Tuesday 11 December 2007 

Jayawardene And Vandort Help Sri Lanka Gain Lead

England 351 (Vaughan 87, Cook 81, Prior 79) v
Sri Lanka 379-4 (M Jayawardene 167no, Vandort 138)

Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0

Michael Vandort and Mahela Jayawardene shared a 227-run partnership, both making centuries as Sri Lanka moved ahead of England on the third day of the second Test in Colombo.

England made two breakthroughs in the day, Ryan Sidebottom picking up his third wicket by trapping Vandort in front for 138 and Steve Harmison his first with Chamara Silva out for 49 shortly before stumps.

Jayawardene batted throughout the day and never looked like getting out, finishing unbeaten on 167 as his side closed on 379 for four, 28 runs ahead of England.

The Sri Lankan captain brought up his 150 with a huge six off of Monty Panesar, who had been reduced to bowling outside leg stump to try and stem the flow of runs.

A cover driven four brought up the century partnership with Silva before a cut shot saw Sri Lanka move into the lead. The partnership was broken when Silva fended a rising delivery from Harmison to Ravi Bopara in the gully but it was comprehensively Sri Lanka's, and Jayawardene's day.

Jayawardene passed 7,000 Test runs, became the leading run scorer for both Sri Lanka and has now scored more runs on one ground (the SSC in Colombo) than any other batsman.

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