August 22, 1992, Shane Warne showed the very first sight of his grandeur, and in a year he would forever change the world cricket.
About Shane Warne’s First Trial
The first trial took place in Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Australia's first Sri Lanka tour venue. Sri Lanka won the toss and on Day One put Australia in line. Chandika Hathurusingha (4/66), Champaka Ramanayake (2/51), and Wickramasinghe Pramodya (2/69) made sure that all Australians were out for 256 runs in the day one and Healy only reached 50 runs.
Going ahead with the match
The response was 170 over’s battled with 547/8 recorded in Sri Lanka at their first innings. The first wicket ward Romesh Kaluwitharana (132 *) and three Sri Lankan batsmen, Asanka Gurusinha (137), Captain Arjuna Ranatunga (127) scored as Australian bowlers were working hard over the centuries. Greg Matthews, the off-spinner, was the most effective bowler with 3/93, while Shane Warne was able to do its third test without a wicket even though he did bowl for 22 over 107 runs.
After granting almost three hundred leads, the Australians fought in the second inning with more submission. All the 11 Australians achieved double-figures in one of the rare instances in test crickets but nobody scored for a hundred years. David Boon scored top 68, and three more fifties were in the series, 471 and the bat started on the 5th day of August, the 22nd.
The goal was 181 runs for Sri Lanka. You did not need to survive or win in less than two sessions. The openers Hathurusingha and Roshan Mahanama added 76 runs to the 1st wicket.
The openers quickly were lost and they went to tea at 79/2 for another 102 runs on the last day. Gurusinha and Aravinda de Silva added 48 launches. They dropped the target to 54 launches before de Silva was dismissed by Craig McDermott. This led to a collapse as in the next ten runs Sri Lanka lost three more wickets. McDermott scalped Ranatunga. Atapattu and Kaluwitharana were caught up with by Matthews. When Sri Lanka lost Ramanayake on 147, it took 34 races for the time, compared to 3 wickets from Australia.
Shane Warne’s performance in the second innings
Warne was introduced in the second innings after a couple of overcoming runs, with 31 to defend Australian captain Allan Border. Warne took a bowling spell of 5.1 over’s 11 runs. He collected all the other three to give Australia a memorable 17 run test win.
According to Warne's version, these three wickets gave him confidence and belief in this level during the drying phase of the match. Within a year he began performing for Australia, finally finishing with 708 test wickets.