I got two good balls and couldn't avoid getting out to them: Mahela Jayawardene
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Sri Lanka's seasoned batsman Mahela Jayawardene doesn't blame a lack of Test matches for his two quick dismissals in the drawn first Test against Pakistan.
Debutant Bilawal Bhatti dismissed Jayawardene for 5 and 0 in Abu Dhabi, and captain Angelo Mathews played a career-best knock of 157 not out to set up a stiff target of 302 and force Pakistan to settle for a draw.
''Difficult to say that the long break had a big effect,'' Jayawardene said Monday after the team's training for the second Test, which starts Wednesday. ''I got two good balls and I couldn't avoid getting out to them. I'm not thinking too much about what's been, but I prepared well for that match and I'm preparing for the next one.''
The veteran of 139 Test matches last played a Test match against Australia in January 2013 before failing at Abu Dhabi.
Jayawardene did not face Bhatti in last month's Twenty20 and one-day series against Pakistan after he was given paternity leave.
''When you face a bowler for the first time there is always a small difference,'' said Jayawardene, who has hit 31 centuries and scored 10,811 runs. ''He bowled in really good areas when I went to bat ... I had watched how Bhatti bowls, but watching him and playing him are very different things.''
The Pakistan team was looking to finish off the first Test inside four days after reducing Sri Lanka to 186-4 at the end of the third day's play for an overall lead of just seven runs.
But Mathews featured in two big century stands with Dinesh Chandimal (89) and Prasanna Jayawardene (63 not out) before setting Pakistan left with no other choice but to play out a draw. Opening batsman Kaushal Silva (81) also scored a fine half century before he was dismissed in the last over on the third day.