Dubai: Experienced Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene brushed aside talk on Monday of being under pressure to perform after he failed twice with the bat in the drawn first Test in Abu Dhabi. The 36-year-old scored five in Sri Lanka's first innings and was then out for a first-ball duck, dismissed both times by debutant Pakistan paceman Bilawal Bhatti.
Sri Lanka, who averted defeat with skipper Angelo Mathews hitting a career-best 157 not out in the second innings, will look to Jayawardene to score in the second Test starting in Dubai from Wednesday. (Preview: Pakistan look to spinners for win over Sri Lanka)
But Jayawardene said he didn't feel under any extra pressure. "No extra pressure, because when you play for Sri Lanka there is pressure to do well in every match. When you look at how many matches I've played, there's nothing special about my situation now," said Jayawardene, who had not played a Test since January last year.