Mahela Jayawardena

Notable Performances

Mahela Slams Double Ton, Asian Test Championship, 1999

Scoring at a fast clip from the beginning, Jayawardene went hammer and tongs at the Indian medium pacers. Batting easily on a placid Colombo wicket, Mahela drove through the line easily, picking up the length very quickly. He cut and pull the medium pacers so fluently that one was reminded of the Aravinda de Silva. Mahela reached his fifty in quick time, including ten fours and a huge pull for six of Harbhajan Singh! Even Srinath was punished severely every time he dropped the ball short or gave Mahela some width.

Beginning the day on 59, Jayawardene rode his luck to compile runs in a sensible manner. He reached the nervous nineties and everyone waited with bated breath to see how he would approach his batting now. Having reached the nineties in cavalier style, Mahela just kept going, bringing up his hundred with a six over long on!

Mahela Jayawardene kept going and helped Sri Lanka pile up the runs. Making his maiden test double hundred in only his sixth test match, Mahela is shaping up to be a very bright prospect for Sri Lankan cricket! He stroked his way to a masterful 242 as the test petered out into a tame draw. Mahela Jayawardene provided some solid entertainment in what was otherwise a dull test match. He was named man of the match for his efforts.



2nd Test: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), 24-28 Feb 1999

At the end of the second day, India have four points for batting and Sri Lanka three for bowling. Jayewardene, the young batting star playing on his home ground where he compiled a career best 217 not out in the domestic tournament match a fortnight back, showed the form and class that brought him a maiden one-day century against England in the recently concluded Carlton and United world series match at Adelaide...[ Daily News Match Report ]


Date-stamped : 30 Dec1999 - 13:43