Mahela Jayawardene takes centrestage

After spinner Herath's nine wickets in an innings wrecks havoc, Jayawardene remains unbeaten on 49 in his last Test against Pakistan

Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene scored an unbeaten 49 in his last Test innings as Sri Lanka took charge of the second and final match against Pakistan in Colombo on Saturday.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene en route his unbeaten 49 against Pakistan at the SSC ground in Colombo on Saturday. Pic/AFP.

The hosts, who trailed by 12 runs on the first innings, put on a strong batting performance to move to 177-2 in their second innings by stumps on the third day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Herath creates history
During the eventful day’s play, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed smashed a maiden Test century and Sri Lanka’s spinner Rangana Herath became the first left-arm bowler in history to take nine wickets in an innings.

Jayawardene and his close friend and long-time teammate Kumar Sangakkara batted together for the last time in a Test match to put on 98 for the unbroken third wicket. Jayawardene, who was warmly applauded to the crease by Pakistani fielders and some 4,000 home fans, played fluently to strike seven boundaries.

Mahela Jayawardene's wife Christina Sirisena holds her daughter
Mahela Jayawardene's wife Christina Sirisena holds her daughter during the third day's play on Saturday. Pic/AFP.

Sanga unbeaten on 54
Sangakkara was unbeaten on 54, with Sri Lanka 165 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand on a wearing pitch expected to assist spinners on the last two days. Sri Lanka, who won the first Test by seven wickets, are hoping to sweep the series to give Jayawardene a winning farewell.

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