Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney November 5, 2010

Sangakkara credits Sri Lanka's self-belief in series win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was unsurprisingly full of praise for his team after they wrapped up their first ever series victory on Australian soil with a 29-run win in the second one-dayer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"There's a lot to be taken out of the way we played these games," he said. "It's fantastic. We played the way we believed we could coming here. It was just a case of us fighting to convert every opportunity and tonight I thought it was a great all-round performance."

The last time Sri Lanka were in Australia, in 2007-08, they were beaten 2-0 in the Test series and failed to reach the final of the CB series, which also included India. This time, they met an Australian side struggling for form, having lost five consecutive games across all formats going into this series. But Sangakkara insisted that Australia's struggles didn't take the gloss off a maiden series win down under.

"It means a lot," he said. "This is a stage we always wanted to get to where everyone does what is asked of them and you can't ask any more of the players. They have grown in stature and self-belief. Sri Lankan cricket seems to be in really good hands going forward."

While Sri Lanka's new generation of players, such as opening batsman Upul Tharanga and allrounders Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews, played a major role in the team's victory, Sangakkara also made special mention of Muttiah Muralitharan, who is on his final tour of the country.

"What more can he do?" Sangakkara said of Muralitharan. "To win the series in Australia on his last tour here. We are thankful to have a champion like him in the side."

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  • ramachandra on November 9, 2010, 3:10 GMT


    I am not in both the groups you mentioned. I see what I see and comment about things. I follow cricket...yes CRICKET...AUS vs SL was also cricket I guess...

    About the future series..yeah...we will wait and see...I am no Nostradamus...I can only comment about present facts.

  • Shehan on November 8, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @TATTUs: Ohhhh I guess you are one of those Indian fans who had watched too much of 'India's greatest run chases', 'Classics', 'Hitz' and other programs where they keep on showing (and repeating) India's victories. Let me ask you this, If Indians are so great then why did you supporters call Dhoni & co. actors and burn their effigies when they lost the 2007 WC and T20 WCs? Guess according to you WI are the best team in the world since they won the first 3 WCs and since you are preoccupied with the past. My other question is are you so jobless to brag about India in a Aus vs SL article? (there is nothing to brag about, trust me, everyone in the world thinks India being no.1 is a joke and their pathetic display IN India against an inexperienced NZ team shows that) Go win in SA and then talk - I'll be the first to comment after India get whacked around by SA, Till then peace out

  • Hariharan on November 8, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Great display of character by Srilankans. Dear SRL fans, y r u underestimating IND al d time? There's no gud thing in it. Nyways, Congrats SRL for a convincing win in AUS. SL never struggled in this series except the last match. We shud be careful. These guys are tough contenders for us WC 2011.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @TheUglyTruth - Wow man.That is one of the best comments I have seen in or loose we are with our boys,simply because they give their 100% to bring the glory home and they play for their country above everything else.That's the true Lankan Spirit.Proud to be a Lion.

  • ramachandra on November 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT


    Anything India is, SL has been worse. NOT WINNING A TEST IN INDIA,SA and AUS is a great achievement! isnt it?

    And what raw deal? You have played around 50 tests outside Subcontinent and won only 5! whose fault is it?

    And since 1997, after SL had established itself, it has played 30 tests outside the subcontinent, winning only 4. I dont think lack of tests is an excuse.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    @TATTUs - About ENG,Sri Lanka drew the last test series they played in Englad.(1-1).They have only played 2 test series in ENG and they lost one and drew one.When ENG come to Sri know who is the winner,don't you...lolz

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    @TATTUs - This is the only time Sri Lanka played a bilateral one day series against Aussies in Australia.Ya its been a long time but one series.This is the first series they played and they won it.Whole world knows how Australia won the 95/96 Benson & Hedges series by cheating.Sri Lanka took Australia to the 3rd final for the first time in a VB series under the captaincy of Atapattu(mind you Gilly,Hayden and all the big guns were there).They were the No.2 side at that time in Tests as well as ODIs.In tests we have never played a 3 test match series in Australia.And mind you India got test status in 30s,but Sri Lanka in 1982.I know Indians are so jealous that Lankans are achieving things that Indians have failed to achieve playing test cricket for more than 50 years.Sorry mate,you have to live with it.And the best is yet to come.Soon you will see the Aussies getting pawned by our quicks in their own backyard.You saw the glimpse of it WACA didn't you.As clarke himself said.

  • Shehan on November 8, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @TATTUs: Just to let you know SL got a raw deal in FTP unlike India. But you guys seems to be struggling against NZ @ HOME. 15/5 HAHAHAHA Shows that India being number 1 is a joke.

  • ramachandra on November 8, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Just now got to know that SL has WON JUST 5 tests outside the subcontinent. Period!

  • ramachandra on November 8, 2010, 3:13 GMT


    Check the record for Ind vs AUS last 15 will know.check SL vs AUS also last 15 years.... Ind drew a series in 2003. Almost did it again in 2007. Won in England. Beat AUS SL in the tri series last time in AUS if you talk about ODIs. These are much better than never winning even a SINGLE TEST. Just think of it...Not even a SINGLE TEST WIN. LOL

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