TEST CRICKET: Rare team batting record for SL

TEST CRICKET: Rare team batting record for Sri Lanka

by - 01-04-2024 | 10:16 AM

ICC: Sri Lanka's batters put together a rare team record against Bangladesh in the second Test in Chattogram. This series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

In the first innings, Sri Lanka scored 531, yet none of their batters made a century. This made it the highest-ever total in a Test innings without a hundred.

Six of Sri Lanka's top seven batters made half-centuries with none going on to convert them to triple figures. The highest score in the innings was Kusal Mendis' 93 while Kamindu Mendis was second-best at 92 not out. He remained stranded eight short of a third Test century in a row as the visitors were bowled out.

Sri Lanka's innings broke the previous highest score set by India against New Zealand (524/9 declared) in Kanpur in 1976. On that occasion too, six Indian batters had scored half-centuries in the innings.

Sri Lanka's formidable total in the first innings helps them become strong favourites to complete a series victory after their dominant win in the first Test.