Nidahas Trophy is back after 20 years
The Nidahas Trophy is back after a gap of 20 years. The first Nidahas Trophy was played back in 1998. The tournament was an ODI tri-series involving Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. It was held to mark 50 years of Sri Lankan independence. 20 years later, a T20I tri-nation series is being held. The 2018 edition involves hosts Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
Remembering Dada-Sachin's epic world record
India won the first Nidahas Trophy in 1998 after beating Sri Lanka in the final by six runs. In the final, Indian opening duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly added 252 runs for the first wicket. It was a world record back at that time. Three years later, the pair broke their own record when they put up a 258-run stand versus Kenya.
1998 Nidahas Trophy: Road to the final
Five matches were called off due to rain or poor weather. Sri Lanka won three out of their four games and India won a solitary game and that was enough for the duo to reach the final. New Zealand had their four matches washed out.
The final battle- Sri Lanka vs India
The final of the 1998 Nidahas Trophy was played in Colombo. India posted a massive 307/6 with the help of Ganguly's 109 and Sachin's 128 runs. Sri Lanka, in reply, fought hard and came close to stealing a victory. In the end, the Islanders fell short by a paltry six runs. Ajit Agarkar picked 4/53 with Aravinda de Silva smashing 105 off 94 deliveries.
Nidahas Trophy 2018 - A summary
The tri-nation T20I series involving Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh starts on Tuesday, March 6. Asian cricket's three rivals will fight for the trophy which is held by India. The tournament is set to mark Sri Lanka's 70th year of independence.