Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane November 7, 2010

Series win best of my captaincy - Sangakkara

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Kumar Sangakkara has rated the series win over Australia as the best of his captaincy, but said his team must avoid lapses like the one at the Gabba if it is to be the best in the world. Sri Lanka followed their Twenty20 victory last week with two wins to claim the ODI trophy, but stumbled to an eight-wicket defeat in Sunday's dead rubber.

After their batting was so strong over the rest of the tour, the tourists were knocked over for 115 in only 32 overs to end their chances of a clean sweep. "The real thing about today is we know we're a good team, but if we want to be the best, things like this can't really happen," Sangakkara said. "We are on our way to where we want to go, but we've got fine-tuning to do."

Sangakkara, who took over from Mahela Jayawardene in 2009, led the side to their first series victory in Australia and said the result was "definitely" the best result of his captaincy. "We had a couple of targets, one was to try and beat India in India, which we couldn't do, and the other was to try to beat Australia in Australia. We managed to do that and it's a great team effort and we are very happy."

Sri Lanka now return home to prepare for a three-Test series against West Indies starting on November 15. "Sometimes it's a good thing [not having much time between games], when you're in form and in rhythm," Sangakkara said. "Sometimes it's important to keep playing, and winning games."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on November 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002, OK MAN, YOU GUYS BECAME 2ND IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES, YOU GUYS ARE THE RICHEST OUT OF ALL BOARDS, SURESH RAINA EARNS MORE THAN SANGAKKARA.. OK IF YOU SAY SO, BUT EVENTUALLY THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, SL WON THE WORLD CUP IN 1996, ENTER THE SEMI FINALS IN 2003 AND FINALS IN 2007, WON THE ASIAN TEST CHAMPIONSHIP AND ETC.. BEING THE POOR NATION (AS YOU THINK) WE ARE WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS MUCH IN THIS SHORT TIME. BUT YOU GUYS, COULDN'T EVEN MAKE SUPER EIGHT IN LAST YEARS WORLD CUP, KICKED OUT OF THE LAST T20 WC'S EVEN BEFORE THE SEMI FINALS, ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY YAAR, ITS ABOUT PERFORMANCE!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 11, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    @ALTAAF WELL THEN WHY COULD NOT YOUR BOARD USED UDRS IN THIS YEAR'S INDIA SRI TEST SERIESU WERE THE HOSTS AND I AM ASKING ABOUT GOLD MEDALS WON HOW MANY U GOT ONE TWO LOOK THIS IS CRICKET SHOW U SHOULD NOT HAVE DRAGGED RUBGY INTO THIS AS SUCH WE HAVE ALREADY GOT CWG AND U ASK OF BIDDING A DECADE LATER AND 12 PLAYERS OR 15 PLAYERS WINNING SPIRIT DOES NOT HAMPER ANYTHING I THINK U PEOPLE JUST CANT ACCEPT THE HARD TRUTHS AND FACTS THAT EVEN AFTER U HAVING THE BEST OFF SPINNER IN WORLD U COULD NEVER WIN A TEST MATCH WITH HIM SHAMEFUL THAT U CANT DIGEST FACTS SORRY NATION PITY ON U GUYS STILL FEED ON BCCI DONT HAVE YOUR OWN AUTHORITY TO USE UDRS IN YOUR OWN NATION HAHAHAHAHAHA LOVE THAT ALTAAF MATE

  • on November 11, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    SL played test cricket in Australia in 2008? not so sure mate, SL's last test tour to SL was Lasith Malinga's maiden Test match, Im talking about test cricket, look at my previous comment crefully. and the other thing is If you a judging a team by their performance in the past rather than present its rubbish. how do you or me know that tcurrent SL team can't beat SA in SA? I know that SL can beat Aus in Aus in ODI, becouse they just did that, you can't say SL will lose to SA this time because they lost to them 10 years ago!, can you, make sure you post only the truth next time!

  • altaaf on November 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002 yeh we clearly so the statue of India hosting the commonwealth Games, delays, Slippery track & field, animals running in Athletes apartment,dirty pools and swimmers getting sick and finally empty stadiums. 2018 Srilanka will win the bid to host then watch us. on the other hand Last time we played test in India we had to play against 12 players.

