Mahela's double ton puts SL in driver's seat

Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 18:54 [IST]
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Mahela's double ton puts Lanka on top

Ahmedabad: Sri Lanka steadily consolidated their show of strength, moving to 591/5 at stumps on the third day of the first Test of the 3-Test series in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Jayawardene was unbeaten on 204 as the tourists closed the third day at 591-5 in their first innings, a lead of 165 runs over India's 426 with five wickets in hand at the Motera stadium.

Wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene joined the run-riot with an unbeaten knock of 84, helping his senior partner compile a record 216-run partnership.

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After Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 112 yesterday, Mahela Jayawardene became Sri Lanka"s second centurion of the match as the visitors dwarfed India"s first innings score of 426 runs with comfortable ease.

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His double-century brought him at par with his present captain Kumar Sangakkara, former team-mate Marvan Atapattu and Miandad, who all have six scores of 200 or more.

India, however, failed to gain another wicket in the last two sessions as the two unrelated Jayawardenes overcame defensive tactics by the hosts to pile up the runs.


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