15 Aug 2014

No joy for Jayawardene in last Test

7:21 am on 15 August 2014

The Sri Lankan cricketers are 261 for 8 after the first day of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

Mahela Jayawardene made just 4 in his 149th and last Test.

The Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene batting against England.

The Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene batting against England. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan took three of the four wickets to fall in the session and ended the day with figures of four for 69.

Opener Upul Tharanga scored 92 off 179 balls including 12 fours.

Sri Lanka, who won the toss, won the first test by seven wickets.

The farewell of one Sri Lanka's best batsman couldn't have been planned any better.... except, the Pakistan bowlers had their own agenda.

Jayawardene arrived at the crease for the 251st time, to a guard of honour by the Pakistan team 25 minutes before tea.

He was 137 short of 3000 runs at the venue but could only shave off four runs in a nervous stay that ended in the first over after tea.

In the 16 deliveries that he faced, he was dropped once by the wicketkeeper off Junaid Khan before he was trapped by a sharp offspinner from Saeed Ajmal.

He chose not to review, and rightly so.

Jayawardene has scored 11756 Test runs at an average of 50.02.