  • on November 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    @TimmyF_23. As I said earlier we do not need due credit from you or the other fans.But history will say SL beat AUS 2-1 in ODI and T20 as well.That no body can erase or denied.That is the fact.I know may be you are Aussie Indian fan (Indian who got AUS citizenship).May be you give bogus credit to IND too.But one thing is for sure AUS is most feared about SL than others.Then any fans having a doubt why I am saying like that.Reasons: so far no body beat AUS in WC final like SL (convinsingly).And also SL is the one and only team who beat AUS in T20 on there won backyard so far.SL having 50-50 wining ratio in WC finals against them (SL batted under the darkness).And also SL is team where they put AUS out of T20 WC in WIN.So they are many factors around them my friend.That why they do not like.But lot of other fans intersed more on SL than there own team.Do'nt forget that.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @ALTAAF OK SO U TALK ABOUT STUFF OUTSIDE CRICKET THEN MATE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WE STOOD SECOND IN THIS YEARS GAMES AND HOW MANY GOLD U WON CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WELL LESS THAN MY FIVE FINGERS THIS IS A CRICKET SHOW AND DONT TALK ABOUT DEMOGRAPHY AND OTHER SPORTS AS RUGBY AND BY THE WAY DO U SL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO HOST ANY SUCH EVENT WELL YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS MEDIOCRE AND SHAMBOLIC U CANT COMPARE THAT TO OUR STADIUMS FACILITY SO SRILANKA SHOULD NEVER EVER COMPARE ITSELF TO OTHERS JUST STRIVE TO SUCCESS UR OWN WAY BY THE WAY TALKING CRICKET YOU COWARDS HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH IN INDIA UDRS OR NOT MURALI OR NOT WINNING SPIRIT CANT BE HAMPERED BY ANYTHING ALONE UDRS CANT HELP ANYONE WIN THE TECHNOLOGY WHICH ITSELF AINT FOOLPROOF

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @TATTUs. We lost against AUS in AUS is true.If not umpire's blinder SL could have easily Level the series.Later umpire apologise as well for that incident.Early days we lost against SA but not resuntly.Those days we minnows.But now we are one of the leading cricket team in the world.When SL played against them in Last time we won the series with 2-0 (that too with World Record).That is why they do not like to play with SL.But when SA toured to IND they Level series on both occassion in resent years.Don't forget When SL played last time is with SA in SA is long time ago.We had a better record against them in ODI as well.We won 5-0 (whitewash) as well in ODI against them where IND can not even think about that.Apart from SL only AUS is manage to have better record against them.So if they give us a chance we will win.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker if you dont need our credit why do you sri lankans keep saying "aus should give credit when its due?" Ill tell you why, because deep down you no that Australia & world cricket didnt care about this series,Australia were not playing at full intensity and where doing various forms of fitness training for the ashes at the time of the series. So therefore your looking for justification for your series win, you know that every body knows the facts i previously stated and your insecure about what people think, which actually is "that they dont care about sri lankan cricket or wont recognise this series victory." As i said mate, we do give credit out where its due, for eg: IND deserved to beat us, well done. Sri lanka didnt deserve to win and did nothing to gain any credit from any cricket fan.

  • TATTUs on November 10, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    @amila sampath

    SL played in AUS in 2008! thats not 5 years is it?They still lost 2-0! Couldnt even draw one! Why would you go to SA> You were not able to even Draw more than one test there! LOL. Its as if - if you go there you will wreak havoc or something! LOL! Not even Drawn more than one, you are talking about winning!

  • on November 10, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002.This is the game, it is not to see who are rich or poor.It is not measuring Forbes Magazine to pubish.This is just a game like other sport.At that point we have to take all the actions to play fair game and minimize the error.For that everybody need UDRS.Even run out decision also not 100% foolproof still we are using.Then why cant we use UDRS?You know the answer..... @TimmyF_23 .We do not need your credit in this series and history will say SL win T20 & ODI series that it.Furher will say SL is the First team to beat AUS in AUS in T20 can you denied??...That too comprehencively.Your bowlers can not get those two wkts means that is inability of your bowlers and our batters ability.Nothing else.I know AUS never give any credits to anybody.That is there way.

