Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day August 18, 2014

Herath scripts perfect farewell for Jayawardene

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Sri Lanka 320 (Tharanga 92, Junaid 5-87) and 282 (Sangakkara 59, Jayawardene 54, Wahab 3-76, Ajmal 3-89) beat Pakistan 332 (Sarfraz 103, Herath 9-127) and 165 (Sarfraz 55, Herath 5-57) by 105 runs
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It took Sri Lanka just under an hour on the fifth morning to wrap up the Pakistan innings and kick off the celebrations at the SSC. A 2-0 win in his final series in the presence of his family, fans and team-mates - current and former, a silken-shot laden final innings - Mahela Jayawardene could not have asked for a better farewell after a glittering 17-year-old career. The firecrackers were set alight the moment Wahab Riaz top-edged a sweep off Rangana Herath to become the bowler's 14th wicket in the match.

Emotions ran high as Jayawardene was carried around the ground by his team-mates on their shoulders, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa among the hordes of fans who had come over to say their goodbyes to the legend. The Pakistan team, led by their coach Waqar Younis, joined in congratulating the batsman.

The result of the match was not in doubt once Pakistan had lost seven wickets in the last session of the fourth day but heavy showers on the fifth morning had threatened a delayed start. The clouds parted just in time for the groundstaff to get the ground ready but it still took 40 minutes for Sri Lanka to break a stubborn stand between Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab.

Sarfraz, Pakistan's best batsman in the series with a half-century in each innings, swept Chanaka Welegedara's first ball in the 10th over of the day straight to deep square leg and, with Junaid Khan unavailable, it was a matter of time before Sri Lanka closed the game. Fittingly, it was Herath who picked the last wicket to complete yet another five-wicket haul and make it 23 wickets in the two Tests - a record for a two-match series. His 14-184 were also the second-best figures by a bowler against Pakistan.

From a Pakistan perspective, the margin of defeat in the series was not a true reflection of how close the matches were. Playing their first Test in seven months, the team fought hard both in Galle and Colombo, but suffered second-innings collapses. The series loss meant they also dropped from third to sixth position in the ICC Test rankings.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fguy on August 19, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    the definition of a home track bully? one who avg's <32 outside Asia in tests (exception of England where avg is a staggering 35.8) & <33 in odi's overall. by those standards raina & SRJ are on their way to Greatest Of All Time status

  • on August 19, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Priyankan,thirimanne,chandimal,kithruwan all are failures... I really appreciate the selection of upul to the team...he is far more patient and stay longer than kusal..

  • nickexplore on August 19, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    The injury loss of Junaid Khan, who took 5 wickets in the 1st innings, was the turning point of the match. He was by far the best quick bowler on show in the series. Had Junaid been able to bowl in the 2nd innings, the match would certainly have been much closer - Herath heroics notwithstanding. While Sarfraz Ahmed showed the Pakistan top 6 that the Herath magic can at least be negotiated.

    For SL, Upul Tharanga provides the winning edge. Why such a good player was left on the outer for so long is astonishing. Tharanga could bat anywhere in the line-up, which would allow Karunaratne to open with Silva.Thirimanne, Chandimal and Vithanage have failed to take their chances, while Priyanjan, Chathuranga, Mubarak and others await theirs.

  • yohandf on August 18, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Congratz SL .tough luck Pakistan . But SL should seriously think on their batting line for tests as middle order is very shaky .My plan for NZ tour - Tharanga,Kaushal & Sanga fine in top 3 . Mathews should bat at 4 to avoid being stranded with tail .No 5 is ???? No 6 should be a batsman who can bowl bit some spin ( Angelo Perera , Kithruwan , Chaturanga De Silva) . Then Dickwella . Herath ,Prasad , Eranga , Lakmal .

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Pak vs SL head to head stats: Pak openers 125 runs @ 15.625, SL openers 316 runs @ 39.5, Pak middle order (3,4,5) 372 runs @ 31, SL middle order 649 runs @ 72.111, Pak lower middle order (6,7) 398 runs @ 49.75, SL lower middle order 85 runs @ 14.167, Pak tail (8,9,10,11) 203 runs @ 18.455, SL tail 118 runs @ 13.111. This shows that the last 6 men of Pakistan have scored more than their SL counterparts (although in 2nd innings of 1st test SL middle order finished it off). Pak openers have been worse than their tail & Pak middle order was almost exactly half of SL's. Now lets compare bowling Pak overall: 32 wkts for 1234 @ 38.5625, SL overall: 39 wkts for 1128 runs @ 28.9231, Pak pacers: 17 wkts for 526 runs @ 30.9412, SL pacers: 7 wkts for 428 runs @ 61.1429, Pak spinners: 13 wkts for 634 runs @ 50.9231, SL spinners: 32 wkts for 672 runs @ 21, Pak extras conceded: 66 runs, SL extras conceded: 35 runs. So Pak was totally outclassed in both departments.

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    I think Pakistan HAVE TO make some changes now or else they will be humiliated against AUS & NZ too. Pakistan are blessed to be playing against teams who are doing good these days (SA, SL, NZ, AUS) but they need to learn when playing against these 4 in form teams. I think Pakistan need to drop Khurram & open with Shehzad & Azhar, Younis @ 3, Fawad @ 4, Misbah @ 5. They also need fifth bowling option (should be allrounder) who can bat at 6 or 7. When it comes to bowling then Junaid & Wahab can be the pacers & Zulfiqar can replace Rehman to partner with Ajmal. The allrounder can even be Hafeez cuz a no.7 with 30+ avg is not bad. Sarfraz has been good with bat but lets see how he does against a different attack. The team should be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Azhar Ali, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sarfraz Ahmed, 7.Mohammad Hafeez/Bilawal Bhatti, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Zulfiqar Babar, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan. Backups could be Umar Akmal, Raza Hassan, Sadaf Hussain, Haris Sohail

  • Sudhir65 on August 18, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Seems like Pakistani batsmen can not even bat on flat subcontinental pitches.

