Sri Lanka post 730 after Mahela's 203*

Mahela Jayawardene hit 203 and Kithuruwan Vithanage smashed 103 as Sri Lanka declare at 730-6 against Bangladesh.

    Mahela Jayawardene brought up his 200 with a six before Sri Lanka declared their innings [AFP]
    Mahela Jayawardene brought up his 200 with a six before Sri Lanka declared their innings [AFP]
    Third day scorecard

    Bangladesh first innings 232
    Sri Lanka first innings

    D Karunaratne c Robiul b Shakib 53
    K Silva lbw b Shakib 139
    K Sangakkara c Nasir b Al-Amin 75
    M Jayawardene not out 203
    D Chandimal b Shakib 40
    S Lakmal c Nasir b Gazi 0
    A Mathews c Ayub b Gazi 86
    D Vithanage not out 103

    Extras: (b 12, w 12, nb 7) 31 
    Total: (6 wickets dec; 187.5 overs) 730
    Fall of wickets: 1-118, 2-273, 3-302, 4-374, 5-375, 6-554

    Bangladesh 2nd innings
    T Iqbal c Perera b Herath 11
    S Rahman not out 9
    M Ayub not out 11

    Extras: (b 4) 4 
    Total: (1 wicket; 9 overs) 35
    Fall of wickets: 1-15

    Mahela Jayawardene hit a double-century and Kithuruwan Vithanage smashed a maiden century to help Sri Lanka declare their first innings at 730-6 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh.

    This was the highest score by any team against Bangladesh. In the second innings, Bangladesh was reduced to 34-1 at stumps, still trailing by 463 runs.

    Jayawardene scored an unbeaten on 203 while Vithanage made 103 not out to help Sri Lanka take a gigantic 498-run lead over the hosts.

    They shared 176 runs at quick pace to give the side enough time to bowl Bangladesh out in the second innings and press for an innings victory.

    Jayawardene led Sri Lanka's run spree on the third day having shared two century partnerships with Mathews and Vithanage. He reached 179 with Mathews and an unbroken 176 with Vithanage to take the match away from Bangladesh's grip.

    Vithanage played in one-day style and completed his maiden century in 99 balls. He hit 12 fours and two sixes.

    Jayawardene was particularly harsh on the pacers who also helped him bowling too short frequently. The former skipper earned his century with consecutive fours against Robiul Islam. He reached his double-century with six off Nasir and subsequently captain Mathews declared the innings.

    Jayawardene smashed 16 fours and four sixes in his fifth century against Bangladesh in just 12 matches.

    Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowler taking 3-159 while Sohag Gazi claimed 2-130.

     

    SOURCE: AP


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