The Indian cricket team
toured Sri Lanka
in August 1997, participating in two Test matches
and three One Day International
(ODI) matches. During the first Test match, Sri Lanka scored 952 runs for 6 wickets, the highest team total in Test cricket. Several more records were established in this match, including the highest partnership for the third wicket by Sanath Jayasuriya
and Roshan Mahanama
. The Test series ended without a result, with both Test matches drawn.Sri Lanka
managed to win all three of the One Day International matches, although the third one had to be replayed due to bad weather. Sanath Jayasuriya was the most notable player during the tournament. He was selected as player of the series in both the Test series and the ODI series, and won two man of the match awards as well. He was the highest scoring batsman during the Test series, and also took the highest number of wickets for Sri Lanka in the ODI series.
The Indian cricket team had arrived in Sri Lanka on 12 July 1997 to participate in the Asia Cup. After that, they stayed on in the country for two Test matches and three One Day International matches with the Sri Lankan cricket team. The Sri Lankans were the world champions, having won the cricket world cup the previous year, and had also won the Asia Cup, having beaten India in the final.
Although only two Test matches had been scheduled for the tour, the Test series turned out to be a significant one in... Read More