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    This loss was expected at the end of yesterday. Pakistan really need to do something about the players who don't deserve to be in the team. Khurram Manzoor needs to go cuz he did worse than all specialist batsmen except Thirimanne & Vithanage. Abdur Rehman is past his prime & Talha needs to seriously improve to make it back in the team. Pakistan need to learn how to play against spin overall not just left arm spin. This is because Pakistan have failed against many spinners (even mediocre ones) in all formats like (off the top of my head) Herath, Badree, Narine, Mishra, Tahir etc. Of these bowlers Herath is the best so he dominated us more than the other guys but Tahir is a very mediocre bowler who still did very well against us. Pakistan need to do learn how to play spin quickly or else Lyon, Sodhi & Craig will soon be added to that list. Obviously Pakistan also need to learn how to play against pace but they are supposed to be good against spin cuz they're a subcontinent team.

  • AB_DeVilliers on August 18, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @SajithaD - Fair enough, but cricket is a results driven game. You mentioned that he took an ordinary team, and made it a champion team. What did he win with this champion team? If you compare that with a Graeme Smith who also inherited an ordinary team after the 2002 world cup. He lifted that team, made them competitive, and retired having won test series in most countries around the world, having not lost away for some 8 years, achieved number 1 test ranking, etc. and this excludes his significant contribution with the bat. I'm not saying that Mahela was not good, just saying that based on the results he achieved, his not great or legendary in my humble opinion (does not have to be shared by anyone).

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    With Mahela out of tests, this is the playing XI for the NZ tests. Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Sanga, Angelo Mathews, Vithanage, Dickwella, Angelo Perera, Eranga, Herath, Prasad and Lakmal.

    Upul Tharanga must play ODIs against Pakistan. Kaushal Silva has given us starts, but must get more fifties and tons.

  • fguy on August 19, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    the definition of a home track bully? one who avg's <32 outside Asia in tests (exception of England where avg is a staggering 35.8) & <33 in odi's overall. by those standards raina & SRJ are on their way to Greatest Of All Time status

  • on August 19, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Priyankan,thirimanne,chandimal,kithruwan all are failures... I really appreciate the selection of upul to the team...he is far more patient and stay longer than kusal..

  • nickexplore on August 19, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    The injury loss of Junaid Khan, who took 5 wickets in the 1st innings, was the turning point of the match. He was by far the best quick bowler on show in the series. Had Junaid been able to bowl in the 2nd innings, the match would certainly have been much closer - Herath heroics notwithstanding. While Sarfraz Ahmed showed the Pakistan top 6 that the Herath magic can at least be negotiated.

    For SL, Upul Tharanga provides the winning edge. Why such a good player was left on the outer for so long is astonishing. Tharanga could bat anywhere in the line-up, which would allow Karunaratne to open with Silva.Thirimanne, Chandimal and Vithanage have failed to take their chances, while Priyanjan, Chathuranga, Mubarak and others await theirs.

  • yohandf on August 18, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Congratz SL .tough luck Pakistan . But SL should seriously think on their batting line for tests as middle order is very shaky .My plan for NZ tour - Tharanga,Kaushal & Sanga fine in top 3 . Mathews should bat at 4 to avoid being stranded with tail .No 5 is ???? No 6 should be a batsman who can bowl bit some spin ( Angelo Perera , Kithruwan , Chaturanga De Silva) . Then Dickwella . Herath ,Prasad , Eranga , Lakmal .

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Pak vs SL head to head stats: Pak openers 125 runs @ 15.625, SL openers 316 runs @ 39.5, Pak middle order (3,4,5) 372 runs @ 31, SL middle order 649 runs @ 72.111, Pak lower middle order (6,7) 398 runs @ 49.75, SL lower middle order 85 runs @ 14.167, Pak tail (8,9,10,11) 203 runs @ 18.455, SL tail 118 runs @ 13.111. This shows that the last 6 men of Pakistan have scored more than their SL counterparts (although in 2nd innings of 1st test SL middle order finished it off). Pak openers have been worse than their tail & Pak middle order was almost exactly half of SL's. Now lets compare bowling Pak overall: 32 wkts for 1234 @ 38.5625, SL overall: 39 wkts for 1128 runs @ 28.9231, Pak pacers: 17 wkts for 526 runs @ 30.9412, SL pacers: 7 wkts for 428 runs @ 61.1429, Pak spinners: 13 wkts for 634 runs @ 50.9231, SL spinners: 32 wkts for 672 runs @ 21, Pak extras conceded: 66 runs, SL extras conceded: 35 runs. So Pak was totally outclassed in both departments.

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    I think Pakistan HAVE TO make some changes now or else they will be humiliated against AUS & NZ too. Pakistan are blessed to be playing against teams who are doing good these days (SA, SL, NZ, AUS) but they need to learn when playing against these 4 in form teams. I think Pakistan need to drop Khurram & open with Shehzad & Azhar, Younis @ 3, Fawad @ 4, Misbah @ 5. They also need fifth bowling option (should be allrounder) who can bat at 6 or 7. When it comes to bowling then Junaid & Wahab can be the pacers & Zulfiqar can replace Rehman to partner with Ajmal. The allrounder can even be Hafeez cuz a no.7 with 30+ avg is not bad. Sarfraz has been good with bat but lets see how he does against a different attack. The team should be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Azhar Ali, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sarfraz Ahmed, 7.Mohammad Hafeez/Bilawal Bhatti, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Zulfiqar Babar, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan. Backups could be Umar Akmal, Raza Hassan, Sadaf Hussain, Haris Sohail

  • Sudhir65 on August 18, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Seems like Pakistani batsmen can not even bat on flat subcontinental pitches.

