Last week we saw an incredible feat achieved in the Sri Lankan first-class setup, wherein Nondescripts Cricket Club skipper Angelo Perera became only the second batsman in First-Class cricketing history to script twin double-centuries in a single first-class match.
The right-handed batsman scored 201 off 203 balls in the first innings, while also scoring 231 off 268 deliveries in the second innings against Sinhalese Sports Club which comprised of Sri Lankan regulars Dhammika Prasad and Sachithra Senanayake. This feat has only been attained once earlier in the year 1938 in the County Championship, when former English cricketer Arthur Fagg managed 248 and 202 not out for Kent against Essex, becoming the first batsman in First-Class cricketing history to hit twin double-centuries in a single game.
However, this deed has never been achieved in the highest format of the game. Although we have seen certain batsman scoring a double century and couple it up with a ton in the same game. Below, we list down these cricketers, who have managed a double-century and a ton in the very same match.
5. Kumar Sangakkara (319 & 105 vs Bangladesh in 2013-14)
The most recent instance of the above-mentioned achievement was achieved by none other than Sri Lankan cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara against Bangladesh at Chittagong when the Southpaw batsman hit his maiden Test Triple Century in the first innings and followed it up with a fine century of 105 runs in the second innings. Courtesy of his innings, Sri Lanka drew the match and won the 2-match Test series 1-0.
4. Graham Gooch (333 & 123 vs India in 1990)
The first instance of a triple ton and a century in the same Test Match was achieved by English great Graham Gooch, who hit 333 in the first innings and 123 in the second against the touring Indian side at Lords. His batting prowess in the match helped the home side defeat the Men in Blue by 247 runs, thus leading the 3-match Test series 1-0 at the completion of the First Test.
3. Sunil Gavaskar (124 & 220 vs West Indies in 1970-71)
This was the first ever instance when a batsman hit a double century and a ton in the same match. En route to India’s total of 360 in the first innings, Sunil Gavaskar who was debuting for India in the series hit his third century in just his fourth test. He further went on to score 220 in the second innings, his first career double-century. His valiant effort helped India draw the match as India won their first Test Series against West Indies. India managed to win the 5-match Test Series 1-0. This was also their first ever series win in West Indies.
2. Brian Lara (221 & 130 vs Sri Lanka in 2001-02)
Brian Lara managed the same feat against Sri Lanka at their own den in the 2001-02 season. Batting first, West Indies managed to post 390 in the first innings, of which Brian Lara scored 221. In reply, the Lankans posted 627. Courtesy on another ton (130) by Lara, West Indies scored 262. However, this feat of Lara went to vain as Sri Lanka ended up winning the match and the 3-match series 3-0.
1. Greg Chappell (247* & 133 vs New Zealand in 1973-74)
Former Australian skipper Greg Chappell became only the second International cricketer to hit a double century and a ton in the same match, when in the very First Test on their tour to New Zealand, Chappell scored 247 not out in the first innings, and followed it up with a fine century of 133 in the second innings. However, his effort went into vain as New Zealand managed to draw the Test.
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