Pandya’s storm in Pallekele puts Sri Lanka in trouble

Pandya’s storm puts Sri Lanka in trouble4, 4, 6,6,6,0 – 26 runs in one over brings the Indian all-rounder Hardik Panya among the exclusive record holders of Test cricket.

He holds the record of scoring the third highest score in one over of Test cricket. Sri Lanka in deep trouble as they failed to chase down the 385 run target set by India i the first innings.

They got all out on 135 in the first innings and came down to bat for the second time on that day at Pallekele and ended with 19 runs losing 1 wicket.

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The day’s highlight was Pandya’s century where he didn’t have any single ton at first class cricket before. While going to the century mark he made a record of scoring 26 runs in one single over which is the third highest in Test cricket.

It was on the 116th over when Pandya smashed the Sri Lankan spinner Pushpakumara and made the record. On the previous over he also thrashed the chinaman Sandakan with two sixes. He ended Pushpakumar’s over with a single to retain the strike and gave the world a signal that a rising Indian all-rounder is coming to the scene.

When the score reached to 421, Mohammad Sami the ninth batsman got out keeping Pandya on the other side.

Right from that moment he started his T20 style on the white jersey. He started very calmly by scoring 61 off 65.

After the lunch break he started his show and ended up by scoring 108 runs off 96 balls with 7 sixes and 8 fours.

He made three brilliant records. He is the second Indian batsman to score a hundred with 7 sixes, he is the fifth one to score a first class Test century and broke the record of 27 years by scoring 26 in one over.

Sakib Ahmed