Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas put Sri Lanka in control of 1st test
Sun March 23, 2008 17:41 EDT .
CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Captain Mahela Jayawardene hit his 22nd century and Chaminda Vaas added 54 and a wicket as Sri Lanka - took control against West Indies on day two of the first cricket test on Sunday. Jayawardene and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene ensured the first session belonged to the visitors in a stand of 54 which took Sri Lanka - to lunch on 330-5.
West Indies took the second new ball immediately after the interval and was rewarded when Daren Powell uprooted Prasanna Jayawardene's off stump. The plucky gloveman hit two fours in 21 off 83 balls.
But the Sri Lanka - captain and veteran Vaas forged a magnificent seventh-wicket partnership of 126 that dulled the West Indian edge.
Vaas should have been dismissed when just four but Devon Smith floored a low catch at third slip off Taylor.
Jayawardene was chanceless and stroked the ball beautifully off the front foot, especially through the legside and straight down the ground.
He brought up his century, off 190 deliveries and in five hours, 45 minutes before tea, which his team took at 418-6.
The Sri Lankans upped the tempo after the interval and Jayawardene was dropped on 126 by Dwayne Bravo off Gayle's offspin. He eventually fell to Gayle at 457-7, the victim of an unfortunate decision from umpire Billy Bowden.
The silky right-hander missed a reverse sweep and was adjudged leg before although the ball cannoned into the glove.
Gayle also picked up Thilan Thushara for a duck before the declaration came.
Taylor took four for 110 while Gayle earned two for 66.
Gayle was not as successful with the bat as Vaas dismissed him for the seventh time in six tests, the fifth time without scoring.
Gayle was plumb lbw as he played a tentative defensive stroke.
Vaas almost removed Smith shortly afterward but a fended stroke fell just short of third slip.
But the left-hander and vice captain Sarwan grew in confidence as they survived to the close.
Published: Sun Mar 23 21:42:26 EDT 2008