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SL eye healthy lead after Jayawardene ton

Mahela Jayawardene hits unbeaten 106 as Sri Lanka end day two of the second Test with a 153-run lead over Pakistan.

Last updated: 09 Jan 2014 14:34
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Jayawardene's batting was under the radar due to his poor form leading into the second Test [AFP]

Mahela Jayawardene, batting with three stitches in his left hand, ignored the pain to complete his 32nd Test hundred and put Sri Lanka firmly in the driving seat in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The 36-year-old scored an unbeaten 106 and added 91 for the unbroken fifth wicket with captain Angelo Mathews (42*) to take Sri Lanka to 318 for four at stumps on the second day, a first-innings lead of 153 runs.

The stylish right-handed batsman, who was injured while fielding at slip on the opening day, punched the air in delight after reaching the century mark with a delicate late cut boundary off fast-bowler Bilawal Bhatti.

Second day scorecard

Pakistan first innings 165
Sri Lanka first innings

D Karunaratne lbw b Junaid 32
K Silva lbw b Hafeez 95
K Sangakkara lbw b Ali 26
D Chandimal c Ali b Junaid 12
M Jayawardene not out 106
A Mathews not out 42

Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 1, nb 1) 5 
Total: (4 wickets; 106 overs) 318

Fall of wickets 1-40, 2-75, 3-88, 4-227

Jayawardene had last scored a Test ton in April 2012 against England at home and had been dismissed cheaply by Bhatti in both innings of the drawn opening Test in Abu Dhabi.

He also added 139 with opener Kaushal Silva (95), who fell short of his maiden Test hundred, for the fourth wicket after Pakistan had pegged back Sri Lanka with two early strikes in the morning.

The Pakistan bowlers toiled hard but failed to dislodge the pair as Sri Lanka remained unscathed in the afternoon session.

Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez finally broke the partnership when he dismissed Silva leg before after the batsman failed to connect with a sweep shot.

The diminutive right-hander trudged back to the dressing room after an unsuccessful attempt to review the umpire's decision.

Jayawardene, on 26, successfully overturned an lbw decision off paceman Rahat Ali on review while wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed dropped an edge from Mathews later off the same bowler to add to Pakistan's frustration.

Rahat had struck early to send back Kumar Sangakkara (26) leg before while his fast bowling colleague Junaid Khan dismissed Dinesh Chandimal (12), batting at number four due to Jayawardene's injury, to reduce Sri Lanka to 88 for three.

Yet frontline spinner Saeed Ajmal's failure to trouble the batsmen and a docile pitch ensured Sri Lanka took a healthy first-innings lead.

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