16 years in the past on today, West Indies nice Brian Lara turned the first, and to date the one, batsman to score 400 runs in a single innings in Test cricket. With West Indies looking at a whitewash at residence in opposition to England, captain Lara scored an unbeaten 400 off 582 balls to set his facet on their approach to a draw in the fourth Test in Antigua.
Lara’s earlier document of highest Test score was damaged solely six months earlier than that match by Australia’s Matthew Hayden who scored 380 in opposition to Zimbabwe in Perth. Lara himself got here into the match in poor type, scoring simply 100 runs in the collection earlier than that with a finest score of 36.
Lara scored 86 on the finish of the first day and by the tip of the second, he was on 313. He survived an early attraction by Steve Harmison for caught behind, a run out name when he was on 127 and one other caught behind off Gareth Batty when he was on 373.
His greatest partnerships in the innings was a 232-run stand with Ramnaresh Sarwan for the third wicket and the unbeaten 282-run partnership with Ridley Jacobs, who himself scored a century. It was after Lunch on Day 3 that Lara had reached 400.
He had confronted 582 deliveries, hit 43 fours and 4 sixes and batted for slightly below 13 hours. West Indies declared on 751/5 and the match finally headed to a draw with England batting out their two innings.
Since then, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene got here closest to the mark in 2006 when he scored 374 as a part of the world document 624-run stand he shared with Kumar Sangakkara in opposition to South Africa.