The decision to promote left-hander Jeevan Mendis above Mathews and Perrera was baffling as the former played a lot of dot balls that added to the pressure on Dilshan.
Jayawardene’s batting was a treat to watch. He perished trying to play the sweep shot one too many but till he was executing it with ease in the first 10 overs.
A shrewd thinker, Jayawardene saw that off-spinner Ajmal, with his doosras, leg-spinner Afridi and slow left-arm orthodox Raza Hassan were all spinning the ball away from him.
In the circumstances, he found the reverse sweep as the safest option and he played it with consummate ease.
In Image: Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez, center consults bowler Umar Gul, left and Sohail Tanvir, right to set the field