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Mahela dazzles

Dubai: Mahela Jayawardene, batting with three stitches in his left hand, completed his 32nd Test hundred and put Sri Lanka firmly in the driving seat in the second Test against Pakistan on Thursday.

The 36-year-old (106 batting) added 91 for the unbroken fifth wicket with captain Angelo Mathews (42 batting) to take Sri Lanka to 318 for four at the close on the second day, a first-innings lead of 153 runs.

The stylish right-handed batsman, who was injured while fielding at slip on the opening day, punched the air in delight after reaching the century mark with a delicate late cut boundary off fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti.

The Pakistan bowlers toiled hard but failed to dislodge the pair as Sri Lanka remained unscathed in the afternoon session.