  • t20cric on August 18, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    This loss was expected at the end of yesterday. Pakistan really need to do something about the players who don't deserve to be in the team. Khurram Manzoor needs to go cuz he did worse than all specialist batsmen except Thirimanne & Vithanage. Abdur Rehman is past his prime & Talha needs to seriously improve to make it back in the team. Pakistan need to learn how to play against spin overall not just left arm spin. This is because Pakistan have failed against many spinners (even mediocre ones) in all formats like (off the top of my head) Herath, Badree, Narine, Mishra, Tahir etc. Of these bowlers Herath is the best so he dominated us more than the other guys but Tahir is a very mediocre bowler who still did very well against us. Pakistan need to do learn how to play spin quickly or else Lyon, Sodhi & Craig will soon be added to that list. Obviously Pakistan also need to learn how to play against pace but they are supposed to be good against spin cuz they're a subcontinent team.

  • AB_DeVilliers on August 18, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @SajithaD - Fair enough, but cricket is a results driven game. You mentioned that he took an ordinary team, and made it a champion team. What did he win with this champion team? If you compare that with a Graeme Smith who also inherited an ordinary team after the 2002 world cup. He lifted that team, made them competitive, and retired having won test series in most countries around the world, having not lost away for some 8 years, achieved number 1 test ranking, etc. and this excludes his significant contribution with the bat. I'm not saying that Mahela was not good, just saying that based on the results he achieved, his not great or legendary in my humble opinion (does not have to be shared by anyone).

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    With Mahela out of tests, this is the playing XI for the NZ tests. Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Sanga, Angelo Mathews, Vithanage, Dickwella, Angelo Perera, Eranga, Herath, Prasad and Lakmal.

    Upul Tharanga must play ODIs against Pakistan. Kaushal Silva has given us starts, but must get more fifties and tons.

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I have to say I am disappointed about Misbah my favorite ever Pakistani cricketer not scoring. I wish if he was the prolific run scorer for Pakistan. I hope he wont be dropped. Important Pakistan has Misbah and Younis as getting inexperienced young batsmen from the domestic circuit to face Siddle and Johnson in October might do more damage than good.

    Need not panic. I am sure Pakistan can make use of the next month or so to prepare for the UAE series against Australia. Ahmed Shezad no doubt is worth persisting as an opening batsman. Wonder if Sarfraz Ahmed must be sent up the order. Shafiq and Azhar Ali gave starts which they could not convert.

    For Sri Lanka, who should replace Mahela? I suggest top order batsmen who can bowl part time such as Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Vithanage, Dhanushka Gunathilaka etc who can bowl must be played because in tests, we dont have match winning bowlers so should our main strike bowlers fail, we must have 3 or 4 part time bowlers.

  • Sinhaya on August 18, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Glad to see Sri Lanka win but really feel for Pakistan indeed. Mahela no doubt got the farewell he deserves. Wish if rain did not intervene in the SSC test against SA. Well as we managed to draw against England at Lords by a whisker, so did SA manage to do so against us few weeks ago.

    As for Sri Lanka's test performance, seems we are dragging all games we play to a 5th day counting from the 2nd test against Bangladesh in Chittagong which drew. Against England at Lords and Headingley, they were real crackers till the last ball. Against SA in Galle we lost in the middle of the 5th day and against SA at SSC, it was a thriller draw. As shown by both tests against Pakistan, it is now clear that when Sri Lanka play, test match will likely last 5 days as opposed to 4 days, which may be the case in tests not involving Sri Lanka.

  • cricchanel.com on August 18, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Mahela deserved it. Methew said in his press conference before the start of test match that feelings of his farewell had been started. We had no words to salute him but the best which we can for him by wining this test and tributes to Mahela. They did and what a happy ending for great Mahela. We done ,

  • Pak_Guru on August 18, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Cricket lovers will miss seeing the famous Jayawardene and Sangakara partnerships in Test matches.

  • Blade-Runner on August 18, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    I'm very glad to see that Sri Lanka are doing so well in the longer format. All the hard works have defo paid off.

    Sri Lanka - Rank #4 , Sanga - Rank #1 , Mathews - Rank #3 , Herath - Rank #3 ,

  • on August 18, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    the eligent stroke maker,vast varity of shots.. just classy.. we will surely miss u maiya.. after long time my eyes were full of tears today..

  • on August 18, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    @AB_DeVilliers, get the correct meaning of a Legend. There are Legendary batsman, there are legendary bowlers, there are legendary fielders ( have u heard a fielder called Jonty Rhodes?- he was an average batsman but the way he did the fielding...., many tried to imitate him or actually many learnt lot from his compassion towards fielding). so do there are Legendary players not because they a super duper in singular ability. Mahela is a legend cos the compassion he had, the gentleman within him, the tactician in side him, the team role he played better than many selfish legends, the soundness of his techniques, the beauty of each and every stroke, the cricket book within him!

  • AB_DeVilliers on August 18, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @highveldhillbilly - definitely mate. Factors which make SAs test series victory more impressive: final tests for Mahela, Sangakkara in the form of his life, confident SL team having just beaten Eng, ball spun miles in both test (esp 2nd test), first test series for SA without Kallis and Smith, Amla's first as captain.

    Also, this puts into perspective how good SA really are. This Pakistan team were talking themselves up to be close to the number 1 ranking before the series. These defeats just show how far they are from it, how good SL are at home, but more importantly, how good a side SA really are. Top stuff from the number 1 team.

  • ChrisMarx on August 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Like Sachin and Kallis, I will remember Mahela as not only a great player but a great sportsmen. He gave so much to the game and is one of those players I will tell my children about as an example of how the game should be played.

  • on August 18, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for making Sri Lanka a proud cricketing nation. Thank you Angelo for allowing us to enjoy cricket with your rock solid defence. Thank you all memmbers of Sri Lanka team for laying a strong foundation for the future of cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • on August 18, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    A great career comes to an end.....but qiite honestly I got tired of watching these guards of honor.... they were over done..... cricketers should watch how south Africa gave Ponting his farewell, simple, sweet, and never to be forgotten.....

