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Perfect farewell for Jayawardena

Sri Lanka notches up 105-run win over Pakistan in the second Test to sweep the series 2-0

Perfect farewell for Jayawardena - Cricket News
Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath celebrates a five-wicket haul against Pakistan.
Mahela Jayawardena's 17-year Test career came to an end on a winning note on Monday (August 18) as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the final Test of the two-match series by 105 runs to take the series 2-0.

Pakistan, having resumed its second innings on the final day at 127 for 7 chasing 271, was bowled out for 165 before lunch after No 11 Junaid Khan was unable to bat due to injury. Rangana Herath, who claimed nine wickets in the first innings, was again the chief destroyer, picking up 5 for 57 in the second innings and thus was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series.

Jayawardena, 37, who had retired from Twenty20 Internationals after Sri Lanka's title-winning campaign at the World Twenty20 in April, will now play only One-Day Internationals till the end of next year's World Cup.

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was among the 4000-odd home fans that turned up at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club to bid goodbye to one of modern cricket's great batsmen. Jayawardena is one of only five batsmen to score more than 11,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket, the others being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara. He finished with 11,814 runs in 149 Tests with 34 centuries, but his average dropped from 50.02 to 49.84 after making 4 and 54 in his final Test.
His teammates lifted him on their shoulders as the entire squad did a victory lap of the ground. 
Jayawardena was also a shrewd captain, leading Sri Lanka in 38 Tests in two phases, the first from 2006 to 2009 and then again for a year in 2012. Under his leadership, Sri Lanka won 18 Tests, lost 12 and drew eight. As captain, he averaged 59.11 with the bat with 14 centuries.

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