Colombo - The retiring Mahela Jayawardene hit a solid 165 in one of his last
few Test innings to give Sri Lanka the edge on the second day of the
second match against South Africa on Friday.
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Jayawardene, due to quit
Test cricket next month, hit 17 fours and a six during his nearly
eight-hour stay at the wicket, laying down the foundation for a strong
first innings total.
At lunch, Sri Lanka were 395-6 with Test debutant Niroshan Dickwella batting on 63 and Dilruwan Perera on nine.
who was run out by a direct hit from Alviro Petersen about 30 minutes
from lunch, shared a rollicking 100-run stand with Dickwella who showed a
lot of promise in his 103-ball knock.
It was Dickwella who
dominated the bowlers initially when Sri Lanka resumed at their
overnight 305-5, driving and cutting South African fast bowlers for
fours to belie his status as a Test debutant.
Jayawardene too picked up the pace, reaching the 150-run mark with a single to long leg off Dale Steyn.
South African quicks struggled to make the new ball count in the
crucial first hour, regularly pitching in loose balls that were promptly
dispatched to the fence.
Morne Morkel's short balls were hit for
two fours on the trot by Dickwella, the batsman arching back slightly
and ramping the second one high over the slip cordon.
attritional first hour saw Morkel lose his cool and push away Dickwella
as he was trying to take a run but the bowler apologised immediately.
Proteas, apparently frustrated at their lack of success, sought a
review when Dickwella was on 44 but TV replays showed the ball had only
hit his chest before being caught in the slips.
Dickwella went on to complete his debut Test fifty with three runs off a
full toss from Morkel that he nudged it to the mid-on region.
With the fast bowlers failing to make a dent, new Test skipper Hashim Amla brought on the spinners but without luck.
spinner JP Duminy was lofted over the long-on fence for a six by
Dickwella and leg-spinner Imran Tahir looked harmless.
The hosts added 90 runs in the session while losing the wicket of Jayawardene.
South Africa lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the first match in Galle by 153 runs.