Wednesday 12 December 2007 

Jayawardene Hits 195 As Sri Lanka Build Huge Lead

England 351 (Vaughan 87, Cook 81, Muralitharan 5-116) & 48-0 v
Sri Lanka 548-9 declared (M Jayawardene 195, Vandort 138)

Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene fell five runs short of a double century as Sri Lanka built a lead of 197 before declaring on day four of the second Test against England in Colombo.

England, in the shape of Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook, had reduced that lead to 149 as they made it to 48 without loss by stumps.

England struck early in the day with Steve Harmison having Jehan Mubarak (nine) caught by Ian Bell before Jayawardene was dismissed, caught by Paul Collingwood off of Monty Panesar.

He handed the baton to his namesake Prasanna, who scored an unbeaten half-century, and, despite Stuart Broad picking up his first Test wicket, that of Chaminda Vaas (four) and Panesar picking up Lasith Malinga for ten, England were further frustrated by a defiant partnership of 98 between Jayawardene and Dilhara Fernando (36 not out).

The fall of Jayawardene, Harmison's third wicket of the innings, for 79 prompted the declaration at 548 for nine.

Vaughan and Cook then made their way comfortably to 48 without loss when bad light brought the players from the field of play. Vaughan had made 28 and Cook 19.

Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0.

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