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Sri Lanka 341-5 South Africa

Sri Lanka 341-5 South Africa

Sanath Jayasuriya hit a sparkling 148 off 156 balls to lead an assault on the South African bowlers on the first day of the first Test in Galle.

The Sri Lankan captain smashed 24 fours and a six as Sri Lanka ended the day strongly on 341 for 5. The left-handed opener narrowly missed scoring a century before lunch when he was unbeaten on 96. Only Australians Victor Trumper, Charlie McCartney and Don Bradman and Pakistan's Majid Khan had achieved the feat on the first day of a Test match.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, 36, announced his retirement from international cricket, four years after he leading them to the World Cup. He was the first player to take part in a country's first and 100th Test, against Pakistan in June.


Sri Lanka won toss

Sri Lanka: First Innings

M S Atapattu c Boje b Ntini 54 S T Jayasuriya c McKenzie b Adams 148 R P Arnold c Boucher b Adams 5 D P M Jayawardene not out 78 K Sangakkara lbw b Boje 23 A Ranatunga c Pollock b Adams 13 H D P Dharmasena not out 5 Extras (b5 lb8 nb2) 15

Total (5 wkts, 93 overs) 341

Fall: 1-111 2-193 3-216 4-297 5-318.

To Bat: UDU Chandana, WPUJC Vaas, M Muralitharan, DNT Zoysa.

Bowling: Pollock 19-4-53-0; Kallis 11-3-32-0; Ntini 14-1-45-1; Adams 24-2-122-3; Klusener 9-2-30-0; Boje 16-2-46-1.

Umpires: D J Harper and P T Manuel.