  • on August 18, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    End of an ERA! Thank you mahela! hope selectors will give number 4th to chandimal

  • SLC-2020 on August 18, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @Priyantha: May be so... but in SL we definitely need a proper change in our VISION before MISSION... to give due credit where it belongs... irrespective of personal preferences or glamorous hype of some selectively privileged! Unfortunately, most of our hierarchy in cricket, media & some SL fans who are still emerged in this mess would always see through these partial lenses & invert reality according to their mindset! This is really counterproductive to Future.

    Rangana Herath (36 yrs) has 3-4 yrs remaining as a spinner, depending on fitness. But, Upul Tharanga (29 yrs) as an experienced Opening batsmen who had already scored over 5000r in ODIs, has plenty of playing years (at least 9 yrs more) to come in his career! When you consider the future of SL Cricket beyond Sanga, Mahela & Dil... obviously we have to admit Tharanga is the only certain choice among all those youngsters tried out so far! Chandi, Thiri, Dimuth, Kaushal, Kusal, Vithanage etc. nowhere near him in STATS or ACTS!

  • Master_Mihil on August 18, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    For Sri lankans Mahela is the Mr. Cricket!! Long live the Legend!!!

  • CluelessJan on August 18, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Mahela will be sorely missed by the cricket followers world over. Needless to mention you have great statistics in all forms of cricket. but what we will also miss is your great leadership qualities, your unselfish attitude, you going above and beyond to groom the next level of Sri Lankan cricketers...the list will go on. Best of luck. Now one wish, hope Sanga will play on for a few more years until Matthews and the next generation gets a bit more exposure and finally Rangana you are a genius

  • PoeticCricket on August 18, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Mahela was not a dying star in his last test loosing its brilliance, but a shooting star blinked away from our gaze in the night sky never to be seen again. He is the most elegant batsmen I've seen after Sanga. Now you can rest your shoulders & drop the bat which carried hopes & dream of many cricketing fans. Mahela always called his family (both parents & wife) before a match, wherever he played in the world to get their blessings. Now Mahela can spend time with his precious family after 17 years of a test.

  • on August 18, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Please get rid of tuk tuk, he destroyed the Pakistani team. Najam seeti is gone and send him out of the team as well otherwise Pakistani team is on the edge of destruction. Mahala a lot of respect

  • insightfulcricketer on August 18, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for the memories! As an Indian cricket fan I admired your silken strokeplay, terrific slip catching and your astute captaincy. That knock of World Cup final 2011 was truly a gem of perfect strokeplay under the pressure of World Cup final.Ok it was against "popgun" Indian bowlers really not high quality but still the occasion was huge. Your astute judgement of DRS in 2010 so mortified us Indians that till this day they do not accept DRS to our peril.

    You leave behind a body of cricket statistics which will be rarely matched or exceeded.

    Best wishes mate - look forward to your astute observation of the game on TV.

  • landl47 on August 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    A great note on which to say goodbye to a great cricketer. He'll long be remembered, not only by Sri Lanka, but by everyone who loves cricket.

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage there were number of contributors towards this win. But we all have to agree that Herath's bowling was simply outstanding. He richly deserve all his victims. Tharanga was the highest run scorer for us in this match and in both innings openers gave a solid foundation to build on. However, Tharanga's batting contribution cannot be assessed on the same scale with that of Angelo Mathews. When Tharanga was batting there was no pressure of wickets falling at the other end. Angelo as usual had to bat with the tail. In fact during last 6 test matches we played starting with England series, Angelo would have scored much much more had he not been forced to refuse singles when batting with the tail. He would have easily scored a hundred in first innings at Galle against SA. Another forgotten hero is Niroshan Dickwella for many difficult catches he took in both tests add to that some useful runs down the order. Only passenger in the team was "The Vice Captain".

  • Blade-Runner on August 18, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    He is one of the most accomplished cricketers, as a world class batman, a brilliant fielder, a superb captain, a selfless team player and a role model, to have ever played the game of cricket. Mahela, thank you for everything you've done for the Sri Lankan Cricket as well as Cricket itself. I'm sure that there are thousands of young Cricketers who are trying to follow your steps and live up to the standards you've set. Good Bye Legend !!!! (only for Test :P )

  • highveldhillbilly on August 18, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Does this make SA's test series victory more impressive? I think so!

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    You will be remembered Mahela for years and years! We as nation owe you! Thank you would not be the word to say in return for everything you have done for us. You have had shown your Pride, Character and Class during your Test Career. Taking a great decision such as to retire from the Test cricket is much needed because all the good things have to come for an end. You have been a true legend. An Inspirational Icon for all of us.

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    congrats mahela.. even though you retired .. you will always be remembered .. you made all of us proud, today you made most of us cry, I don't think that any one could believe that your no longer a test player.. you were a true legend who fought for your country, who gave its best everytime, you stood by the team at the most hard times, took them to glory made them fight till the last ball .. I can't imagine cricket without you ! fairwell bro ..

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    don't judge mahela as a single batsman,,, he is a great captain ,,,, superb fielder and the team man , fluent brain that's why we call him a ledgend

  • SLFan-2200 on August 18, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Congratulations & best wishes for the future, Mahela..! You richly deserved such a fittingly Grand Farewell... which was only possible thanks to the massive efforts of Sri Lanka's most overlooked couple of humble players: Rangana Herath & Upul Tharanga!

