Sri Lanka becomes only the 2nd team after Pakistan to equal India's world record in Test
Sri Lanka is taking on Ireland in the two-match test series. They won the first test by a big margin of an inning and 280 runs, while the second game is underway at the Galle International Stadium in Galle.
The hosts are also in commanding position, as they have a lead of 158 runs while Ireland is struggling at 54/2 in the second inning. It will be interesting to see if early Sri Lanka can wrap up the visitors batting on Day 5 or if Ireland can stick around and find it hard for a draw.
Batting first, Ireland posted their highest test total of 492 runs in the first inning. Paul Stirling (103) and Curtis Campher (111) scored centuries, while Lorcan Tucker (80) and skipper Andy Balbirnie (95) also contributed well.
But when Sri Lanka came to bat, it was some incredible batting from their top four, who scored a century each, including two double centuries. Veteran Angelo Mathews was the fourth Sri Lankan batter to score a century in the second inning. With this, Sri Lanka has equaled India and Pakistan and become only the third team where the top four players score a century in an inning.
Nishan Madushka, who was playing his third test, scored a double century (205), while Dimuth Karunaratne (115) scored his 16th test ton. Kusal Mendis scored his maiden double century and made 245 off 291 runs, and Mathews remained unbeaten on 100 off 114 when Sri Lanka declared at a mammoth total of 704/3 in 151 overs.
The first instance of such was achieved by India in 2007 against Bangladesh when Dinesh Karthik (129), Wasim Jaffer (138), Rahul Dravid (129) and Sachin Tendulkar (122*) and India declared at 610/3 and India won the game by an inning and 239 runs.
The second time, it was repeated by Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 2019. Shan Masood (135), Abid Ali (174), Azhar Ali (118), and Babar Azam (100*) scored a hundred each, and Pakistan won that game by 263 runs.