Sri Lankans in record stand

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The Independent Online

Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene broke a 72-year-old world record yesterday as Sri Lanka took a 334-run first-innings lead on the fourth day of the first Test against India.

Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 760 for 7 – thanks to a 351-run sixth-wicket stand between the Jayawardenes. It is the highest innings total ever scored in India.

India, who made 426 in their first innings, were 190 for 2 in their second dig at stumps on the fourth day and lost the crucial wicket of first-innings centurion Rahul Dravid (38). Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 74 with the nightwatchman Amir Mishra (12). The home team still trail by 144 runs.