    Left-arm spinner Herath's record making 9 + 5 = 14 wickets harvest & Tharanga's superb 92 + 45= 137 Runs (55 runs more than 2nd best Mathews who accumulated 82) "Top-of-the-List" batting contribution on that difficult run-making wicket made it possible. Only Sarfraz had managed a few more run on that hard-to-score deck.! Unfortunately, unlike some other, these 2 SL Work-horses rarely received any appreciation or rewards they deserved for the silent but decisive match-winning efforts they rendered throughout their careers! They were grossly Ignored,/Underestimated /Criticized,/Underutilized & Unappreciated in SL cricket scene during the past! Certainly, SL Cricket Future beyond Mahela, Sanga & Dil depends on GENUINELY TALENTED like them

  • SajithaD on August 18, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @AB_DeVilliers, no he is not a legendary batsmen as much as sangakkara but he is a legendary player due to many reasons... He took a very ordinary team as a captain at a time(2005-2006) and made it a champion team..His tactics and intelligence was praised by all around the world..Everybody knew whenever Sri Lanka on the field who is the brain behind it..And the character he was in the field made whole team different... The way he stood up to challenges, the body language influenced lot of new players..Actually he made a team which believes in fights rather than personnel glories..And as a batsmen, why is he special? because he is a special occasion player, he scores when the team needs it the most..And most importantly, he is not over hyped by media because he wasn't there to be sold or not praised as a god, and because of that every honor given to him is surely earned by him..He is more valuable cricketer than so called cricket gods..Mahela is a good batsman but a legendary player..

  • SohailMirza on August 18, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Bring back Nasir Jamshed and Fawwad Alam in Test Cricket - There was no left handed batsman in the current squad so Hearth took clear advantage of it...bad planning by selection committee first and then by Coach... Waqar is proven flopped manager/captain ...

  • 9ST9 on August 18, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Pakistan didn't actually play that badly. Sri Lankans are on a roll at the moment. I don't think Pakistan should be too hasty in chopping/changing their squad. This current unit has been settled for a while (unlike in the past) and while they have not set the world alight Pakistan have been fairly consistent.

  • adilnzir on August 18, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    It has always been Pakistan bowling, especially the fast bowling, that had won matches over the past many years. Absence of pace and swing has been the major cause of defeat. Selection committee has a great job in front of them in order to rebuild the pace attack since Saeed Ajmal alone cannot carry all the load.

  • on August 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Mahela had a great record on difficult pitches even though his home record is much better than his overseas one.

    He also has centuries against every country and centuries in England and Australia where most struggle

    How about his centuries in The WC semi final and final showing what a pressure player he was

    All this while making batting look so easy

    Add 206 catches to this and his captaincy record and you have an awesome cricketer

  • Hauritzj on August 18, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulations Mahela, you will be missed by the entire cricketing world. Thank you Rangana Herath for sending this legend of the game off in a way he deserves.

  • on August 18, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    respect for Mahela and sanga from pak

  • on August 18, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Poor batting performance from the Pakistanis, particularly the top order. They need to find consistency there again if they are to challenge the best sides again. The bowling attack looks talented especially with Aamer to come back in soon. If everyone was available... an attack of Aamer, Khan, Gull and Ajmal would be amongst the very best

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 18, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Soon we'll be ahead of West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in ICC rankings because we are edge close to cross New Zealand. If Misbah don't retire soon I doubt Pakistan cricket will survive more than 2 years.

  • AB_DeVilliers on August 18, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Exceptional batsmen, but not a great or legend of the game in my opinion. Will go down as someone who scored heavily at home, but was quite average away from home (think he averages 39). Struggled to score runs in SA and AUS, and this diminishes his overall record for me. I think Sangakkara will go down as legend of the game, his record is phenomenal.

  • on August 18, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Great Entertainer calls it a day in the main format of cricket.The massive respect,honour,love and affection shown not only from SL fans like me the fans all over the globe,from cricketing countries, expressed great admiration for majestic Mahela.

  • AzizR_Lye on August 18, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Its sad to see Mahela Go. He has been a great batsman for Sri Lanka since the departure of Arvinda de Silva. He has always been a tremendous talent in the Test and One days but how he adjusted and surprised everyone in the T20's is just another hidden art of the great player he is. One player that has all the shots in the book. The aggressive in/outs, the brilliant leg clips and the excellent delicate late cuts. You will be truly missed. Good luck and many happy wishes for the future.

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    South africa were on the receiving end from mahelas best score. Today as a south african, thanks because that innings set up the careers of steyn, ab and amla.

  • Balumekka on August 18, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Mahela, you gave us a lot... I still remember your 1st ODI hundred in Adelaide, an aggressive but classy 120 (111) chasing 300 odd target, to bring the victory to Sri Lanka. As a fan, I am not worried about the away averages and all. Nobody can be perfect. But you have played some memorable innings, both in longer and shorter formats. As a leader, you were highly intelligent and inspirational, grooming many youngsters. Thank you for everything!

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Now its time to drop Misbah & Younus & give chance to Shoaib Maqsood, Faward Alam & Umer Akmal. I am in favour of 2,3 left hander in batting lineup.

    Test Team: Masood/Khurram,Shahzad, Azhar,Asad,Maqsood,Umer/Fawad, Sarfraz, Junaid,Wahab,Gull,Saeed,Zulfiqar, Bhatti/Anwar

    ODI Team: Sharjeel,Shahzad,Hafeez,Umer,Maqsood,Sarfraz,Bhatti/Anwar,Afridi,Junaid,Gull,Irfan,Wahab,Saeed

  • Maduwantha on August 18, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    One woman in Khatagasgigiliya, a very far town from Anuradhapura was crying on Mahela's retirement. When further inquire on it Mahela has given her Rs. 2000000 to cure her husband from a cancer. We don't know how many similar things he has done because he doesn't do theses things for publicity.

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    very very nice bowling herath

  • randy000 on August 18, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I'd just like to say that I love watching these two teams play. There is a degree of respect that is shown by both sides, a little bit of banter, but mainly massive respect for one-another. Thanks to Pakistan for a good series, you had much time off before this series so you will only improve... and it's awesome to see the degree of respect that was shown to Mahela by all of the Pakistanis. This is what true cricket is about. The big three should take a leaf out of these team's book. Farewell Mahela.

  • cric1965 on August 18, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Pakistan has enormous talent in cricket. They need to find fresh batting talents to team.

  • Lion_96 on August 18, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Well done Maiya, on a fantastic Test Career! Just what we needed after a being outplayed by South Africa. Angelo'Mathews record as Test Captain is really good so far, but can he keep it up? Looking forward to the Test Series in New Zealand. Cricinfo plz publish!

