Thatscricket - News - Jayawardenes fine knock helps Sri Lanka reach 274/9

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Kandy: Mahela Jayawardene came good when his team needed it the most. The Sri Lankans cruising along in the early part of their innings were suddenly rocked with sudden bursts of wickets.

Jayawardene proved a sticky customer at the wicket as he scored 104 runs to help Sri Lanka reach 274 for nine at the end of the first days play of the second Test at the Agsiriya Stadium on Wednesday and later towards the death Vaas helped Sri Lankas cause a great deal by coming up with an unbeaten knock of 42.The Indians seemed to have lost their way initially as skipper Saurav Ganguly asked the Lankans to bat on winning the toss. An unexpected wicket Jayasuriya run out was the only early respite for the Indians. The bowlers failed to make early use of the wicket and the Sri Lankans appeared to be heading for a big total.Saurav Ganguly changed the complexion of the game when he had a well-set Sangakkara caught by Sadagopan Ramesh at gully. Zaheer Khan responded with another wicket when he had Marvan Atapattu inside edging on to the stumps.Continuing the late morning session good work, the Indian bowlers kept the Sri Lankans on a leash during the second session of play. The home side went to tea on 167 for five.Jayawardene held the Sri Lanka innings in the post lunch session in the face of some incisive bowling from Zaheer Khan and Saurav Ganguly. Zaheer Khan settled into a fine rhythm and bowled an excellent spell to keep the Sri Lankans at bay. Ganguly too bowled an inspired spell as the Indians tried to keep the Lankan innings within manageable limits. Sri Lanka lost the wickets of Russel Arnold and Hasan Tilakaratne during the period.Sri Lanka retained the same side that won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets, having decided to keep fast bowler Suresh Perera, who was reported last week for a suspect action.India brought in seamer Harvinder Singh for his third Test in place of Javagal Srinath, who returned home after suffering a fracture in his left hand at Galle.

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