  • on November 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002, OK MAN, YOU GUYS BECAME 2ND IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES, YOU GUYS ARE THE RICHEST OUT OF ALL BOARDS, SURESH RAINA EARNS MORE THAN SANGAKKARA.. OK IF YOU SAY SO, BUT EVENTUALLY THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, SL WON THE WORLD CUP IN 1996, ENTER THE SEMI FINALS IN 2003 AND FINALS IN 2007, WON THE ASIAN TEST CHAMPIONSHIP AND ETC.. BEING THE POOR NATION (AS YOU THINK) WE ARE WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS MUCH IN THIS SHORT TIME. BUT YOU GUYS, COULDN'T EVEN MAKE SUPER EIGHT IN LAST YEARS WORLD CUP, KICKED OUT OF THE LAST T20 WC'S EVEN BEFORE THE SEMI FINALS, ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY YAAR, ITS ABOUT PERFORMANCE!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 11, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    @ALTAAF WELL THEN WHY COULD NOT YOUR BOARD USED UDRS IN THIS YEAR'S INDIA SRI TEST SERIESU WERE THE HOSTS AND I AM ASKING ABOUT GOLD MEDALS WON HOW MANY U GOT ONE TWO LOOK THIS IS CRICKET SHOW U SHOULD NOT HAVE DRAGGED RUBGY INTO THIS AS SUCH WE HAVE ALREADY GOT CWG AND U ASK OF BIDDING A DECADE LATER AND 12 PLAYERS OR 15 PLAYERS WINNING SPIRIT DOES NOT HAMPER ANYTHING I THINK U PEOPLE JUST CANT ACCEPT THE HARD TRUTHS AND FACTS THAT EVEN AFTER U HAVING THE BEST OFF SPINNER IN WORLD U COULD NEVER WIN A TEST MATCH WITH HIM SHAMEFUL THAT U CANT DIGEST FACTS SORRY NATION PITY ON U GUYS STILL FEED ON BCCI DONT HAVE YOUR OWN AUTHORITY TO USE UDRS IN YOUR OWN NATION HAHAHAHAHAHA LOVE THAT ALTAAF MATE

  • on November 11, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    SL played test cricket in Australia in 2008? not so sure mate, SL's last test tour to SL was Lasith Malinga's maiden Test match, Im talking about test cricket, look at my previous comment crefully. and the other thing is If you a judging a team by their performance in the past rather than present its rubbish. how do you or me know that tcurrent SL team can't beat SA in SA? I know that SL can beat Aus in Aus in ODI, becouse they just did that, you can't say SL will lose to SA this time because they lost to them 10 years ago!, can you, make sure you post only the truth next time!

  • altaaf on November 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    harsh_vardhan2002 yeh we clearly so the statue of India hosting the commonwealth Games, delays, Slippery track & field, animals running in Athletes apartment,dirty pools and swimmers getting sick and finally empty stadiums. 2018 Srilanka will win the bid to host then watch us. on the other hand Last time we played test in India we had to play against 12 players.

  • on November 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    @TimmyF_23. As I said earlier we do not need due credit from you or the other fans.But history will say SL beat AUS 2-1 in ODI and T20 as well.That no body can erase or denied.That is the fact.I know may be you are Aussie Indian fan (Indian who got AUS citizenship).May be you give bogus credit to IND too.But one thing is for sure AUS is most feared about SL than others.Then any fans having a doubt why I am saying like that.Reasons: so far no body beat AUS in WC final like SL (convinsingly).And also SL is the one and only team who beat AUS in T20 on there won backyard so far.SL having 50-50 wining ratio in WC finals against them (SL batted under the darkness).And also SL is team where they put AUS out of T20 WC in WIN.So they are many factors around them my friend.That why they do not like.But lot of other fans intersed more on SL than there own team.Do'nt forget that.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @ALTAAF OK SO U TALK ABOUT STUFF OUTSIDE CRICKET THEN MATE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WE STOOD SECOND IN THIS YEARS GAMES AND HOW MANY GOLD U WON CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WELL LESS THAN MY FIVE FINGERS THIS IS A CRICKET SHOW AND DONT TALK ABOUT DEMOGRAPHY AND OTHER SPORTS AS RUGBY AND BY THE WAY DO U SL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO HOST ANY SUCH EVENT WELL YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS MEDIOCRE AND SHAMBOLIC U CANT COMPARE THAT TO OUR STADIUMS FACILITY SO SRILANKA SHOULD NEVER EVER COMPARE ITSELF TO OTHERS JUST STRIVE TO SUCCESS UR OWN WAY BY THE WAY TALKING CRICKET YOU COWARDS HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH IN INDIA UDRS OR NOT MURALI OR NOT WINNING SPIRIT CANT BE HAMPERED BY ANYTHING ALONE UDRS CANT HELP ANYONE WIN THE TECHNOLOGY WHICH ITSELF AINT FOOLPROOF

