Former Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jaysuria believes Sri lanka's historic win against South Africa is the same victory as they had against England at Oval. The 13 years ago win against England is the most significant victory for Islanders outside the subcontinent. Former captain Jaysuria scored a double hundred, while Muttiah Muralitharan took 16 wickets in that match, Ranatunga was leading the side.
Tilkaratne Dilshan made his first win in test cricket as a captain. Adding to this, the Kingsmead win is the first Sri Lankan win in test cricket since Muralitharan retired 16 months ago. Jaysuriya told Cricinfo regarding this win;
"This win is very important because of all these dramas the cricketers have gone through," he said. "The team has not been doing well and they have had some administrative problems and mentally, they were quite down. They have done a very good thing now and they are on a high."
Jayasuria said; "It was exactly what I said before. We needed partnerships and one of the top six to get a hundred. That was the key, once we were able to put on more than 300, it gives the bowlers something to work with."
Kumar Sangakara back to form with a century that took the match away from South Africa, the last 3 innings of the matches were not satisfactory for the left handed batsman, he scored 1,2 and 0 runs in previous 3 innings. Jayasuria said about Sangakara;
"Any batsman will hurt a lot after going through a bad patch," said Jayasuriya. "But he got a chance and capitalised on it. When Sanga gets a start, he goes on to make big runs." he said about Chandimal "I am very happy for him, The selectors gave him an opportunity and he used it well."
"We choked them really nicely," Jayasuria using this word will no doubt cause the South African squad to bristle. "We've seen with their history when it comes to crunch situations they don't do well." He added; "They won't want a flat wicket, so they will probably prepare something with pace and bounce."