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Jayawardene ton leads Sri Lanka to 602-6 at tea on day 3 of 1st test against Bangladesh

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MIRPUR, Bangladesh - Mahela Jayawardene smashed his 33rd test century to steer Sri Lanka to a daunting 602-6 at tea on the third day of the first test against Bangladesh.

Jayawardene was unbeaten on 146 with Kithuruwan Vithanage on 32 not out at the break as Sri Lanka stretched its lead to 370 and the possibility of an innings win.

Bangladesh got the only success of the day in the middle session when Sohag Gazi removed captain Angelo Mathews on 86.

Both Jayawardene and Mathews scored at a swift pace to take the match away from Bangladesh. Jayawardene was particularly harsh on the pacemen, who helped him by bowling too short too often. The former skipper earned his century with consecutive two fours against Robiul Islam. He timed 12 fours and two sixes in his fifth century against Bangladesh in just 12 matches.

Mathews was dropped on 69 when he edged to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Marhsall Ayub. Apart from that his innings was chanceless. He added 179 with Jayawardene before falling to Sohag Gazi delivery.

After Bangladesh was bowled out for 232 in its first innings, Sri Lanka made an emphatic reply behind Kaushal Silva's maiden century. Silva scored 139 while Sangakkara made 75 and Dimtuh Karunaratne 53.

Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-129 while Gazi had 2-101.

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