  • Ramansilva on August 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Unlike my fellow SL fans I did not particularly liked or disliked Mahela. But I liked the way he carried the baton passed to him by the former greats. I am optimistic that someone will emerge soon to accept the baton left by him.

  • on August 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Good bye maiya..... I love the way you bring yourself to the format what ever you play on the day.. Only few more players can bring the shots on book as stylish as you specially in t20 format....well done legend.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I think its time for misbah & younis khan to go now bring back Afridi in the test team & give him the captaincy in all formats because pakistan team realy needs him as a player & Captan.

  • gahapanmachan on August 18, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Current SL cricketers , led by Mahela are good as any of the old but, for their humility can proudly distinguish themselves to be more worthy to the island nation. They are true heroes youngsters can embrace in a nation most worshipped are supposed to be politicians. Unlike the past cricketers who got churned in politics ,the likes of Sanga, Mahela, Herath, Angelo, Malinga etc will lift the spirit of generations to come.

  • shanepe2003 on August 18, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Perfect farewell for mahela, some thing that he truly derseve but same problem remain in SL camp, if u take out over 35year olds from this team I doubt we can beat BAN or ZIM. L. Thirimanne's selection is questionable over kithruwan IMO selectors should give almost same number of chances actually validate Kithruwans future in SL team. I don't think just puting him for 2 tests and drop for rest of the matches wouldn't help kithruwan, thirimanne or SL future. It's high time selectors to prioritise young players before Sangas exit, probably will happen in mid/2015

  • hellothereeveryone on August 18, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    All good things come to an end. This is true not only for a wonderful career of Jayawardene but also for Younis and Misbah who were always there to save an otherwise very ordinary Pakistani batting line up in the last few years. They are both at the end of their careers now and as this test series showed they cannot continue the rescue mission anymore. PCB has not been able to find a good substitute for these batting greats that are leaving one by one. Till this date no one has been able to replace Saeed Anwar, Inzamam, Mohammad Yousaf to name a few. This shows the inefficiency and the lack of a good eye for picking up talent in PCB. Unless PCB gets its act together and gets out of the politics that it is always involved in cricket is never going to be same in Pakistan. Pakistan has already gone down in hockey and I hope cricket doesnt follow suit.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Dismal showing by the entire batting order show that players are not in sync with the Coach. They played like T20 when they had all the time to just defend the score. Sri Lanka outclassed our players in all departments. many accolades to Safaraz z for being consistently great scorer , 3 / 50 s and one 100 . what is wrong with Misbah who was a backbone whenever the batting order collapses but this time looks like he was ina twilight zone for the entire series.

  • LankaPuthra on August 18, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Unlike some great SL cricket legends, Mahela's retirement was perfectly timed (just like his shots). He decided to bow out at his peak. He did not out-run his welcome in the side. I, and I am sure many cricket fans, believe there is a lot left in Mahela, but the way and timing of ones retirement is crucial to ensure us fans remember them with yet more greatness than when they were actually playing - if that is ever possible. Well done Mahela! We shall miss you big time. (BTW I live just a few doors next to you on Ratnayake Mawatha).

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    i'm afraid the art of elegant aggression in a cricket field will die off with his retirement. the man who never was in a rush under the most trying circumstances. the man who would complete a complimentary run while the ball is on it's way to the boundary sped off a classic cover drive from his bat. the man who would flick you through the slightest angle created by the gully & slip which is immaculate to the beholders eye. will we ever see a cricketer who is so slightly built that one would rarely imagine him to be an opener in a world cup winning T20 team. awesomeness is as understatement. in his own words 'you do not need to be ugly to be aggressive'...well done sir!!

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Sad to MJ go but it was around the corner. Thank u for the memories Jayawardene.

  • Nuwas on August 18, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    The Most Fitting Farewell for a Legend, a truly humble one of the Game of Cricket. Its really a very gloomy day for Sri Lanka, the nature also endorsed it I guess. Who is "Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene"? a well deserving son of Proud Parents, a decent schoolboy, better husband, warmhearted father, a patriot, humble person & most of all a True Legend of Cricket who is indeed a Proud Ambassador of Sri Lanka. We will miss you immensely in Test Cricket MJ for the cricketer you've been with all you Class, Style, Humbleness, Aggressiveness, Tactics & specially with that Adorable Smile. After seeing the way Sang followed you right after minutes of your departure from your last Test Innings, I sensed that its not that long till we'll see your buddy also follow your path... I know you read these article in Cricinfo.. so I take this opportunity to Thank You & Wish you all the Very Best in your future endeavors from all my heart. From all my heart Proud be SriLankan.

  • raufsk007 on August 18, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Misbah should step down as Test Captain, Opening pair should be Nasir Jamshed & Sarfraz Ahmed for test team let jamshed & sarfaraz to play their natural game Sarfraz has improve & show his talent. Test team players follow as, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad or fawasd alam, Azar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar akmal or bring back abdul razzaq atleast in test, Mohammed Hafeez as captain, saeed ajmal, abdur rehman, junaid khan, anwar ali or wahab riaz

  • Sports4Youth on August 18, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Perfect result. Misbah, Waqar and the selectors deserve it.

    After a long time I would like to voice the same old concern of avoiding good talented younsters and favoring the old failures. FAWAD ALAM, HARRIS SOHAIL, SADAF HUSSAIN & RAHAT ALI should have been playing the two test matches. Also BILAWAL BHATTI deserved to be in the ODI series.

    Atleast SARFRAZ has got an opportunity to cement his place in the Test team and that is the right format for him to start his career. Also FAWAD & HARRIS shoiuld be given a decent go at the Test format because that is the format where they are more comfortable.

    Its time to get rid of Misbah & Younis from the ODI setup. Also Waqars place should be in question. Waqar will only make life difficult for AFRIDI.

