Colombo: At age 37 and with hundreds of innings behind him, Mahela Jayawardene tried something new in his next-to-last Test match - a move typical of his innovative attitude when it involves pursuing victories for Sri Lanka. (Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: 2nd Test scorecard)
He opened the innings for the first time in a Test match - his 148th - on the last day at Galle as Sri Lanka chased 99 runs to win, with time running out and rain imminent. He propelled the hosts to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan with a few overs to spare, giving him the chance to clinch a series win on his home ground when he plays his last Test from Thursday.
One of cricket's most elegant and enduring batsmen takes an average of 50 - he has 11,756 runs from 250 Test innings - into the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club, where he will be a key to Sri Lanka's goal of achieving the win or draw it needs to hold off Pakistan.