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @TATTUs. We lost against AUS in AUS is true.If not umpire's blinder SL could have easily Level the series.Later umpire apologise as well for that incident.Early days we lost against SA but not resuntly.Those days we minnows.But now we are one of the leading cricket team in the world.When SL played against them in Last time we won the series with 2-0 (that too with World Record).That is why they do not like to play with SL.But when SA toured to IND they Level series on both occassion in resent years.Don't forget When SL played last time is with SA in SA is long time ago.We had a better record against them in ODI as well.We won 5-0 (whitewash) as well in ODI against them where IND can not even think about that.Apart from SL only AUS is manage to have better record against them.So if they give us a chance we will win.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker if you dont need our credit why do you sri lankans keep saying "aus should give credit when its due?" Ill tell you why, because deep down you no that Australia & world cricket didnt care about this series,Australia were not playing at full intensity and where doing various forms of fitness training for the ashes at the time of the series. So therefore your looking for justification for your series win, you know that every body knows the facts i previously stated and your insecure about what people think, which actually is "that they dont care about sri lankan cricket or wont recognise this series victory." As i said mate, we do give credit out where its due, for eg: IND deserved to beat us, well done. Sri lanka didnt deserve to win and did nothing to gain any credit from any cricket fan.

  • TATTUs on November 10, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    @amila sampath

    SL played in AUS in 2008! thats not 5 years is it?They still lost 2-0! Couldnt even draw one! Why would you go to SA> You were not able to even Draw more than one test there! LOL. Its as if - if you go there you will wreak havoc or something! LOL! Not even Drawn more than one, you are talking about winning!

  • on November 10, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002.This is the game, it is not to see who are rich or poor.It is not measuring Forbes Magazine to pubish.This is just a game like other sport.At that point we have to take all the actions to play fair game and minimize the error.For that everybody need UDRS.Even run out decision also not 100% foolproof still we are using.Then why cant we use UDRS?You know the answer..... @TimmyF_23 .We do not need your credit in this series and history will say SL win T20 & ODI series that it.Furher will say SL is the First team to beat AUS in AUS in T20 can you denied??...That too comprehencively.Your bowlers can not get those two wkts means that is inability of your bowlers and our batters ability.Nothing else.I know AUS never give any credits to anybody.That is there way.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 9, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    YOU KNOW WHY WE DID NOT ACCEPT UDRS BECAUSE WE ARE NO 1 WE BRING MORE THAN 70% REVENUE IN ICC AND WE ARE THE RICHEST IN WORLD CRICKET OUR SURESH RAINA EARNS MORE THAN COMBINED MURALI AND SANGA OUR GRADE 4 CONTRACT HOLDERS GET EQUAL MONEY TO YOUR TOP CRICKET BREED AND IF WE DONT LIKE UDRS AND WE WILL OPPOSE IN EVERY SERIES UNTIL WE ARE SATISFIED THAT THE SYSTEM IS FOOLPROOF I DONT GIVE A DAMN IF NOBODY LIKES THIS COMMENT BUT THE FACT IS WE ARE THE RICHEST CRICKETERS

  • on November 9, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    @ TATTUs : Do you know that SL hasn't toured South Africa to play test cricket for a Decade, Do you know that SL hasn't played a test in Australia in something like 5 years? Then how can you say that this Sri Lankan Side is weak against these teams at home or away? be real mate!

  • altaaf on November 9, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Hi Indian guys it really does not matter what you think.... Srilanka population is 1.8% of your 100% population. but we are proud to produce such talented cricketers and sportsman out of 1.8% of your 100%. Just imagine if Srilanka has your population the amount of talent we would have produced. In Rugby History India Never beat us. Apart from cricket you have nothing. but we are producing better quality sports personal. I remember once we score almost 1000 runs in test against India, Sachin said we would score even 200 against India. Jayasuriya took you all for a ride at his peak.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 9, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    @Amila Sampath mate i always noted it was dumb bowling, but there is my point, rather than Sri Lanka winning the match Australia lost it. As for your point about the world cup final in 07, how did that help us? Both teams had the eqaul opportunity to play a 39 over game, we simply adapted much better. Infact, the shorter the game, the more chance the lesser team (Sri Lanka) has of winning so it actually helped you guys then as well. And yes mate, as an aussie fan i give credit where its due, however you have to earn my credit, and im sorry but sri lanka havent come close to winning any credit. They had two miserable batting collaspses out of 3 games, what does that say? As for their bowling, they rely on a bloke that throws the ball so no credit gained their either. So rather than you making yourself feel better by saying aussie fans should give credit where due, maybe ask yourselve, has sri lanka done anything to deserve credit... besides having the luck of god on their sides.

