11th September 1985: Sri Lanka Record Their First Test Win

On 11th September 1985, Sri Lanka recorded their first ever Take a look at win of their cricketing historical past, doing so of their 14th try by convincingly beating India by 149 runs, saying themselves on the worldwide stage.Colombo’s P Sara Stadium was the venue for the historic event. Profitable the toss, Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis selected to bat first and the hosts compiled 385 runs within the first innings, led by wicket-keeper Amal Silva’s fabulous century 111. He was well-supported by Roy Dias (95) and Ranjan Madugalle (54), which helped the house aspect put collectively a aggressive rating. In reply,  India had been dismissed for a paltry 244, with Rumesh Ratnayake taking four for 76. Krishnamachari Srikkanth scored 64 and Sunil Gavaskar, extremely batting at quantity 6, scored 52.

Capitalising on their lead of 141 within the first innings, Sri Lanka added one other  206 runs, courtesy of half-centuries by Roy Dias and Aravinda de Silva. The innings set India a goal of 355 however they solely managed to place collectively 198. Ratnayake, who did the majority of the harm within the first innings, took 5 wickets within the second, destroying the Indian batting as the entire nation erupted in pleasure as their aspect registered a serious landmark of their cricketing historical past.

After the victory in Colombo, Sri Lanka managed to attract the subsequent recreation at Kandy, which ensured the house aspect sealed their first ever Take a look at sequence victory over a Take a look at taking part in nation.

First Printed: September 10, 2018, 11:22 PM IST


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