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Cricket: Sri Lankans' century feast; FIRST TEST MATCH.

Sri Lanka had four batsmen scoring centuries as they built up a commanding 485-run lead over Bangladesh by the close of the second day's play in the first Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo yesterday.

The hosts declared on 577 for six after centuries were scored by Michael Vandort, Mahela Jaya-wardene, Chaminda Vaas and Prasanna Jaya-wardene, the latter two achieving their maiden three-figure score in Tests. Bangladesh openers Javed Omar and ShahriarNafees survived three nervous overs at the end of the day, adding three runs.

Vaas improved on his previous Test best of 75 not out and reached his century off 169 balls, including seven fours, before the declaration. He offered no chances and brought up his century with a back-foot cut through cover point for two runs off off-spinner Mohammad Rafique.

Prasanna Jayawardene, who scored 120 not out, reached his century off 154 balls. He and Vaas had an unbroken stand of 223 for the seventh wicket, a record for that wicket by Sri Lanka in Tests.

In the morning session, Vandort and Tillaka-ratne Dilshan resumed positively, the former reaching his century in the second over with two straight sixes off consecutive balls off Abdur Razzak. It was his third Test century and second against Bangladesh, his other one being against England at Edgbaston last year.

Dilshan, not to be outdone, soon reached his half-century, off only 65 balls.

But Vandort was out shortly afterwards, caught easily at short leg by Nafees off Rafique for 117.

A mix-up in the 73rd over resulted in Dilshan being run out after Mashrafe Mortaza, mis-fielding near the cover point boundary, threw to the bowler's end as Dilshan wanted a second run that his captain, Mahela Jayawardene, did not. Rafique took off the bails before Dilshan, having scored 79, had made his ground.

Jayawardene was out in the second over after lunch, for 127, after driving a widish delivery by seamer Mortaza to Razzak at point. Thereafter, Prasanna Jayawardene and Vaas showed no mercy to the Bangladeshi attack.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 27, 2007
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