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.
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
Jayawardene and his close friend and long-time team-mate
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.
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 in Galle by seven
wickets, are hoping to sweep the short series to give Jayawardene,
their former captain, a winning farewell.
Upul Tharanga made 45 in
an opening stand of 54 with Kaushal Silva before both batsmen were
dismissed by left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman in the post-lunch session.
seamer Junaid Khan did not take the field in the second innings as he
was taken to hospital and kept under observation after complaining of
Junaid, who took five wickets in the first innings, had
been hit on the helmet by a rising ball from Dhammika Prasad in the
Earlier, Pakistan's wicket-keeper 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
Sarfraz hit a gutsy 103 as Pakistan carried their
overnight score of 244-6 to 332 before they were all out at the stroke
of lunch in reply to Sri Lanka's 320.
Sarfraz, who came to bat
after tea on the second day with Pakistan struggling at 140-5, led a
remarkable fightback by the lower order that enabled the tourists gain
the slender lead.
But Herath grabbed attention in the eventful
morning session by claiming the four remaining wickets to finish with
9-127, only the second Sri Lankan after Muttiah Muralitharan to take
nine wickets in an innings.
The 36-year-old Herath, who surpassed
his previous best of seven for 89 against Bangladesh in Colombo last
year, is currently the number one Test spinner in the official rankings.
He has claimed 255 wickets so far in 57 Tests.
the day on 66, Sarfraz reached his hundred by hooking left-arm seamer
Chanaka Welegedara for a six after pulling the previous delivery for a
He was ninth out with Pakistan just six runs away from
taking the lead when he edged Herath to give wicket-keeper Niroshan
Dickwella his fifth catch in the innings.
Last man Junaid hit an unbeaten 13 to help Pakistan go past Sri Lanka's total.
who earlier in the morning had dismissed Rehman (16) and Wahab Riaz
(17), ended the innings by bowling Saeed Ajmal for four.