri Lankan to score 300 runs in a Test.

The West Indian pair of Garry Sobers and Frank Worrell were the only ones before today to bat throughout two consecutive days (against England at Bridgetown in 1959-60). On day five, Kumble got the break through for India, sending Mahanama (225r 753m 561b 27x4 0x6) back (lbw) with the scoreboard reading 615/2!

Their partnership of 576 runs was the highest test partnership for any wicket. (previous: 467 MD Crowe and AH Jones, New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, 1990/91) Jayasuriya (340r 799m 578b 36x4 2x6) was the next to go, in the very next over, caught Ganguly, bowled Chauhan, with the score reading 615/3.

Jayasuriya's marathon and chanceless innings of 340 was the fourth highest in test cricket, after Lara's 375, Garry Sobers' 365 (not out), and Len Hutton's 364. All the Indian fielders ran to congratulate him as he departed with his head held down as he had missed his chance to overtake Lara's record.

They applauded him all the way to the pavilion from where he got a standing ovation. India had to suffer more batting practice by de Silva (126), Ranatunga (86) and Jayawardene (66). There were 58 extras when the innings ended at 952 for 6 wickets declared in 271 overs.

The team record 952/6d beat the previous best, 903-7d by England v Australia at The Oval in 1938 and still stands. This total is also the 3rd highest team total in First-class cricket (Highest: 1107, Victoria v New South Wales at Melbourne, 1926/27).


Nuwan said...

Hi Hilal,

This is a great blog !!!
I'm a cricket fan and I hope we'll have the record of Mahela and Sanga vs South Africa very soon because I can't find it anywhere.
Thanks again.


Hilal said...

Thanks for the comment Nuwan, I will add the video within the week.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much uploader !!!!! a was lukng for thiz match but cudnt ! at last I found it here ! thnax a lot ! keep up da gud work !

Hilal said...

This video is most likely not going to work in a few days. Google video is no more and now they are deleting all the videos hosted by them. I will try and upload it elsewhere or make a new edit in better quality. Check here for new Sri Lanka cricket videos:

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