Mahela Jayawardene under no extra pressure after 1st Test flop

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene dismissed talk on Monday of being pressurized to perform after he failed twice with the bat in the drawn initial Test in Abu Dhabi. The 36-year-old scored 5 in Sri Lanka’s first innings and was then out for a first-ball duck, dismissed both occasions by debutant Pakistan paceman Bilawal Bhatti.

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka, who averted defeat along with captain Angelo Mathews hit a career-best 157 not out in the 2nd innings, will look to Jayawardene to score in the 2nd Test starting in Dubai from Wednsday. But Jayawardene said he didn’t feel under any extra pressure.

Mahela Jayawardene acclaimed his team’s fight back to save the Test after conceding a 179-run lead in the 1st innings. With 10,811 runs in 139 Tests, Jayawardene said he didn’t have any long term plans.

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