Mahela Jayawardene unbeaten at tea; Sri Lanka 162/2
Mahela Jayawardene walked out to bat to a Guard of honour from the Pakistan team © AFP (File Photo)
By Abhijit Banare
Aug 14, 2014
Sri Lanka are 162 for two at tea on Day One of the second Test against Pakistan at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo. The Lankans are cruising along though they lost two wickets in the session. However, all that matters to the Lankan fans is the presence of their hero Mahela Jayawardene batting on in his final Test.
Jayawardene walked out to bat to a rousing reception from the spectators and a Guard of honour from the Pakistan team. Fire-crackers were burst around the stadium as Jayawardene walked to bat. The spectators suddenly went silent hoping to the see the legend get off the mark. The last thing a Lankan fan would like to know is that Don Bradman too started his final Test on the same day and we all know how that ended. However, Jayawardene — the leading run-scorer at this venue — got off the mark in the 50th over of the innings with a single off Wahab Riaz’s bowling.
It was Riaz who ensured Jayawardene walked out to bat before tea when he castled with a full inswinging delivery to Kumar Sangakkara (22). As usual the pitch had nothing much in it but it was the mistake on part of the batsmen which saw the dismissal of two of them. Kaushal Silva was the first to depart when he tried to drive a fuller delivery from Junaid Khan and was caught behind. Sangakkara on the other hand faced a few short ones before being undone by a fuller one going through his defence.
Despite the loss of two wickets, the Lankans are still in a solid position. But all eyes will be on the man of the moment, Jayawardene. He could possibly end with an average of 50 if he gets 94 runs in the match.
Sri Lanka 162 for 2 ( U Tharanga 81*, Junaid Khan 1 for 41) vs Pakistan.
Complete coverage of Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)