Jayawardene savours new record
Sri Lanka captain
Mahela Jayawardene was in jubilant mood after eclipsing the world Test
partnership record with his pal Kumar Sangakkara in Colombo.
"It was a fantastic
feeling," he said of the phenomenal third-wicket stand of 624 against South
Africa, spanning five sessions, 663 minutes and 950 balls.
"Kumar and I are very
good friends on and off the field and I am privileged to be involved in this
"It's a great feeling to do things that no-one has done."
Crowds grew steadily
as news of the impending record spread around the Colombo region, and when
it arrived courtesy of four leg-byes it was greeted by firecrackers.
Sanath Jayasuriya's 340 to record the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman.
He fell short of Brian
Lara's world record 400, posting the fourth-highest individual Test score of
Sri Lanka coach Tom
Moody, however, believes his captain will have another realistic chance of
eclipsing Lara's landmark and said: "These guys have a lot of cricket left
in them, they may have another day."
that there was no talk of records when the pair resumed on Saturday at
"When we went out to
bat today the focus was on pressing home the advantage and not records," he
"We thought we will
bat until lunch and then decide. We never had any individual targets but we
are happy with what we have achieved. However, the important thing is the
Sangakkara admitted to
twinges of regret that he was dimissed 13 short of a triple century.
"I cannot in anyway be
disappointed," he said. "How can you be after you have scored 287? But
having said that, I must admit I was looking to get to 300.
"As for the record, I
can recall following it as a schoolboy when the two greats of that time
Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama established it. It is a good feeling
to be able to pass that record.
"I must add that it
was a great privilege to bat alongside Mahela Jayawardene, who was always
marked down for greatness.
"But let's not forget
that records are there to be broken and our record will be broken some day."