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Jayawardene shows Lanka the way

April 26, 2007
Sri Lanka head into Saturday's World Cup final with captain Mahela Jayawardene having matured into a skipper and batsman worthy of being crowned a world champion.

Jayawardene scored a superb unbeaten 115 against New Zealand in Tuesday's semi-final to help his side to 289 for five and then his positive approach as captain helped his team to an 81-run victory.

The skipper showed an abundance of patience, application and intelligence as he built his innings carefully, not scoring a boundary until his 48th ball before his aggressive stroke play helped his side to 102 runs from the final 10 overs.

Photographs: Getty Images | Text: Reuters

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