The tournament belonged to the no longer easy-hitting opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya, who had slammed the then quickest ODI century in 48 balls within the tournament.
Up to this point: Apr 07, 2020 09: 03 IST
The Singer Cup tri-sequence conducted between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Singapore in 1997 became yet every other opportunity for the newly crowned world champions Sri Lanka to showcase their prowess in front of their Asian rivals. The tournament belonged to the no longer easy-hitting opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya, who had slammed the then quickest ODI century in 48 balls within the tournament.
On April 7, 1997, 23 years from on the second, Sri Lanka and Pakistan met within the final of the tournament. Arjuna Ranatunga won the toss and set apart Pakistan into bat. Ijaz Ahmed scored a defiant 51 as Pakistan had been bowled out for a paltry 215.
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Chasing the modest complete, Jayasuriya started in cavalier sort, hitting the Pakistani pacers for a barrage of boundaries. Jayasuriya raced past the 50-elope set apart in barely 17 deliveries, which became the then quickest half of century in ODIs. Jayasuriya would at closing be pushed apart for 76 in 28 deliveries, hitting 8 boundaries and 5 wide sixes.
There became minute resistance after Jayasuriya’s dismissal as the Pakistani bowlers ran through the Lankan middle and decrease uncover. Pakistan at closing won the match by 43 runs.
Jayasuriya’s file would stand the test of time and became broken most efficient in 2015 by South African AB de Villiers, who reached his half of century in 16 deliveries.
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