Mahela Jayawardene now has 84 50-plus scores in Test cricket, which is one of the highest ever © AFP (File Photo)
Mahela Jayawardene now has 84 50-plus scores in Test cricket, which is one of the highest ever © AFP (File Photo)

 

By Amit Banerjee

 

Aug 16, 2014

 

Mahela Jayawardene posted his 50th Test half-century in his final innings in the Test format against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday. Mahela reached the milestone when he swept Saeed Ajmal for a boundary in the 128th delivery he faced. Jayawardene also became the third player to complete 1000 runs in this calender year, the other two being fellow countrymen Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews.

 

Jayawardene is now tied with Sangakkara with fifty half-centuries each at the seventh position in the list of players with most half-centuries in Tests and eighth in the list of highest 50-plus scores. Jayawardene is also featured in the list of highest number of centuries with 34 tons. The legendary batsman will now target one last three-digit score in order to bow out of the longest format of the game on a high.

 

Following are the players with most number of 50-plus scores in Tests:

 

Player Team Matches 100s 50s 50-plus scores
Sachin Tendulkar India 200 51 68 119
Jacques Kallis South Africa 166 45 58 103
Ricky Ponting Australia 168 41 62 103
Rahul Dravid India 164 36 63 99
Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 156 29 63 92
Allan Border Australia 156 27 63 90
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 128 37 51 88
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 149 34 50 84

 

 

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, traveling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)