India, who were batting first, lost Sadagopan Ramesh early on just 5. This fall of wicket came as a blessing in disguise for India. Rahul Dravid came in at number 3 and then started the struggle of the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and other champion bowlers of the Sri Lankan team could not do much when it came to dealing with the Indian batsmen.
Relive the epic partnership:
Ganguly smashed Muralitharan on a number of occasions for six, coming out to hit him out of the park. Rahul Dravid, on the other end, kept on pushing for boundaries as well. This was a very unlike Rahul Dravid innings, where he also hit some sixes.
When the partnership was broken, India had surpassed the 300-mark. In the end, courtesy, Sourav Ganguly’s 183 and Rahul Dravid’s 145, India posted 373 for 6 in 50 overs. It was always going to be difficult chasing such a huge total for Sri Lanka. They were bowled out for 216 runs in 42.3 overs, losing the match by a huge margin of 160 runs. Aravinda de Silva top scored for the side by making 56 runs while captain Arjuna Ranatunga scored 42.