Jayawardene ton digs Sri Lanka out of a hole

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene once again led from the front,hitting his second century in as many Tests to steer his side to 238 for six on the opening day of the second and final Test against England

Written by Reuters | Colombo | Published: April 4, 2012 1:15 am

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene once again led from the front,hitting his second century in as many Tests to steer his side to 238 for six on the opening day of the second and final Test against England on Tuesday.

The home team,1-0 up in the series,won the toss for the second straight Test but it was England who were most satisfied by the end of the day. Paceman James Anderson took three early wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 30 for three before Jayawardene came to the rescue,stroking 11 fours and one six in his 105.

It was the 34-year-old right-hander’s 31st Test hundred and his eighth against England,the most he has scored against any country. Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 41 at the close while Suraj Randiv was five not out.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 238 for 6 (M Jayawardene 105,T Samaraweera 54,A Mathews batting 41; J Anderson 3/52) vs England

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