Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Thilakaratne takes match further away from India

Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: The Sri Lankan run feast continued unabated as Hasan Thilakaratne (112 not out) became the third batsman to score a century in the first innings of the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Friday. The Sri Lankans had amassed 533 for six at tea and didnt show any signs of relenting. Thilan Samaraweera (50 not out) scored his first Test half century.It will now only need a miracle for India to save the Test let alone win a series abroad. The Sri Lankans did what the Indian batsmen failed to do build partnerships for every wicket. While the Indian wickets fell in a heap, the Sri Lankans consolidated after every fall of wicket.By lunch itself, the Indians had worn a jagged expression as the only success came in the form of Mahela Jayawardenes wicket. Mahela Jayawardene duly completed his century and continued to torment the Indians further. With Hasan Thilakaratne chipping usefully from the other end, the Indians were forced to seek divine intervention for a break through and it came through umpire David Orchards.When Jayawardene left for an individual score of 139, The Sri Lankans had taken a near 200-run lead at 416. Jayawardene was struck on the pads full stretch forward, but umpire Orchards had no hesitation in upholding the lbw appeal. It turned out to be another day of hard grind for the Indian fielders. Jayawardene continued to thrive on the insipid Indian bowling to build a useful partnership for the sixth wicket. Confidence personified, Jayawardene handled both the Indian spinners and medium pacers with aplomb. He played some superb drives off the front foot.

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