When a Sri Lankan batsman scored over 63 percent of his side's total
in a Test against India (08 Aug 2001)
Sri Lanka came to India during the early part of the 1990-91 season
for a short tour comprising one Test and three One-Day Internationals.
They were hopeful of doing well but much to their chagrin, they were
presented with a dreadful playing surface for the Test at Chandigarh.
It was obvious from the start that batting would be difficult and when
the strong Indian batting line up was restricted to 288, it was taken
for granted that the Sri Lankans would do far worse on a pitch that was
Left arm spinner Venkatpathy Raju was in his elements. Making the ball
jump and turn, he finished with six for 12 off 17.5 overs to bowl out
Sri Lanka for 82. But even in this form, he could not get the better of
Asanka Gurusinha. The 24-year-old left hander put up a show of
defiance that was worthy of the highest admiration. On that
minefield of a strip, he displayed perfect technique and temperament.
Coming in when the first wicket fell at 4, Gurusinha saw his
colleagues succumb one by one but remained unconquered when the
innings terminated at 82. Gurusinha batted three hours and faced 159
balls for his unbeaten 52 which constituted 63.41 percent of the
total. Cricket however is a great leveller and in the second innings,
Gurusinha was out for a second ball duck as India went on to win by an
innings and eight runs.
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Results & Scores
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 77 runs
India 234 & 299 (124.5 ov)
Sri Lanka 610/6d
Sri Lanka Board-XI
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