Jayawardene~~s 195 puts Lanka in command

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene fell five runs shy of a double century but was able to steer Lanka to a solid 439/7 at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test against England here at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka, who resumed on 379/4, lost three wickets during the morning session as they extended their first innings lead to 88 runs.

Wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene was unbeaten on18 and Lasith Malinga on nought at the break.

Mahela Jaywardene's Herculean 422-ball innings was finally ended on 195 as he top-edged a sweep off Panesar and was caught at slip by Paul Collingwood.

The Lankan captain struck 16 boundaries and a six off Panesar over long-on.

Comeback paceman Steve Harmison struck early in the morning when Jehan Mubarak (9) fended off a short delivery to Ian Bell at gully.

Stuart Broad also claimed his first Test wicket as Chaminda Vaas gloved an attempted pull and was caught at slip.

Ryan Sidebottom is the most successful of England's bowlers so far with three for 81 off 31 overs.

Sri Lanka won the first Test in Kandy by 88 runs.

Brief Scores (at lunch, D-4):

England Ist innings 351 Vs Sri Lanka 439/7 (Jayawardene 195, Vandort 138, Chamara Silva 49; Sidebottom 3 for 81, Harmison 2 for 85)


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