Mahela Jayawardene gets a 100 as well as sets a new benchmark in Test cricket.
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene once again scored a brilliant century on the first day of the second Test match in Colombo, but it was his square cut, which went for a boundary that brought two millionth Test run, and for the England bowlers, it seemed most of these have been scored by Jayawardene only.
Mahela Jayawardene after scoring his century. Photo: AFP
The two millionth run arrived in the 2,039th Test when Jayawardene square cut a boundary off Anderson that advanced Sri Lanka’s total from 37 to 41, The Sun reports.
Such revelations might have statisticians somewhere close to ecstasy but, for England’s bowlers, Jayawardene brought only toil and sweat.
Initially, Jayawardene won an important toss to bat first, but saw his team reeling at 30 for four, courtesy of a brilliant bowling spell from fast bowler James
Anderson, who was on a hat trick when Jayawardene arrived on the crease.
It was Jayawardene’s 31st century in his career, and second in this Test series. He scored 105 to guide his team to 238-6 till stumps, which is also a significant recovery considering that the Lankans were struggling at one stage of the game.