Mahela century puts hosts in control

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Sri Lanka reached stumps on day one of the second Test against South Africa on 305 for five in Colombo, with Mahela Jayawardene driving the knock with an unbeaten 140, his 11th at the ground.

Sri Lanka reached stumps on day one of the second Test against South Africa on 305 for five in Colombo, with Mahela Jayawardene driving the knock with an unbeaten 140, his 11th at the ground.

The hosts lost three early wickets before lunch, but then recovered thanks to a century stand between Mahela and skipper Angelo Mathews, who added yet another half ton to his impressive record this year.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first, but were soon two down when Dale Steyn removed Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara with successive deliveries in the fifth over, though he was unable to capitalise on a hat-trick.

Kaushal Silva and Jayawardene then steadied the knock somewhat, putting on 99 runs together before lunch, at nearly five to the over. Jayawardene took a particular shine to Imran Tahir, who had been hit for 59 runs by tea.

Kaushal was out for 44 in the 26th over, caught by AB de Villiers off JP Duminy, and the sides then went in for lunch. The afternoon saw 97 more runs added, without a wicket lost, as Mathews made 48 to go with Mahela's 101.

The century was the batsman's 11th at the Sinhalese Sports Club, making him the highest century-maker at one particular ground. He continued his assault in the evening, though at a more sedate pace, reaching 140 at the close.

The Proteas took two wickets in the final session. Mathews recorded his half century soon after tea, and made his way to 63 before being dismissed by Duminy. He got a small outside edge and was caught by keeper Quinton de Kock.

Kithruwan Vithanage then added 13 to the score, off 38 balls, surviving an out decision. He reviewed it though, and the third umpire deemed that the ball had not bounced off his gloves, and overturned Nigel Llong's decision.

He was eventually dismissed by Morne Morkel though, caught by De Villiers. This left Niroshan Dickwella, in the side for Dinesh Chandimal. to see out the day alongside Mahela, and he made 12 by the close.

<b>Sri Lanka:</b> Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis.

<b>South Africa:</b> Dean Elgar, Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

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