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Silky Jayawardene ton puts Sri Lanka on top in second Test against S Africa

Reuters, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

South Africa’s J.P. Duminy, back, yesterday celebrates Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews’ dismissal with his teammates on day one of their second Test in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Photo: AFP

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene yesterday hit a classy unbeaten century to help his side close on 305 for five on the first day of their second Test against South Africa.

In a chanceless six hours at the crease at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jayawardene finished on 140 not out made off 225 balls including one six and 16 fours to give the home side a solid start in their bid to level the two-match series.

It was Jayawardene’s 34th Test hundred and his 11th at the Colombo ground.

Debutant Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 12 at the close.

South Africa picked up two wickets in the final session, dismissing Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for 63 and Kithuruwan Vithanage for 13.

Attempting to cut J.P. Duminy, Mathews gave wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock a catch to end a fourth-wicket partnership of 131 with Jayawardene.

Vithanage did not once look comfortable against short-pitched deliveries and was hit on his visor by Dale Steyn.

He eventually fell to a sharp rearing delivery from Morne Morkel, which he fended to South Africa’s A.B. de Villiers at third slip.

Jayawardene joined Indian Sunil Gavaskar and West Indian Brian Lara on 34 Test centuries, reaching the milestone in the final over before tea when he swept a Dean Elgar full toss for two.

The South African bowlers toiled on an unresponsive batting pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club as Sri Lanka added 97 runs in the afternoon session.

Steyn, man-of-the-match in South Africa’s 153-run victory in the first Test at Galle, also in Sri Lanka, rocked the hosts in the morning, sending back Upul Tharanga for 11 and Kumar Sangakkara for a golden duck with short-pitched deliveries.

Tharanga gloved a catch to De Kock as he failed to avoid from a rising ball and Sangakkara fluffed a pull and top-edged a simple catch to Imran Tahir at square-leg.

South Africa captured the wicket of Kaushal Silva (44) in the last over before lunch when the batsman edged a Duminy delivery to De Villiers at slip.

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