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  • on August 18, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    What a shame for Pak team, the batting line is very poor, need some serious changes in it.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Mahela, I have no words to express on your retirement, its very sad to all of us leaving your test bat however, it was to be done. Long live with your bat in ODIs. As a team, there was a fantastic contribution and hence SL won the match. Herath was indeed marvelous while Sanga showed his usual talents. Mahela started his test career with a half century and concluded with another superb half. Niroashan too was excellent behind the stumps while everyone contributed perfectly. I personally am missing Mahela.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka for winning the short test series. ICC should consider at least a mandatory 3 match test series for all it's members and cutting down 4 and 5 match test series around the world to minimize the disparity between test cricket playing countries. Mahela deserved this grand farewell and all the accolades showered on him by many supporters around the world. Sri Lanka should be proud of his achievements for the country and currently been 4th in Test rankings,3rd in ODI rankings and 2nd in T20 rankings thanks to the other seniors Sanga,Dilshan,Malinga & Herath as well who have all contributed heavily to achieve this success and excellence in a short period of time.|"Legends Never Die, they only Fade Away" Good Luck Mahela and hope to see more of you in the ODI tournaments.

  • chathuradil on August 18, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Thanks Mahela for the service you have done for cricket. Pure gentlemen. I have watched your 1st test innings in 1997 and also the final in 2014. Wish you for a wonderful future

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    What make him more a legend is his team play, the captaincy approach, the gentleman inside him (which lacks among many great players), his techniques, smoothness of his shots.... Thank you Mahela for what u gave to Cricket!

  • Charindra on August 18, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Herath has come just in time to make sure we can still take 20 wickets an innings. Thank god for that.

  • on August 18, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilankan team.They Have Achieved 2-0 Win Against Strong Pakistan Team. The Star of the Game Man of the Match and Man of the Series Rangana Herath Who Performed well with some few Records to celebrate and give farewell to the Great player mahela Jayawardena with Grand stand.Pakistan also very good Team. However they need some changes to the team.

  • funnykid on August 18, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    I am at loss to understand as to why Pak batsmen had no clue against Herath? It appears if Pakistani batsmen have not seen any slow left arm bowler before or he has fallen direct from Mars. No doubt he is a good bowler but definitely not unplayable as amply demonstrated by Sarfraz. If Sarfraz can make runs against him, why can't others? Other aspect which contributed to Pakistan downfall is Misbah, who, after a long time, could not score runs and got out cheaply in all the 4 innings. It was only Misbah who used to bring stability to Pakistan batting but his failure has badly exposed fragility of Pakistan batting once again. What's wrong with Pakistan batting, will someone explain?

  • anver777 on August 18, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    A fittingly & memorable farewell for evergreen MJ !!! Cricket world will miss you in test cricket !!!!

  • YsaKaru on August 18, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    What a farewell to our legend Mahela....... We surely MISS YOU SIR..........

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Well Played SL. Sanga, Mathews, Openers were good & Mahela was effective on his last match. Herath was superb & in a way this victory was because of him. learned a lot since Sharjha defeat. By far the disciplined team.

    A perfect send off for Mahela. A great personality& one of the greats of games. Will surely be missed by All cricket lovers. Good Luck for future.

    Pak: Poor game. mostly the batting has been poor. No clue against Herath. This match was lost because of top order. In 2nd innings top 5 contributed on 39 runs. that is less than 8RPP.

    In 1st innings top3 had starts but thrown it away and lost chance to score big lead. SL's last 3 bowlers scored 59 on own. Pak tail had sarfraz til end but couldnt support well. then bad luck that they lost junaid khan. With out Junaid this attack is nothing but still a good effort by 3 bowlers to bowl SL out.

    Khurram: a total waste after 146 vs SA. Rehman has some how lost it. positive was Sarfraz. by far the best batsman by Pakistan.

  • Dr.Lakson on August 18, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for all you have given to us!

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I am happy that Mahela's farewell match was played against Pakistan. Pakistan is the friendliest team towards Sri Lankan team. While Sri Lankan braved (and paid the price) to tour Pakistan when they were staved with home games, it was Pakistan as a country that helped Sri Lanka in her gravest hour in 1999. When AUS and WI boycotted the 1996 world cup matches it was a combined team of India and Pakistan played a game in Sri Lanka in the midst of their own world cup preparations. I am sure many Pakistanis are also happy for Mahela's achievements and genuinely sad to see him retire.

  • rmcsr86 on August 18, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Respect to you sir.........! You are real gentlemen. We will definitely miss ur cricketing brain.........!

  • yogicoolboy on August 18, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Great farewell for mahela. Well played mate and congrats team srilanka for another dominant performance. It was a team effort. All the best mahela in one dayers. Thank you Mahela. You have been a Great servant for Sri Lankan cricket and more importantly a wonderful human being. All the best sir

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Excellent victory for Sri Lanka the credit goes to every member of the team for their contribution they have learnt some lessons after their defeat against South Africa . Their main strength was batting this was amply demonstrated in the four innings and senior members of the team not only contributed their might but also guide them all along. It is also it is very difficult to beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, it is matter of fact this is true with every cricket plying country. Congratulations once again for their wonderful series victory

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    What about Angelo Mathews? Who is Captain is the architect . Plus Rangana. Can we all cheers the whole team

  • saicoverdrive on August 18, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Jayawardane is the perfect example to prove that techniques mean everything in Cricket. He is not big and burly, yet mighty capable. He ticks the scoreboard swiftly and effortlessly. In all these years, he has never shown any bad behaviour on / off the field. I can't think of a perfect role model for the younger players.

  • Cricsnake on August 18, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Congratulations SL ! A well deserved victory against a quality team. MJ seems very lucky at the moment ! Having such comrades arranging such an unforgettable farewell party. It was really a perfect farewell for a great legend of Sri Lanka. We must thank for Rangana Herath for his immense effort as he is the chief architect of this win. Dammika Prasad, Dilruwan & Welagedara did much better than the first innings in support of Herath. Mahela can retire with a shining smile on his face ! Kudos to all team SL !

