Mahela Jayawardene scored his 34th Test hundred on Thursday at Colombo © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene scored his 34th Test hundred on Thursday at Colombo © Getty Images

 

Jul 24, 2014

 

Mahela Jayawardene showed his class once again as he scored another century at his very favourite Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, against South Africa in the second Test match. Jayawardene’s century helped Sri Lanka put up a strong total of 305 for five, giving the early advantage to his side.

 

Jayawardene has now scored 11 centuries at the same venue, while his overall tally of Test hundreds is 34. In this innings, he has already played some great shots through the leg side and tried attacking the spinners. He steadied the Sri Lankan innings by building a partnership with Angelo Matthews, who also went on to score a half-century.

 

The right-handed batsman’s century is crucial for his team’s perspective as they are tailing 1-0 in the ongoing two-match Test series against the South Africans. Jayawardene, who is set to retire after the series against Pakistan, has put his side in a commanding position after the century on Thursday.

 

Jayawardene was batting on 140 runs at the end of the day with Sri Lanka will look to build on their score. Sri Lanka will expect Jayawardene to score few more runs. He also might go on to score another double hundred. He was at the crease with Niroshan Dickwella, who took most of the strike as Jayawardene started cramping towards the end of the day.

 

Kumar Sangakkara, who was out on a golden duck expressed happiness for his teammate on social media website Twitter.

 

Former Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody also tweeted saying Jayawardene is one of Sri Lanka’s all time greats.