Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mahela Leads Fightback with 12th Ton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mahela Leads Fightback with 12th Ton

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Mahela Jayawardene recorded his 12th Test century to lead Sri Lanka's fightback on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa in Galle.

Sri Lanka were in early trouble after Shaun Pollock dismissed both openers, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu, to put the home side on 22 for two in the ninth over.

But Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene steadied the ship with a third-wicket stand worth 86 as Sri Lanka recovered to close the day on 279 for seven.

Sangakkara contributed a quickfire 58 before falling to Nicky Boje but Jayawardene is still there on 116 not out.

Pollock was the pick of the South African attack with a miserly spell that saw him take four wickets for just 24 runs off 15 overs.

Sri Lanka skipper Atapattu opted to bat first, having won the toss but South Africa made quick inroads.

Jayasuriya had been fortunate to survive a caught-behind shout when he tried to flick a Pollock delivery over square leg, only to find Lance Klusener's hands. …

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