With Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera posting world record partnership of 437 runs for the fourth wicket, Sri Lanka has now inscribed their name on world records for as many as three wicket positions: second, third and now fourth, which is another milestone for most number of highest partnerships by any country.
Jayawardene, on the other hand, has now been involved in two separate world record partnerships — a landmark which he shares with Donald Bradman.
Details of highest partnerships for each wicket in Test cricket:
|1 st||415||N.McKenzie & G.Smith (SA)||Bang||Chittagong||2007-08|
|2 nd||576||S.Jayasuriya & R.Mahanama (SL)||Ind||Colombo||1997|
|3 rd||624||K.Sangakkara & M.Jayawardene (SL)||SA||Colombo||2006|
|4 th||437||M.Jayawardene & T.Samaraweera (SL)||Pak||Karachi||2008-09|
|5 th||405||S.Barnes & D.Bradman (Aust)||Eng||Sydney||1946-47|
|6 th||346||J.Fingleton & D.Bradman (Aust)||Eng||Melbourne||1936-37|
|7 th||347||D.Atkinson & C.Depeiaza (WI)||Aust||Bridgetown||1954-55|
|8 th||313||Wasim Akram & Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak)||Zimb||Sheikhupura||1996-97|
|9 th||195||M.Boucher & P.Symcox (SA)||Pak||Johannesburg||1997-98|
|10 th||151||B.Hastings & R.Collinge (NZ)||Pak||Auckland||1972-73|
|10 th||151||Azhar Mahmood & Mushtaq Ahmed (Pak)||SA||Rawalpindi||1997-98|
Note: Only players from India, England, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are not involved in these record stands.
Sri Lanka’s record galore
**Sri Lanka’s of 644 for 7 declared is their highest score in Pakistan and second highest by visiting team in Pakistan. India with 675 for 5 declared has posted the highest aggregate in Pakistan- at Multan in March 2004.
**Sri Lanka’s score of 644 for 7 declared is the highest score in Tests in Karachi, surpassing the previous best 599 for 7 declared by Pakistan against India in 2005-06.
** The 437 runs stand by Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera is the highest for the fourth wicket, eclipsing the previous best of 411 by England’s Colin Cowdrey and Peter May against England at Birmingham in 1957.
** Sri Lanka has now inscribed their name in three world record partnerships for three different wicket positions - second, third and now fourth.
The full details are: 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya & Roshan Mahanama for the second wicket against India at Colombo in 1997.
624 between Kumar Sangakkara & Jayawardene for the third wicket against South Africa at Colombo in 2006 (which is world record stand for any wicket), and now 437 between Jayawardene & Samaraweera for the fourth wicket versus Pakistan at Karachi.
No other country has posted as many partnership records.
** Jayawardene has now been involved in two separate world record stands for different wickets — third & fourth as mentioned above. Only the legendary Donald Bradman has been associated in two world record partnerships for the fifth & sixth wickets.
**Jayawardene has been associated in four record stand for four different wickets for Sri Lanka, namely third, fourth, seventh & eighth. Only Chaminda Vaas has been involved in as many record stands for his country: seventh to tenth.