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Hard work helped me to shine as a batsman, says Mendis

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis believes that hard work at the nets had helped him to shine with the bat after he scored his maiden half century on the fourth day of the third and final test match against India which continued at the P. Saravanamuttu Oval in Colombo yesterday. Mendis batting at number ten put up a tremendous performance to hit a career best 78 which helped Sri Lanka to reach a healthy 267 runs in their second innings.

Mendis stated that he had put an extra effort at the nets in the recent past and was able to bat more confidently with the support of senior player Thilan Samaraweera.

In fact, the 118-run stand between Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis is Sri Lanka’s highest for the ninth wicket and their third century partnership for that wicket. It is also the sixth century stand for the ninth wicket against India.

Mendis’ 78 is the highest by a number ten Sri Lankan batsman in Tests, and the eighth-highest for all teams.

Mendis stated that his initial plan was to build up a lead over 150 runs but grew in confidence and was able to extend the overall lead to over two hundred runs thanks to the support of Thilan Samaraweera.

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