Sydney, Jan 30: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has become the sixth-highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket with his unbeaten double-century on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Jayawardene’s 203 and Kithuruwan Vithanage’s maiden century (103) helped Sri Lanka declare their first innings at 6-730 on the third day, which was the highest score by any team against Bangladesh.
According to News.com.au, Jayawardene has gone ahead of Allan Border (11,174 runs) and West Indies star Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,219) to move behind record-holder Sachin Tendulkar, Australia’s Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara on the all-time list.
The report mentioned that the former captain, who has 11,236 runs in 142 matches, equalled teammate Kumar Sangakkara’s Sri Lankan record of 33 Test centuries, and his and Vithanage’s heroics gave Sri Lanka a gigantic 498-run first-innings lead over the hosts.
In the second innings, Bangladesh was reduced to 1-34 at stumps and still trail by 463 runs, the report added. (ANI)