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Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Day On July 29, 2006: Jayawardene, Sangakkara Rewrite History Books

Two of the game's biggest names - Mahela Jayawardene and Kumara Sangakkara - broke the record for the biggest partnership in Test cricket as they simply kept on batting forcing South Africa into submission.

The pair batted nearly three days for a 624-run stand in Colombo. Jayawardene scored 374 and Sangakkara made 287. South Africa simply couldn't dismiss them.

The previous record was also held by a Sri Lankan pair - Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama - who had a 576-run stand against India.

Sri Lanka scored a humongous total of 756/5 after South Africa had been cheaply dismissed for 169.

 in 2006, @MahelaJay & @KumarSanga2 set the World Record partnership in Test cricket, as their partnership finished on 624 runs
Muralitharan took 4 wickets in the first innings, and 6 in the second. South Africa did show some fight in the second innings as Jacques Rudolph and Mark Boucher scored fine half-centuries but that was never going to be enough.

Sri Lanka easily won by an innings and 153 runs.

But this was a game that will forever be remembered for the master-class batting display from the two legends and also two best friends off the field. They decided to bat and simply continued for eternity. It will indeed take a special effort to break this record.

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