Providence, Guyana:Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene became only the fourth batsman to score a Twenty20 international century when he made 100 against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
The veteran batsman's century, made off 63 balls, was the cornerstone of a total of 173 for seven in the first innings of a World Twenty20 Group B match Sri Lanka must win to qualify for the second round after losing the tournament opener against New Zealand.
Jayawardene's hundred came just a day after India batsman Suresh Raina scored 101 in a World Twenty20 group match against South Africa in Saint Lucia.
Only West Indies' Chris Gayle and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum had previously scored hundreds at this level.
Twenty20 international century-makers (score, player, team, opposition, ground, date):
117 Chris Gayle WIS v RSA, Johannesburg, Sep 11 2007
116 no Brendon McCullum NZL v AUS, Christchurch, Feb 28 2010
101 Suresh Raina IND v RSA, Gros Islet, May 02 2010
100 Mahela Jayawardene SRI v ZIM, Providence, May 03 2010