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This century is Ponting's

Ricky Ponting became the first cricketer to play in 100 Test wins after Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test here. The former skipper, 36, was Test cricket's most successful captain with 48 wins when he stepped down in April. No mean feat

india Updated: Sep 04, 2011 02:09 IST

Ricky Ponting became the first cricketer to play in 100 Test wins after Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test here. The former skipper, 36, was Test cricket's most successful captain with 48 wins when he stepped down in April.

Ponting, who made his Test debut in 1995, has so far played 153 matches and his 12,411 runs make him the world's third highest run-getter. "His longevity in the game is amazing," said Clarke. "For about eight or nine of our squad it was the first Test win, and here was Punter (Ponting) with his 100th." No mean feat



Ponting will miss the second Test to go home for the birth of his second child, but is expected to return for the final match.



Harris' five seals it

The victory was orchestrated by paceman Ryan Harris, who captured five wickets as Australia made full use of the second new ball to break a stubborn sixth-wicket partnership and mop up the tail on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday.

Harris took two wickets in the afternoon session to finish with figures of 5-62, with the removal of Mahela Jayawardene for a brilliant 105 proving to be the catalyst for the victory charge after the hosts had frustrated Australia in the morning.

Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews had batted superbly to rescue Sri Lanka from 68-5, the pair adding 142 runs before the former edged a Harris delivery on to his stumps.

Australia 273 & 210 beat S Lanka 105 & 253 (M Jayawardene 105, A Mathews 95, R Harris 5/62).