Sourav Ganguly 183 Rahul Dravid 145 built the highest ever partnership in 1999
In the 1999 World Cup, Cricket has seen one of the highest ever partnership in international cricket. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid tormented Sri Lankan bowling attack. They shared 318 run partnership, the then best. The record lasted for only 6 months as in the November 1999 Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid built a 331-second wicket partnership.
Under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin India had one of the most formidable batting line-ups.
In Taunton, India and defending champion Sri Lanka were confronting each other for a group A encounter. Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga won the toss chose to field first. They got off to a good start as Chaminda Vaas gave them a first over break through by picking up the wicket of opener Sadagoppan Ramesh.
The annihilation started afterwards as Rahul Dravid, who was the highest run-scorer of the series, joined Ganguly. The right and left handed combination rattled Sri Lankan bowlers.
Chaminda Vaas and Eric Upashantha proved to be the most expensive bowler of the match. Even Muttiah Muralitharan proved toothless.
At the Taunton, County Ground, spectators were amazed by Indian batsmen’s flurry of stroke play. Sourav Ganguly drove 17 boundaries and 7 massive sixes on the way to his career best 183. Rahul Dravid scored a gusty 145 off 129 balls. The right-handed batsman hit 17 fours and one six.
Rahul and Sourav batted till 45.4 overs. Their 318 run partnership is still the second highest second wicket partnership in 50 over cricket. And their partnership was also the highest ever world cup performance by then. It lasted for three World Cups before Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels broke it against Zimbabwe in the 2015 Word Cup in Canberra.
India gave Sri Lanka a 374 target. Under mountainous Sri Lanka caved in for 216. Indian won the match by 157 runs. Robin Singh took five wickets.
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