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Mahela Jayawardene

Notable Performances

Mahela made his test debut in the historic test match between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo in August 1997. It was in this match that only the first innings was completed over 5 days and nearly 1500 runs were scored! Jayasuriya scored 340 runs and Sri Lanka piled up a mindblowing 952 runs. Mahela for his part scored 66 runs on debut.

Kiwis Left Stranded by Mahela

In May-June 1998, Jayawardene totally dominated the visiting New Zealanders, aggregated 418 runs at an average of 69.66. The second test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in particular was a crucial one. Having lost the first match of the 3 match series, Sri Lanka was desperate for a win to level the series. Mahela Jayawardene responded to the call in style...[ more ]

Adventures at the Adelaide Oval

The Carlton & United Series match between England and Sri Lanka played at Adelaide will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The match was filled with controversy, following the calling of Muralitharan for throwing. The match became acrimonious with Ranatunga exchanging some sharp words with both Alec Stewart and the umpire. But controversy apart, the cricket was nothing short of spectacular! And Mahela played a crucial role...[ more ]

Mahela Slams Double Ton, Asian Test Championship

Mahela Jayawardene's finest hour came during the test match between Sri Lanka and India at Colombo in the Asian Test Championship. India batted first and notched up a healthy 351 on the first day. The format of the tournament demanded that teams batting score sufficient runs in the first 100 overs in order to secure much needed batting points. Therefore it was crucial that Sri Lanka score fast. And Mahela Jayawardene made sure that happened...[ more ]

Jayawardene Denies Pakistanis

The Pepsi series in Apr-Mar 1999 in India saw India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka clash in what looked like a tough one day tournament. When Pakistan took on Sri Lanka in Vishakapatnam, they badly needed a win to stay in the series. With ace bowler Chaminda Vaas injured, they looked to their batsmen to conjure up a win. Jayawardene's 108 was the centre-piece of that batting effort...[ more ]