Sri Lanka made their seventh Test complete of seven hundred or extra on day 4 towards Ireland, declaring on 704/3 after taking a 212-run lead in the Test match.
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Double centuries from Nishan Madushka and Kusal Mendis observed by using a fifteenth Test hundred for Angelo Mathews noticed Sri Lanka take a massive lead towards Ireland in Galle on day four.
Resuming on 357/1 after rain pressured early stumps on day three, Madushka and Mendis piled on Ireland’s misery, placing on a 268-run partnership. Madushka transformed his maiden Test ton to a double whilst Mendis made his first double hundred too later in the day.
The leap forward for Ireland got here proper earlier than the 2nd new ball was once taken when Andy McBrine had Madushka trapped in the front for 205. Mendis and Mathews joined arms from thereon, carrying Sri Lanka thru until the whole was once on 629, when Mendis used to be out caught with the aid of Humphreys off Graham Hume’s bowling.
Mathews’ ton later in the day supposed that every of Sri Lanka’s pinnacle 4 had made a hundred in the innings, solely the 0.33 such occasion in Test history.
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It was once first finished in 2007 by means of India towards Bangladesh in Mirpur when Dinesh Karthik, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar made hundreds.
Pakistan repeated the feat in 2019 in opposition to Sri Lanka in Karachi to flip a Test on its head. Bowled out for 191 in the first innings and conceding a lead, Pakistan got here lower back into the Test in the 1/3 innings with a big complete of 555/3 declared.
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Each of the pinnacle 4 batters — Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam — made lots for Pakistan as they went on to win the Test by means of a enormous margin.
With Madushka and Mendis’ double ton and centuries from Karunaratne and Mathews, Sri Lanka grew to become the 1/3 crew to attain this uncommon Test feat.