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Jayawardene, Arnold make England sweat


KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 7 (AFP) - Mahela Jayawardene and Russel Arnold rescued Sri Lanka with a century fourth wicket partnership on the first day of the second cricket Test against England here Wednesday.

The pair batted throughout the afternoon session to take Sri Lanka to a healthy 216 for four wickets at tea.

Jayawardene was unbeaten on 96 and Arnold on 41 not out.

Their partnership was worth 136 runs after Sri Lanka had slumped to 80 for four in the morning session.

Jayawardene feasted himself on the England bowling to smash 12 fours and one six in a superb display of batting that has left him just four runs short of completing his fifth century in Test cricket.

Jayawardene reached his 50 off 78 balls with a top edged four off pace bowler Darren Gough and at tea had batted for 163 minutes and faced 150 balls.

Left-hander Arnold, batting with an injured hand after splitting the webbing between his ring and small fingers at practice, showed no discomfort during his 145 minutes stay.

After a slow beginning when he took 35 minutes to get off the mark, Arnold went on to pull and drive his way to six fours.

The pair added 123 runs off 31 overs in the afternoon session as England were made to work hard after picking up four Sri Lankan batsmen in the session before lunch.







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