This was also the first instancewhen a 300-run partnership was witnessed in ODI.
#OnThisDay in the WC, Rahul Dravid & Saurav Ganguly stitched one of the most iconic World Cup partnerships, with a -run stand helping beat by runs. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Z0MEQZGY8V
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What happened in the contest?
After electing to field first, Sri Lanka got off to a fine start with pacer Chaminda Vaas removing opener Sadagopan Ramesh in the very first over. However, what followed next completely changed the course of the contest.
Dravid the arrived in the middle and along with Ganguly, the duo sent Lankan bowlers on a leather hunt. The left-handed batsman smashed a total of 17 fours and seven towering sixes in his 158-ball innings. Dravid, on the other hand, also hit a similar number of fours and one six in his 129-ball stay at the crease.
Sri Lanka finally broke the partnership in the 46th over, courtsey to run-out by Muttiah Muralitharan.
The Men In Blue then went on to lose a few wickets in the death overs but the record-breaking stand between Ganguly-Dravid guided India to 373/6 in 50 overs.
In response, Sri Lanka crumbled on to the scoreboard pressure and were bundled out for just 216 in the 43rd over.
Robin Singh ended the contest with a five-wicket haul as India won the contest by 157 runs.