  • fadms on November 9, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    So funny how the Indian are screeching about our top order collapse in the 1st ODI..For a side which is said to be no. 1 what utter rubbish of a performance you put up against a weak NZ team which is struggling to revamp itself. Your so called batters were bundled out for 15 runs in a test match. and you have the nerve to comment about Sri Lanka's performance. you are the clowns of the cricketing world.

  • on November 9, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @TATTUs - India is bashed in forums because of people like you.You started dragging tests and everything into this forum.What does this has to do with India any way?And we are talking ODIs here.Why can't you go and comment on NZ and IND forums mate??Your top order is failing in batting friendly conditions against a NZ side who were battered in Bangladesh.So why don't you go and try to correct your mistakes??We have won.You couldn't win.In fact you just escaped defeat.If you can...answer any of the questions I put in my last comment you are more than welcome.No point wasting time asking the same questions over and over again.If you can't answer,please live in your sweet dream and let the other countries be.And please don't burn the houses of the Indian cricketers if they don't win the world cup.

  • TATTUs on November 9, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @pathirana

    I am not saying anyone is invincible.

    And why did you start bashing India? SL has won JUST 5 TESTS OUTSIDE THE SUBCONTINENT! NOT ONE in INDIA SOUTH AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA! In SOUTH AFRICA OUT OF 8 TESTS YOU HAVE JUST 1 DRAW! MAN oh MAN!

  • on November 9, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002- In 1993 eh...Just 10 years after SL got test status....When did India get test status???Let me guess...in 30s'.How old is India then in test cricket??50 years??can't be...Who got the first series win between the sides??SRI LANKA.Can't be no..they were just 3 years old in test cricket at the time(in 1985).India were so called world champions as well.Were they 50 years old??can't be...So how could they loose a test series to a side who were just 3 years old??And your Kapil Dev was in that side..wasn't he??If you have such a great batting line up and you are No1,why couldn't you win last two times?How could Mendis bother such a great line up??can't be no?.You guys didn't burn the houses of your players in late 90s.Even when you were loosing everything against Sri Lanka??Mind you India have even lost against ZIM.lol.You better try to win against ZIM.Ok forget all that.Answer one single question for me.Why cannot India accept UDRS if you are the best in the world

  • on November 9, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Sri lanka team was very amazing in this series. Austrailia team was not that bad but lankans made them look silly

  • on November 9, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    @TATTUs - Lolz man.No team is Invincible in cricket....Not even the Windies of the 70s',not even the Aussies of 2000s'.I hope you don't think that India is invincible????

  • joseyesu on November 9, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Cricket has last it's toughness. I wonder at the comments by sangakarra. Although the victory is in Aus, it is little weak at the moment. And also Ind at the top in Test. What is this?. warne, Mcgrath, hayden, Gilly, martin, symonds loss not only for Aus but also the to the whole world.

  • on November 9, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    @dhoni_hater. You beat AUS Gilly & Co when they are in Declining.Not at there peak.The same AUS team beaten by low ZIM as well.Before your Viru our Jayasuriya is hammered your bowlers all over the park in so many times.Who spoiedl Manoj Prabaker & V.Prasad's career?... Resently to we beat your team in Triangle series with your Viru.And also do not forget how beat SL in SL by 4-1 by toss.All the 4 occasion you won the toss and you won the match too.When SL won the toss(last match) we won by huge margin.It shows how you won these matches.Further your Viru has given so many chances to our fielders(fielders fault too) before he hammered.If our Sanath got that many chanses he will score even 500 in test matches.Murali got hammered when he Declining not at the peak.Mind it.Do not forget your bowlers records 3 Doulble centurian when we score 952.

