Sri Lanka stretched their lead as Kaushal Silva bagged his long-awaited century on the fourth day of the final Test in Colombo against Australia. Most runs added by the sixth wicket against Australia are 298 runs by India at Wankhede Stadium before Tuesday. The Sri Lankan sixth wicket added 301 runs against the Aussies which includes 211 in the first innings and 90 in the second.
However, the 298 added by India were unbroken as they played only a single innings in the Mumbai Test in 1986-87. Sri Lanka recorded 8 fifty plus partnership in the Warne Muraltharan Trophy which is the joint most they scored in any series. They produced similar performances against India in 2009-10 and in UAE in 2013-14.
Only three batsmen posted centuries on their maiden Test innings at number three. Silva came at number three for the first time and made 115 in the second innings at Colombo.
Previously RoshanMahanama smashed 225 in 1997 and ThilanSamaraweera scored 142 in 2003-04. This was also Silva’s best innings in the series as he had only made 18 runs from his initial five innings against Australia. He posted only single digit scores from his previous innings in this series before making 115.
Silva also became the ninth person from his nation to score a duck and a century in a same Test match. There are two instances where Sri Lankan players smashed three centuries in a Test match against Australia. Both of these occasions came at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.
The previous occasion came in 1992 where the hosts lost by 16 runs. Pakistan is the only visiting side who has successfully chased a target of 300 plus in Sri Lanka in Pallekele last year. In addition to this, the highest successful chase against the hosts at SSC is 131 by Pakistan 16 years ago.
The on-going series also saw 4 local players smashing centuries which is the highest number of players for the Sri Lankan side to achieve this accolade in a series against Australia. Apart from Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal and KusalMendis scored centuries.
This is the first time for the hosts making 150 or more runs by the number six or lower batsmen against Australia. Mitchell Starc grabbed 24 wickets which is the most wickets taken by a non-Asian quick in a Test series of three or fewer matches in Asia. The most wickets by any non-Asian bowler is 27 which is held by Shane Warne against Pakistan in 2003-2004.