We said he’d need it, but boy did he provide something special. Mahela Jayawardene played an outstanding knock today, a really hard-fought, gutsy, resolute innings. The ball seamed around most of the day – rarely was batting easy – and he had the courage and conviction to play over-by-over, session-by-session.
His dismissal was unfortunate but Andrew Flintoff’s celebration rather demonstrated the respect Jayawardene is afforded. Flintoff was absolutely pumped to get that wicket (albeit fortuitously). And while England are still odds-on to win, don’t discount rain ruining their fun tomorrow. Torrential rain is forecast, and the cynic writing this post has a tenner on the draw!