This was a sight the visiting South African bowlers were getting increasingly sick of.
12 batsmen had been dismissed for 183 runs, on a tricky first day wicket in the first Test in Colombo, before Mahela Jayawardene and Kumara Sangakkara joined forces.
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The duo cruised Sri Lanka to safety, parried the team to a healthy lead, hopped across milestones and smashed a host of batting records.
It was more than a day-and-half later before the South African bowlers tasted success in Colombo.
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