Sri Lanka Achieve Humongous Test Feat, Break 48-Year-Old Massive Record

Apr1,2024



The Sri Lankan cricket team created history on the second day of the second Test match against Bangladesh on Sunday and broke a 48-year-old record. Sri Lanka scored 531 runs in its first innings without any batsman scoring a century. This was the highest score by any team in the history of Test cricket, where no batsman scored 100 or more. Six of the top seven Sri Lankan batsmen scored half-centuries, with Kusal Mendis top scoring with 93, while Kamindu Mendis remained unbeaten on 92. This record was earlier in the name of India, which had declared the innings by scoring 524/9 runs against New Zealand in Kanpur in 1976.

Bangladesh were 55-1 in their first innings at stumps on the second day of the second Test after bowling out Sri Lanka for 531 in Chittagong on Sunday.

After Lahiru Kumara bowled Mahmudul Hasan Joy for 21 runs, opener Zakir Hasan was unbeaten on 28 runs and nightwatchman Taijul Islam was unbeaten on 0 runs.

Sri Lanka scored a record 531 runs in their first innings against Bangladesh on Sunday, but Kamindu Mendis missed out on scoring his third Test century in consecutive innings.

Sri Lanka's total on the second day of the second Test in Chittagong was the highest in Test matches without any batsman scoring a century.

Mendis was unbeaten on 92 when last man Asitha Fernando was run out on duck, leaving him eight runs behind and becoming only the fourth Sri Lankan to score three centuries in three consecutive innings.

Mendis, who scored 102 and 164 runs in the first Test, came close to this feat by hitting two sixes in one over of Taijul Islam.

But in a desperate attempt to change the strike, Fernando missed his crease.

Apart from Mendis, playing his third Test, Dhananjay de Silva (70), Dinesh Chandimal (59), Kusal Mendis (93), Dimuth Karunaratne (86) and Nishan Madushka (57) also scored half-centuries.

Shakib Al Hasan finished with 3-110 as Bangladesh had to toil for almost two days after Sri Lanka batted first. Sri Lanka started the second day at 314-4.

De Silva, like Mendis, who had scored 102 and 108 in the first Test, looked likely to score 300 in a row before being dismissed in the post-lunch session.

Chandimal was the only batsman to be dismissed in the first session, dismissing Shakib behind the stumps after scoring 59 runs.

Khalid Ahmed trapped De Silva LBW in the first over after the lunch break.

Khalid could have taken another wicket in his next wicket had Prabhat Jayasuriya not been comically dropped by three slip fielders at the score of six.

Mendis was declared caught out on 35 off the bowling of Mehdi Hasan Miraz, but the decision was overturned after review.

Shakib hit Jayasuriya across the front for a four to end his 65-run partnership with Mendis for the seventh wicket, who was dropped by Hasan Mahmood at deep square leg on 60.

Sri Lanka won the first test in Sylhet by 328 runs.

(with AFP inputs)

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