It took Sri Lanka just under an hour on the fifth morning to wrap up the Pakistan innings and kick off the celebrations at the SSC. A 2-0 win in his final series in the presence of his family, fans and team-mates - current and former, a silken-shot laden final innings - Mahela Jayawardene could not have asked for a better farewell after a glittering 17-year-old career. The firecrackers were set alight the moment Wahab Riaz top-edged a sweep off Rangana Herath to become the bowler's 14th wicket in the match.
Emotions ran high as Jayawardene was carried around the ground by his team-mates on their shoulders, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa among the hordes of fans who had come over to say their goodbyes to the legend for the one last time, as they won't get to see him performing in the whit kit on the crease. The Pakistan team, led by their coach Waqar Younis, joined in congratulating the batsman.
Below poblished are some of the photographs taken during the presentation.
Below shown is an emotional twitter feed that Mahela released onto social media platforms.