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April 7, 1996: Sanath Jayasuriya's Heroics Go in Vain

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 7, 2017, 2:47 PM IST
April 7, 1996: Sanath Jayasuriya's Heroics Go in Vain

File image of former Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya. (Getty Images)

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New Delhi: Former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya was known for his hard-hitting capabilities but in the final of the Singer Cup 1996 against Pakistan, the southpaw's assault was simply ridiculous, even by his own standards.

Batting first, Pakistan were bundled out for 215 runs, with Chaminda Vaas and Mutthiah Muralitharan picking up two wickets each at the Padang cricket ground in Singapore.

Sri Lanka started the chase brightly with Jayasuriya taking the game to Pakistan. The left-hander went berserk and hit the bowlers to all concerns of the park.

Such was the brilliance and sheer speed of Jayasuriya's innings that when his opening partner Romesh Kaluwitharana was dismissed for duck, Sri Lanka's score read 70/1.

However, Jayasuriya was finally dismissed for 76 off 28 balls and that is when calamity stuck as far as Sri Lanka is concerned.

From 96/2, the Lankans were bundled out for a paltry 172 runs, as after Jayasuriya's dismissal, only Roshan Mahanama and Hashan Tilakaratne could go past the double digit mark.

Ata-ur-Rahaman and Saqlain Mushtaq picked up three wickets each as Pakistan won the Singer Cup by 43 runs.

However, this match will forever be remembered for Sanath Jayasuriya's heroics, who gave the world a glimpse of T20 in the era of ODIs.

First Published: April 7, 2017, 1:37 PM IST
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