  • katch47 on August 18, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Bye bye Mahela. great team player, great human being. I was looking forward to see you get that 94 runs but alas. Still the greatness of a player is not all about stats. I feel sorry for SL cricket, when Sanga retires it will be very comfortable to say RIP SL cricket.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    What a victory to the Sri Lanka... What a farewell to our dear Mahela... According to the meaning of his won name (JAYAWARDENE means ONE WHO INCREASES VICTORIES), in his farewell series he has added two more victories to SL team and to his personal career.

    He is fortunate that he was not gone for duck in his last innings, but notched up a 50 and also the test was won by his side.

    For me ,one of the remaining leaves of the 1990's greatest cricket tree has fallen now, and Chanderpaul probably will be the last remaining leaf after this.

    We thank Mahi for the great entertainment he has given us in his 17 year long career. We also wish him all the best in his future.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    sad to see mahela go which will leave a big hole in the team,and beating gentlemanly pakistanis does not give us much pleasure as beating other teams,moved with the paikstani players freindly behaviour and respect to our players,a test series played in good sportsmanship,good luck for both teams for the ODIs

  • sara2a on August 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    It cannot be just a coincidence that players like Murali, Mahela & Sanga (in T20s) had dream farewells… They played the game in a humble & honourable way, and the nature was kind enough to send them off in the most emphatic fashion… A great lesson for the cricketers around the world who are blinded with their egos…

  • gibbs.175 on August 18, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Pak can win any kind of match but they dnt want to do so...thus dnt pay attention for pakistan'golden cricket (run by miserable people ....) pak always get hold on matches 99% after. That they throw it away ....? We all know it , why it does ......

  • SecGen on August 18, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Goodbye, Mahela. Thanks for the memories.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    very good performance from Herath

  • Man_from_Mountains on August 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Well great farewell for Mahela. He is ending his carrier on high. Its a team effort from Sri Lanka and they deserve this win.

    I think Pakistan played very poor cricket on well known subcontinent pitches.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Thank you Mahela. Great servant of Sri Lanka, and the game of cricket, and a gentleman. Thank you again, sir.

  • RanjithSuriyakula on August 18, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Sri Lankas are special set of human. The skills and social contacts are at high levels. They know how to redeem the good work of Mahela and proved so. Best of luck as a cricketer and welcome to the the citizen club.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    we dnt need Misbah as a captin

  • meedeniya on August 18, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Dear Mahela big thank for your contribute to SL and congratulation for your career

  • tharuka88 on August 18, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    well done maiya..u desreve this win...so sad that im not in the ssc..will watch hhighlights in the night

  • Rock_cricket on August 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    What a farewell , thanks for all you did for cricket & entertaining us.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    MJs are quite popular and celebrated right throughout the history of the universe. Michael Jackson, Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Mitchell Johnson and now Mahela Jayawardene. MJ is a living legend and one of the most stylish batsman's in the world. We missed him badly and wish him all the best including his wife and cute baby girl.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    well done boys..it was a great match.i think the team gave a nice gift to mahela who played his last test inning.farewell mayya..thank you for everything you did for your country & to the world cricket.you will be missed

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Congrats to SL team for out playing PAK. Pak has to really look into their team line up. Khurram Manzoor has go out definitely. We need someone in bowling line up as well. Ajmal is down these days. But main emphasis shud be the top batting order. The only plus point in batting was Sarfaraz & Asad. Rest, no one was consistent.

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Thank you Maiya.

  • LANKALOVER on August 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Bye, bye, Mahela, you are one of the all-time greats this game has ever see. I shall cherish your contribution for a long, long time. You were a great Ambassador of this lovely game and to Sri Lanka (along with other greats viz. Sanath, Aravinda, Murali, Vaas, Arjuna, etc., etc.).

    You are the Sri Lankan version of the great Vishy (G R Viswanath).

    Wish you a healthy and happy life ahead.

    Lanka Lover / VSK Iyer, Madras - INDIA

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka. They played well. Pakistan tried but overall they remain inconsistent. Anyway now they should focus on one day series.

  • a.gehan on August 18, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for your contribution to the world Test cricket.

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  • a.gehan on August 18, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for your contribution to the world Test cricket.

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka. They played well. Pakistan tried but overall they remain inconsistent. Anyway now they should focus on one day series.

  • LANKALOVER on August 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Bye, bye, Mahela, you are one of the all-time greats this game has ever see. I shall cherish your contribution for a long, long time. You were a great Ambassador of this lovely game and to Sri Lanka (along with other greats viz. Sanath, Aravinda, Murali, Vaas, Arjuna, etc., etc.).

    You are the Sri Lankan version of the great Vishy (G R Viswanath).

    Wish you a healthy and happy life ahead.

    Lanka Lover / VSK Iyer, Madras - INDIA

  • on August 18, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Thank you Maiya.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Congrats to SL team for out playing PAK. Pak has to really look into their team line up. Khurram Manzoor has go out definitely. We need someone in bowling line up as well. Ajmal is down these days. But main emphasis shud be the top batting order. The only plus point in batting was Sarfaraz & Asad. Rest, no one was consistent.

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    well done boys..it was a great match.i think the team gave a nice gift to mahela who played his last test inning.farewell mayya..thank you for everything you did for your country & to the world cricket.you will be missed

  • on August 18, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    MJs are quite popular and celebrated right throughout the history of the universe. Michael Jackson, Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Mitchell Johnson and now Mahela Jayawardene. MJ is a living legend and one of the most stylish batsman's in the world. We missed him badly and wish him all the best including his wife and cute baby girl.

  • Rock_cricket on August 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    What a farewell , thanks for all you did for cricket & entertaining us.

  • tharuka88 on August 18, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    well done maiya..u desreve this win...so sad that im not in the ssc..will watch hhighlights in the night

  • meedeniya on August 18, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Dear Mahela big thank for your contribute to SL and congratulation for your career