  • on November 9, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    dhoni_hater: why talk about past man? its all about what happens in present. and at present Aussies are really missing Gilly, Mcgrath, Warne, Hayden, Waugh. No doubt about that. True SL couldn't beat Aussies against these legends in the game. But now the story is different. And about India, How many times Sewag bowled by Vaas in the first overs, when vaas was at his best? Indians couldn't win a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1996. SL haven't won in India either but that doesn't make SL less better than your highly overated Indian side.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 9, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    dhoni_hater: I also remember India getting hammered all over the park by bangladesh and SL and getting kicked out of the tournament in the 1st round which resulted Dhoni's house being stoned (You must have enjoyed it since your name is Dhoni_hater) and burning effigies. I also remember Murali wrecking through your overrated batsman and our batsman making a mockery out of your pathetic bowling line up. You can't even win against an INEXPERIENCED NZ team @ HOME and you still come here to brag about India in a Aus v SL article. India is the most overrated team in sporting history - more overrated than the English football team.

  • dhoni_hater on November 8, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Srilankan fans dont be so crazy that you won 2 match.. take a list of matches you have lost to india.. Remember how sehwag hammer all your bowlers especially your 800 wicket man murali also hammer many times by sehwag.. How many times you going to loss against india? You didnt beat the dominant aussie team who rule cricket for 10 years.. You just beat the ordinary aussie team..Gilchrist,hayden,mcgrath,lee,symonds,warne,martyn.. See the past how many times you beat This strong aussie team.. Remember 2007 world cup your team hammered all over the park by gilli

  • on November 8, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @ TimmyF_23 : Dumb bowling by Australia, thank god you finally admit that. If you say that SL got helped by rain, then what about the 2007 world cup final? And in the final ODI, the 5th String bowling line up you mentioned looked much better than your 1st string bowling line up. believe me you guys will at least able to draw some matches if you use that bowling line up. I have respect for cricketers like Hussy, Clark, Ponting, White, because they give credit where its due, as an Aussie fan, you better learn from these guys!

  • lananad on November 8, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    People who complained about SL winning the 1st ODI due to luck is all BS.It shows Austrailians inability to finish games and inability to bowl at tailenders. This is not ANYONE's fault. It is a week Australians bowling attack.Just accept the defeat and move on and forcus WC is around the corner.

  • lananad on November 8, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    People who complained about SL winning the 1st ODI due to luck is all BS.It shows Austrailians inability to finish games and inability to bowl at tailenders. This is not ANYONE's fault. It is a week Australians bowling attack.Just accept the defeat and move on and forcus WC is around the corner.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002 : When was the last time India won a test series in SL after SL became a full fledge team? (after 1996) Dude, everyone knows that India can only perform in India where there is no bounce because the overrated jokers cannot pull and hook. We all saw how the overrated jokers played in WI t20, ENG t20 & 2007 SA WCs. You're talking about 1993 test series hahhahaha guess WI are the best team since they won the 1st 3 WCs. You know what's funnier than magical mendis getting hammered? The entire Indian bowling line up getting hammered all across the park. Go win the series against SA and then talk but I highly doubt it will happen since you guys are struggling against NZ @ HOME. 15/5 hahahahaha

  • lananad on November 8, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Does'nt matter what people say. SriLanka being a small country have achieved so much. All those anti Srilankans just keep your mouth shut and see SL is going to win the World cup in feb. Don't be jealous SL playing as a team which very important to winning.

  • on November 8, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    It seems like, according to some of the Aussie supporters, Ashes is the only cricket Aussies care about, Ricky Ponting didn't play in that last ODI because the series was already decided 2-0, if it had been leveled by then he'd never take part in that practice game, even a school boy would realize that. and the only question I have is there weren't a single bowler to pick up Lasith Malinga's wicket in the first ODI (including the best strike bowler in Australia) I wonder how they gonna win ashes this time, their bowlers are good on a helpful deck like Gaba, but in good batting wickets, which you would normally find in Australia they are helpless. and that's what happened to Aussies during this tournament. There's no point in using "lack of interest" as an matter of excuse.

