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Jayawardene gets double century against Proteas

AFP , GALLE, SRI LANKA

Mahela Jayawardene completed a superb double century as Sri Lanka batted out two sessions on the second day of the first Test against South Africa yesterday.

Sri Lanka were all out for 486 at the stroke of tea with Jayawardene (237) putting on a record partnership with Chaminda Vaas (69) after resuming on 116 in a team score of 279-7.

The 27-year-old played shots all over the Galle International Stadium ground in his second Test double-ton which came in almost nine hours off 415 balls with 25 fours and three sixes.

South Africa's bowlers, who had bowled a fine line on the first day could not keep up the good work and were left frustrated as Jayawardene and Vaas accumulated runs with ease without taking undue risks.

Jayawardene got past the 200-run mark with a straight six off left-arm spinner Nicky Boje to move to 205 from 199 and also bettered the previous best of 201 on this venue by captain Marvan Atapattu.

Jayawardene thus kept up his fine record on this ground, where he has hit two big centuries and aggregates over 1100 runs. He had struck identical scores of 167 against South Africa in 2000 and against New Zealand in 1998.

The vice-captain added 170 runs for the record eighth wicket stand with Vaas, improving on Sri Lanka's previous best of 146 by Thilan Samaraweera and Upul Chandan against Zimbabwe here two years ago.

He was finally out lbw to seamer Marnantau Hayward just five runs adrift of his highest of 242 scored against India at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo in 1998 to 1999.

Jayawardene kept his cool this morning as he had the pleasure of seeing a confident Vaas at the other end as the left-hander offered a straight bat but was also quick to punish anything loose.

Vaas played both spin and pace with ease to strike 10 boundaries in his eighth half-century, which included two consecutive fours each off seamer Shaun Pollock and left-arm spinner Nicky Boje in the first session

He was out to a fine catch by Marnantau Hayward at mid-off just four short of his best of 73 not out

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