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Stats: Records tumble for Sri Lankans

July 29, 2006 21:47 IST
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene by adding 624 runs for the third wicket in the Colombo Test against South Africa established and broke many records. We take a look:

This is now the highest partnership for any wicket in all first-class cricket obliterating the previous highest of 577 runs for the fourth wicket between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mahomed for Baroda v Holkar in 1946-47. Incidentally the previous highest partnership for the third wicket was of 467 runs between Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe for New Zealand against Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91.

The following table lists the highest partnerships in all first-class cricket matches:

Highest partnerships in first-class cricket
Runs Wkt Batsmen Teams Venue Season
624 3rd KC Sangakkara & DPMD Jayawardene Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo SSC 2006
577 4th VS Hazare & Gul Mahomed Baroda v Holkar Baroda 1946-47
576 2nd ST Jayasuriya & RS Mahanama Sri Lanka v India Colombo RPS 1997-98
574* 4th FMM Worrell & CL Walcott Barbados v Trinidad Port-of-Spain 1945-46
561 1st Waheed Mirza & Mansoor Akhtar Karachi Whites v Quetta Karachi 1976-77
555 1st P Holmes & H Sutcliffe Yorkshire v Essex Leyton 1932
554 1st JT Brown & J Tunnicliffe Yorkshire v Derbyshire Chesterfield 1898
502* 4th FMM Worrell & JDC Goddard Barbados v Trinidad Bridgetown 1943-44

The previous highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket was of 576 runs for the second wicket between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama for Sri Lanka against India at Colombo (RPS) in 1997-98.

Highest partnerships in Test cricket
Runs Wkt Batsmen For Vs Venue Season
624 3rd K Sangakkara DPMD Jayawardene SL SA Colombo (SSC) 2006
576 2nd ST Jayasuriya RS Mahanama SL Ind Colombo (RPS) 1997-98
467 3rd AH Jones MD Crowe NZ SL Wellington 1990-91
451 3rd Mudassar Nazar Javed Miandad Pak Ind Hyderabad (Niaz) 1982-83
451 2nd WH Ponsford DG Bradman Aus Eng The Oval 1934
446 2nd CC Hunte GStA Sobers WI Pak Kingston 1957-58
438 2nd MS Atapattu KC Sangakkara SL Zim Bulawayo (QSC) 2003-04
429* 3rd JA Rudolph HH Dippenaar SA Ban Chittagong 2002-03
413 1st MH Mankad Pankaj Roy Ind NZ Madras (Corp) 1955-56
411 4th PBH May MC Cowdrey Eng WI Edgbaston 1957
410 1st V Sehwag RS Dravid Ind Pak Lahore (Gaddafi) 2005-06
405 5th SG Barnes DG Bradman Aus Eng Sydney 1946-47

Highest third-wicket partnerships in Test cricket
Runs Batsmen For Vs Venue Season
624 K Sangakkara DPMD Jayawardene SL SA Colombo (SSC) 2006
467 AH Jones MD Crowe NZ SL Wellington 1990-91
451 Mudassar Nazar Javed Miandad Pak Ind Hyderabad (Niaz) 1982-83
429* JA Rudolph HH Dippenaar SA Ban Chittagong 2002-03
397 Qasim Omar Javed Miandad Pak SL Faisalabad 1985-86
370 WJ Edrich DCS Compton Eng SA Lord's 1947
352* Ijaz Ahmed Inzamam-ul-Haq Pak SL Dhaka 1998-99

This partnership is also the highest for any wicket against South Africa obliterating the 385-run stand between Steve Waugh and Greg Blewett for Australia at Johannesburg in 1996-97.

Highest partnership in Test cricket against each country
Opponent Runs Wkt Batsmen For Venue Season
Australia 382 2nd L Hutton M Leyland Eng The Oval 1938
Bangladesh 429* 3rd JA Rudolph HH Dippenaar Saf Chittagong 2002-03
England 451 2nd WH Ponsford DG Bradman Aus The Oval 1934
India 576 2nd ST Jayasuriya RS Mahanama SL Colombo (RPS) 1997-98
New Zealand 413 1st MH Mankad Pankaj Roy Ind Madras (Corp) 1955-56
Pakistan 446 2nd CC Hunte GStA Sobers WI Kingston 1957-58
South Africa 624 3rd K Sangakkara DPMD Jayawardene SL Colombo (SSC) 2006
Sri Lanka 467 3rd AH Jones MD Crowe NZ Wellington 1990-91
West Indies 411 4th PBH May MC Cowdrey Eng Edgbaston 1957
Zimbabwe 438 2nd MS Atapattu KC Sangakkara SL Bulawayo (QSC) 2003-04

Sangakkara and Jayawardene provided only the second instance of two batsmen making 250-plus scores in the same innings.

Batsmen For Score Vs Venue Season
CC Hunte (260) & GStA Sobers (365*) WI 790-3d Pak Kingston 1957-58
KC Sangakkara (287) & DPMD Jayawardene (315*) SL 485-2 SA Colombo (SSC) 2006

Highest first innings leads

The 587-run lead that Sri Lanka got over South Africa is the highest lead for any side batting second in a Test. The details :

Lead For Vs Venue Season
587 SL (756-5d) SA (169) Colombo (SSC) 2006
509 SA (682-6d) Eng (173) Lord's 2003
485 SL (713-3d) Zim (228) Bulawayo 2003-04
465 SL (555-5d) Ban (90) Colombo (SSC) 2001-02
462 WI (790-3d) Pak (328) Kingston 1957-58

Rajneesh Gupta