The Indo-Lankan rivalry is traditional and old school, the Indians have met their Lankan counterparts on 12 occasions out of which 6 times the result went in their favor.In the most recent meeting of the two sides in 2009, India reached its ‘numero uno’ status in test cricket after thrashing the Lankans in Mumbai. The Upcoming series in Sri Lanka would be the first meeting between the neighboring nations in over 6 years. Both the sides have been revamped and are being led by young and ambitious captains.
Over the years there have been some hard fought tests between these two sided that created history, here’s a look at the top 5 Iconic India vs Sri Lanka Tests.
5. Sri Lanka Vs India(P Sara Oval 1985)
This test match played at the Sara Oval in Colombo was Sri Lanka’s Icebreaker, their first ever test win. The Island nation, led by Duleep Mendis, was still finding its feet in test cricket, when a strong Indian side toured them in the Autumn of 1985. The first test had ended in a draw and the stakes were high for this game. The Lankans batted first and did so beautifully on a difficult pitch by putting up 381 runs on the board, thanks largely to Amal Silva’s solid 111. The Indians never really got going, as the Lankans bowled really well, and managed to make just 244. Srikanth, Gavaskar and Amarnath got fifties. Rumesh Ratnayake picked 4 wickets.The Lankans once again showed their class in their second innings as they piled on the runs to finish at 206/3 before setting the Indians a target of 348 runs. Destiny was written all over this game as Sri Lanka dismissed the Indians for a paltry 198 to register their first test win by 149 runs making history. The following day went on to be declared a national holiday in Sri Lanka.