  • on November 8, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    @ TATTUs : Pointing was just too afraid of loosing the third game and to get his name tarnished. So he ran that all i can say. otherwise why did he come to the 2nd ODI. he could have just not played at all? He left clark to be hanged but lucky for AUS , SL are weak against swing in bouncy wicket, so they lost this match. That's the tuth. But come WC you will be playing in our pitches... so come and repeat that if you can!!! because we sure are going send AUS packing home very earlier if you play the way that was played most of this tournament.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    @TATTUs: We'll see that next year when SL play OZ in OZ next year. Till then just be a good boy/girl and don't cry that SL beat OZ okay? Also, players who actually captained the side (Clarke & Ponting) said they were outperformed by SL. Reason Ponting went on to play the shield game was because the 3rd match was a dead rubber. If it was a practice series, Why do you think Johnsson, Hadding, Watson, Clarke, 2 Husseys played against SL? They could've sent them to play test cricket and selected a 2nd 11. But it's okay, it's long being a trait of Indians and Aussies to come up with excuses when they lose. Indians - both players and supporters. OZ - Only supporters.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 8, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Interesting to note that Sangakara regards winning a series where he won the first game of the series thanks to tail order slogging and dumb bowling by australia, another victory thanks to the rain, and then being demolished by a 5th string bowling line up with all focus on the ashes as hist finest series win as captain. With thought process like this it is no wonder sri lankan cricket is never improving, they are happy with mediocrity, and that there lies the problem.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 8, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    @KASUN ARUNODA PATHIRANA the truth is that out of 13 bilateral series played between india and srilanka its INDIA-6 AND SRILANKA-3 and 1993 test series was won by india IN SRILANKA read it once again and check out cricinfo statistics for its affirmation by the thing which is surprising is you guys have not won a test match in india so so so poor and funny is nt it??????? yeah it surely is.instead of accepting your faults and endeavouring it to rectify you guys always live in a state of denial so stop this nonsense and try and win a test match in india by the way there aint murali anymore neither ur MAGICAL mendis who was spanked everywhere in 2009 series hahahhahahah by the way u guys even have not won and odi series in india how is that for stat check out cricinfo stat for its validity too mate as u refer

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @kASUN

    LOL! Invincible? A team which has won JUST 4 TESTS outside the subcontinent!

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    @nav84smom You come no where near to beat Australia in a full tour of tests. Sangakkara saying beating this team, where ponting [again] PRACTICED for a SHIELD game instead of playing ODI, which was waiting for the Ashes since the India series was over is baffling to me. Even in India, 2 ODIs were lost to rain and important players had already left without playing ODIs. This shows how keen are Aussies to regain the Ashes instead of playing dibly dobly cricket of 3 ODIs stuffed up. Thats what I meant with UNINTERESTED. It is different from 'uninterested in T20'.

    Now if you play them after the Ashes, you will get an interested team and you will see the difference.

  • on November 8, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @nav84smom - Nice one mate....

    @Rosh1 - yeah we need him....if he comes in and plays the way he knows how to play.We are almost invincible.But mind you,no team is invincible in cricket...lolz

  • Diniduwk on November 8, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Naddem your right two matches win is nothing ? but wat about series win ? be practical 3 matches also international series. and i just cant understand cricket is gentleman game give respect to those teams when they do well. i am really proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • skkh on November 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Why is that to praise someone we need to degrade the other team? Without doubt Sri Lanka was the better side and fully deserve the T20 and ODI's in Australia. Australia played rubbish cricket and deserved to lose. But where is the need to hurl abuses at Australia? Australia has been on the top for years and any other team will not find it easy to emulate them. The Aussies are in the rebuilding stage and maybe it will take quite some time for them to be as competitive as others. But they are fighters and they will fight tooth and nail. Let us not hurl abuses at them. Not very long back India was a side who lost to every Tom Dick and Harry and once they lose Tendulkar, dravid and Laxman it will not have the strong batting that they have today. Let us sit back and enjoy the good cricket.

  • Rosh1 on November 8, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka lacks stability and experiance in the middle order. Hello .... where is Samaraweera for this job?

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @TATTUs: Yeah Yeah we all know that Aussies are very fond of giving the 'uninterested' excuse whenever they lose. T20 WC in England, Aussies got kicked out in the 1st round by SL and Aussie media said that they are not taking t20 seriously. Then when OZ qualified to the finals Aussie media said that OZ has started to take t20 seriously. Then quite surprisingly OZ lost any interest in t20 once they got trashed by SL @ home. Maybe you can come up with the same excuse when OZ lose the ashes and then the WC - Australian cricket team is not interested in cricket. What a joke!

