ON THIS DAY in 2006, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene wore down the might of South Africa, with a gigantic 624-run partnership – the biggest in Test history.
At the SSC in Colombo, Sri Lanka bowled the proteas out for 169, before it became apparent that their own batsmen were allowed to bat on a different pitch.
Mahela Jayawardene came tantalisingly close to the world record test score of 400* set by Brian Lara in 2004, with 374 off 572.
The home side racked up 756-5 declared, with Kumar Sangakkara caressing 287 of 457 to reinforce Jayawardene, with a scintillating and technically supreme knock.
The record surpassed the previous by 48 runs, which oddly was set by fellow Sri Lankans.
Unlike other batting records that do not help the side win., this partnership helped to crush the South Africans, who lost the match by a big margin of 153 runs.