Mahela Jayawardene © AFP (File Photo)
Mahela Jayawardene © AFP (File Photo)

 

Aug 14, 2014

 

The mighty Mahela Jayawardene was dismissed by the spin maestro Saeed Ajmal. Jayawardene could only manage to score 4 runs from 16 balls. He struggled right from the beginning. He was dropped already behind the stumps by Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistani wicketkeeper in the last over before the Tea. Junaid Khan would have added another wicket in his kitty.

The spectators have turned up in big numbers to see their legend Mahela Jayawardene playing the final Test of his career. This is Jayawardene’s 149th Test. He needs 94 runs more here to end career with an average of 50.

What cannot be debated is that Mahela Jayawardene at the wicket was always a sight to savour for the cricket aesthete. The drive through the cover oozed class and delighted the ear as much as the eye. The flick with that wondrous whip of the wrists was the liquid flow of languid grace. The cuts, played late, when the ball was well past the bat by all mortal reasoning, punctuated the innings like the rhyming mot justes of classical poetry.

 

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