Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorJuly 24, 2014

Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene celebrates his century during the first day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan)
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Mahela Jayawardene scored his 34th Test century as Sri Lanka made a strong start to the second Test against South Africa in Colombo.

The hosts, who won the toss and elected to bat, finished day one on 305-5 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground with Jayawardene finishing unbeaten on 140.

He hit 16 boundaries and a six in his 225-ball innings as SL look to draw the series with a victory in the final match.

Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 305 for 5 (86 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Tharanga c de Kock b Steyn 11 28 16
K Silva c de Villiers b Duminy 44 116 73
Sangakkara c Tahir b Steyn 0 1
M Jayawardene not out 140 359 225
Mathews c de Kock b Duminy 63 164 135
Vithanage c de Villiers b M Morkel 13 60 38
Dickwella not out 12 42 30
Extras 2nb 0w 10b 10lb 22
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Steyn 15.0 2 55 2
Philander 16.0 5 33 0
M Morkel 16.0 2 42 1
Tahir 24.0 3 92 0
Duminy 14.0 1 58 2
Elgar 1.0 0 5 0

Dale Steyn made a double breakthrough in the fifth over of the morning, removing Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara.

Opener Tharanga fended a catch to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, and then Sangakkara pulled straight to Imran Tahir at square leg to depart for a first ball duck.

Jayawardene raced to his half-century off 58 balls, but SL went to lunch on 115-3 after Kaushal Silva edged JP Duminy to slip after making 44.

Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews put on 96 runs without loss in the afternoon session with the former bringing up his 11th Test hundred at his home venue just before tea.

A 131-run fourth wicket partnership ended when Mathews was caught behind off Duminy after making 63 and Kithuruwan Vithanage fell late in the day for 13 as he could only fend a short Morne Morkel delivery to AB de Villiers in the slip cordon.

South Africa won the opening Test by 153 runs in Galle and will return to the top of the ICC Test rankings if they avoid defeat.