Third day's highlights

* For the first time, Sri Lanka posted a total of over 450 runs in 15 Tests played in India.  The previous highest was 420 at Kanpur in the 1986-87 series.

* Mahela Jayawardene, who is in fine form, scored his 27th Test century and his 6th double ton which puts him on par with fellow countrymen Kumara Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu.

* The unbeaten 204 runs by Mahela is the highest by a Lankan on Indian soil surpassing the 112 by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the same innings.

* It was Mahela's second double hundred against India, the first was 242 at Colombo (SSC) in February 1999. Sanath Jayasuriya (340 at Colombo (RPS), August ’97) and Roshan Mahanama (225 at Colombo (RPS) in August ’97 are the other two double centurions for the Lankans against India.

* In the course of his double hundred, Mahela Jayawardene crossed 1000 runs in a calendar year for the second time in his Test career.  With 1025 runs already in the year 2009, he has joined Thilan Samaraweera (1153) and Andrew Strauss (1071) who have also crossed the landmark this year.

* The unbeaten partnership of 216 runs between the two Jayawardenes for the sixth wicket is the best for that wicket by a Sri Lankan pair against India.  The previous highest was 103 runs between Aravinda de Silva and Kumar Dharmasena at Mohali in Nov-1997.

KR Gururaja Rao

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