Tag: Don Bradman

Cricket: Australia v India: Smith’s 71 takes him past Bradman mark

Steve Smith eclipsed a Don Bradman record as Australia chased victory over India in the fourth Test in Sydney.

Fourth Test, Sydney (day four):
Australia 572-7 dec and 251-6 v India 475

The captain hit 71 off 70 balls to pass Bradman’s 1947-48 Australian record of 715 for most runs in a series against India.

Smith, who had already made four centuries in the series, scored 769 runs at an average of 128.16.

Australia raced to 251-6 and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of day four.

Looking to wrap up the four-match series 3-0, the hosts dismissed India for 475 shortly before tea to take a 97-run lead after the first innings.

India captain Virat Kohli was only able to add seven runs to his overnight score before clipping a Ryan Harris delivery to Rogers at midwicket.

Kohli’s 147 helped bring his tally over the four tests to 646 runs, the second highest by an Indian batsman in an overseas series after the 774 Sunil Gavaskar accumulated in West Indies in 1971.

In response, Australia opener Chris Rogers hit a 77-ball 56 before he was caught at midwicket off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, while Smith was eventually out lbw to Mohammed Shami.

Joe Burns weighed in with three sixes and eight fours in his 39-ball 66.

Bradman,  who died in 2001 aged 92, is regarded as Australia’s finest cricketer and the greatest Test batsman of all time.

Read more at BBC Sport

Cricket: New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara closes in on Don Bradman double hundred record

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara scored his 11th Test double century to move one behind Australia legend Don Bradman’s all-time record.

Second Test, Wellington (day two):
New Zealand 221 all out & 22-0 Sri Lanka 356 all out

He made 203 on day two of the second Test against New Zealand to help his side to 356 all out, a lead of 135.

Sangakkara will quit one day international cricket after the World Cup, which starts in February.

But the 37-year-old said he will “see whether there is a few more months of cricket in me Test-wise”.

Sangakkara, who spent the majority of his Test career keeping wicket – claiming 178 catches and 20 stumpings before giving up the gloves – also became the fastest player to reach 12,000 Test runs on day one.

“It just depends on how everything pans out after this World Cup,” added the former law student.

“It’s really hard to predict what will happen and what my thoughts will be at the end of the World Cup about my future.”

Day two in Wellington ended with the Kiwis 22-0 in their second innings.

Sri Lanka need to win the Test to level the two-match series after aneight-wicket loss in Christchurch.