Marathon innings of 275 runs by M.Jayawardne and a world record partnership between him and wicket keeper batsman P.Jayawardne of 351 runs for the sixth wicket has put Sri Lanka in a great position to create a history on slow turning Motera wicket at Ahmedabad on the last day of the 1st test match.
After taking a huge lead of 334 runs, Sri Lanka declared their inning on 760/7 just before tea to give them a great chance of winning their first test match on Indian soil. However brisk opening stand of 81 runs between Virendra Sehwag (51 runs) and Gautam Gambhir (74* runs) and then a solid partnership between Rahul Dravid and Gambhir put India into some safety at the close of fourth days play.
At stumps on day4 Gautam Gambhir and Amit Mishra were at the crease. Now as we know except for the third and fourth morning we have already witnessed how Indians batted in the first hour of the plays on day one and day two of this test match, so by considering this, the fifth day first hour will decide whether this match will heads towards draw or Sri Lanka will register there first win on Indian soil.
Now it’s all depend on 2nd wall of India Gautam Gambhir especially after the way Rahul Dravid was judged lbw by Australian umpire Daryl Harper with a ball clearly going down leg.
Earlier Sri Lanka resumes their day on 591 for five, the Sri Lankas carried on from where they had left and ensured that a number of batting records fell by the wayside. The sixth wicket partnership between the two Jayawardenes sunk the 72-year-old record set by Jack Fingleton and Donald Bradman for Australia against England in the last Ashes series held before World War II, in 1936-37, at Melbourne.