Written by Bella Dalima
14 Aug, 2014 | 10:24 pm
Six thousand two hundred and twenty one days after earning his Test cap, Mahela Jayawardene’s life as a Test cricketer became a full circle as he strode out for the last lap at the SSC, his favourite venue.
The Second Test between Sri Lanka and the visiting Pakistani’s commenced on Thursday at a packed SSC in Colombo.
Everything seemed like it was as per the script: bright skies, a firm pitch with nothing for the bowlers, Sri Lanka winning the toss and opting to bat and a solid platform by the openers. The farewell of one Sri Lanka’s best batsman couldn’t have been planned any better.
Sri Lanka got off a solid opening with Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva putting on 79 runs for the first wicket. Kaushal was dismissed nine runs short of a half century by Junaid Khan.
Kumar Sangakkara who came in next was dismissed for 22 runs by Wahab Riaz. Mahela Jayawardene arrived at the crease for the 251st time to a guard of honour by the Pakistan team and with the crackle of the fire-crackers in the background.
In the sixteen deliveries that he faced, he was dropped once by the wicketkeeper off Junaid Khan on 4 and failed to add a run as he was trapped by a sharp off-spinner from Saeed Ajmal.
Opener Upul Tharanga fell later for 92 runs which also saw several Lankan wickets fall at regular intervals. At Stumps on Day , Sri Lanka were 261 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
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