Sri Lanka have made a good start in their quest to draw the 2-match Test Series against South Africa. The hosts finished the opening day’s play of the 2nd Test at Colombo with a score of 305 for 5 in 86 overs. Mahela Jayawardene who is going to retire soon in Test cricket came up with a superb 34th century.
In the above pic, Mahela Jayawardene raises his bat after bringing up his 34th Test century on Day 1 of Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test at SSC, Colombo
Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka were in early soup at 16 for 2 with Dale Steyn removing Upul Tharanga for 11 and Kumar Sangakkara for a first ball duck. Opener Kaushal Silva with 44 combined with Mahela Jayawardene to resurrect the Sri Lankan first innings with a 99-run stand.
Sri Lanka consolidated its innings further through a strong 131-run partnership between Mahela Jayawardene and Skipper Angelo Mathews (63 from 135 balls) for the 4th wicket. Mahela Jayawardene sustained Sri Lanka’s advantage by remaining unbeaten on 140. Mahela Jayawardene batted out 225 balls while striking 16 fours and a six.
Earlier Sri Lanka gave Test debut to Wicket Keeper Niroshan Dickwella who replaced Dinesh Chandimal. The 21-year-old Niroshan Dickwella remained unbeaten on 12 in his first knock in Test cricket. The Lankans made another change in their team with Ajantha Mendis coming in for the injured Shaminda Eranga. South Africa who had won the first Test have retained the same team.