Exactly 21 years ago, during the second match of the Singer World Series 1996, Sri Lanka beat India comprehensively by 9 wickets. In the first match, Australia beat Zimbabwe by 125 runs. Sachin Tendulkar, the then Indian captain, won the toss and chose to bat.
India ended up scoring 226-9 in 50 overs, a score which was considered as worth competing in those times. India’s innings revolved around Tendulkar’s ninth ODI century. He scored 110 (138) with the help of five fours and a six. He was supported the Mohammad Azharuddin, who scored 58 (99) with the help of a four. Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Dharmasena picked a wicket each.
Watch the full video of Tendulkar’s innings:
This was the era when Sanath Jayasuriya had started taking on the opposition bowlers, especially during the powerplay overs. He continued to do the same in this match. He took on both the fast bowlers and the spinners as he scored his third ODI hundred, 120* (128), with the help of eight fours and three sixes. Sri Lanka scored the required target, 230-1, in 44.2 overs.
Watch the full video of Jayasuriya’s innings: