Team India completed their tour of Sri Lanka in August 1997. At that time, the first two-match Test series was about to be played and then the ODI series had started. In the first match of the Test series, a history was made, which is a world record till date. The host Sri Lankan team gave the biggest score in an innings of the Test match against India in the first match of the series. Although the result of that match was a draw, but the world record is still remembered by people.
But on 2 August 1997, the first match of the 2-match Test series was announced between India and Sri Lanka, captained by Sachin Tendulkar. Colombo to R.S. After winning the toss and batting first in this match played at Premadasa Stadium, Team India scored 537 runs at the loss of 8 wickets in 167.3 overs and declared the innings. In the final session of the second day of the match, India invited Sri Lanka for betting.
In this match for India, captain Sachin Tendulkar played 143 runs, Mohammad Azharuddin played 126 runs and Navjot Sidhu's 111 runs match. Rahul Dravid also won the hearts of people by scoring a half-century. It was being said that Team India had the upper hand in this match, but it could not be done. The target of more than 500 runs was in front of the Sri Lankan team. In such a situation, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Attapattu went to open, but Attapattu was dismissed by 26 runs.
The Sri Lankan team's score was over 600 runs. At this time, Roshan Mahanama was dismissed by 225 runs. The team's score at this time was 615 runs. In this way, a total of 576 runs were shared between the two. After Mahanama's dismissal, Sanath Jayasuriya was also dismissed on this score. Jayasuriya scored 340 runs in this match. After his dismissal, Arvinda DeSilva partnered first with captain Arjun Ranatunga and then Mahela Jayawardene.
The Sri Lankan team played a total of 271 overs in this match and scored 952 runs, losing 6 wickets before announcing the innings on 6 August 1997, which is a world record to date.