New Delhi: Sri Lankan batting sensation Mahela Jayawardene, completed 12,000 runs in ODI cricket on Sunday, after scoring a ton against India in the third limited overs match in Hyderabad. Jayawardene notched up his 17th ODI ton to help the Lankans set a modest 243-run target for the Indians.
Jayawardene became the fifth batsman in the history of the game to score 12,000 runs in ODI cricket. He overtook former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, who had scored 11,739 runs. The batting maestro got out to Ravichandran Ashwin after scoring a well made 118 off just 124 deliveries. His prolific innings consisted of 12 boundaries and a six.
He shared a well knit 105-run partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan for the third wicket. Dilshan scored a decent 53 runs.
Jayawardene with 12,002 runs, also became the third Sri Lankan in the top five list of highest ODI run-getters. He is behind Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430) and Kumar Sangakkara (12,918) in terms of runs scored by Lankan batsmen. Former India maestro Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 18,426 runs, followed by ex- Australia skipper Ricky Ponting who had amassed 13,704 runs.
Jayawardene was at his self best against the Virat Kohli led Indian side. Sri Lanka trail the five-match ODI series 0-2 and will hope to contain Indian batsmen, as the latter will look to chase 243 runs.
— ICC (@ICC) November 9, 2014
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar praised Mahela by saying how the stalwart can have an impact playing the ball late. He expressed his views on social micro-blogging site, Twitter. Cricket analyst and commentator Harsha Bhogle, and former India Test batsman Aakash Chopra too lauded Mahela on Twitter.
In an age when batsmen try to dominate by advancing to wards the bowler. Mahela shows same can be done by playing the ball late
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 9, 2014
well done mahela jayawardene. 12000 runs means you've had a magnificent career, privileged to watch so much of it.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 9, 2014
Graceful. Mahela. Class. What. A. Player.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 9, 2014