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Jayawardene completes second century at Lord's

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LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardene today completed his 14th test century and his second at Lord's with an innings of monumental patience on the fourth day of the first test against England.

Jayawardene, who was dropped by Andrew Strauss at third slip after scoring 58, reached his century through four overthrows from Sajid Mahmood after more than five hours at the crease.

At tea, which was taken 32 minutes early when bad light stopped play, Sri Lanka were 339 for five. They had begun the day on 183 for three still needing 176 to make England bat again.

Jayawardene added 130 from 246 balls for the fourth wicket with nightwatchman Farveez Maharoof who looked as if he planned to emulate Australia's Jason Gillespie by scoring a double hundred.

Maharoof, whose batting in this match has been distinctly more impressive than his efforts with the new ball, also benefitted from sloppy England fielding.

After taking adding 25 to his overnight score of five, Maharaoof was dropped by Paul Collingwood at third slip off Andrew Flintoff, leaping high to his right.

In the next over Matthew Hoggard caught the edge of Jaywardene's bat only for Strauss, also at third slip, to drop an altogether simpler chance. It was Strauss's second dropped catch of the innings.

The twin reprieves allowed Sri Lanka to bat through the morning session without losing a wicket, even though both batsmen were beaten regularly outside the off-stump. Pace bowler Liam Plunkett, who has yet to take a wicket in the match, was particularly unfortunate not to catch the edge.

Maharoof reached his second test half-century after lunch from 133 deliveries with five fours. He then slashed Mahmood through the off to the boundary then stood tall to play a fine drive off the back foot through the covers for another four.

Mahmood got his revenge when Maharoof, on 59, hit a delivery straight to Kevin Pietersen at cover who clutched the ball to his chest.

Twelve runs later Thilan Samaraweera, dismissed without scoring by Mahmood in the first innings, was caught behind by Geraint Jones off the same bowler for six. At that stage Mahmood had taken two for five off 13 balls.

Jaywardene was rewarded for 308 minutes of studious application when he ran a risky single after pushing a ball to Mahmood at mid-on. The run took him to 99 but Mahmood's throw missed the stumps and ran over the boundary for four to gift Jaywardene his century.

Shortly afterward the umpires decided it was too dark to continue and the players left the field.

REUTERS SY BD2048

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