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    @ TATTUs : Beating an uninterested team? you mean the Aussies weren't interested in India too? To be really honest I don't think beating Australia is the best of Sanga's captaincy, there are much better teams than Australia these days. by the way, did you see how Australians played at Perth? Sri Lankanas handled the bounce much better than they did, on the other had, I'd say SL were uninterested in the last ODI & also giving their youngsters a chance having won the series. you might say Aussies were focused on winning the world cup than wining ashes as soon as they get thrashed by England this time... lol

  • on November 8, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    well well we can see how OZ supporters are down at the moment.. Don't worry guys OZ bad days just started see they gonna lose Ashes in their home soil.. Well played Sri Lanka & Sanga... Cheers.. p.s. Come on England..

  • on November 8, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @CricketHERO-Cardman - I hope you are not suggesting that Kirmani, Kapil Dev partnership was also luck???Are you?

  • on November 8, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @Rasanga - I totally agree with you.We need the solidness in the middle order and for that we need Samaraweera in the side.I think we can afford that with the kind of hitting power in the batting we have.A player like him can guide the chase nicely.And add to that he is in killer form.And although Tharanga is a talented guy,I still think Mahela should be the opener because if Samaraweera comes to the middle.He can provide that solidity.That one batsmen is the only worry we have.Every other department is taken care of and the machine is rolling nicely. OMG...I ALMOST FORGOT MY LOVELY INDIANS.When Malinga and Mathews wins the game its a the top order failiure,but when Ishanth and Lakxman wins its a great come back.Seriously guys,do you think all the other people are deaf and dumb?? @harsh_vardhan2002 - specially for you mate.Why can't India win a test series in Sri Lanka????Let's not start your cry baby stuff about UDRS.You are so scared of the truth.Typical Indians.

  • lananad on November 8, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Sad to see people giving all negative thoughts about SL's Win. Ausies were totally outplayed and their doing downhil.

    Also whoever filter these comments publish only comments agaist SL. Please be reasonable,you could be an Ausie or End supports. doesn't matter hust do you jod right.

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    LOL! Beating an uninterested team is best of his captaincy. LOL again. Ponting PRACTICED for a shield match instead of playing this thing. Even the Aussie supporters were uninterested.

    Now lets look forward to some cricket with Ashes coming up. On the other hand India are going to the saffers as well.

  • Nadeem1976 on November 8, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Two matches win is nothing. Concentrate on big things like WC or Champion trophy. Australia was just not putting their 100% before ashes but dont get carried away by this victory, last match showed that how bad Asian teams can play in Australia when australia wants to win. Good win for Srilanka but three matches are not enough to enjoy , try to win WC and then enjoy.

  • CricketHERO-Cardman on November 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    I do not feel that Sri Lanka won the series as the 1st ODI was won more by luck than by skill. I may be wrong and it wasn't a luck. It would be luck if Malinda and Matthews only had some 20 runs to hit and win. They played for some 100 more runs! Thats massive! and a world record!

    It would be a true win if Sri Lanka won at the Gabba ODI, however that was a comprehensive loss. Sri Lanka's only comprehensive win was the 2nd ODI. Sri Lanka should have used the oppotunity and have given the other young players like Chandimal a go and rested Mahela, who was in rather poor form this time round.

  • on November 7, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Don't worry guys!! we win the cup!! Forget about the last game.. and Mahela need to improve the batting. he is da best batsman we got. so we need him to fire, and sang need to improve too.. they just throw away the wickets one after the other. we cant let this happen in WC. we need to focus on our team batting. and more over I would say Vaas would be a good choice in asian grounds. he is still playing well. so we should give him a chance too. Dilahara should drop, because it is so many years that he cant control the No-ball error. If he can't control it how can he control the ball. so he need to be doped even though he ball well. No options. So i think they we should re build our team wat ever happen we gona win the WORLD CUP!!!!!!

  • SupernDutta on November 7, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    With result of this series here comes the decleration of downfall of aussies era..Aussies are surely going down this Ashes yet again..Lanka U rock!!!

  • Roshini on November 7, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Surely SL can rejoice at the momentary series win on Aussie land. But if you analyze all three matches closely one definitely feel God's handy work here. First he let a mighty miracle unfold after the scoreboard read 8/107 to win the match. ( A miracle in every sense because from the time SL was known to play cricket a match has never been won from a position of 8/107 ) Secondly he let a mini miracle take shape by having the interference of Duckworth/Lewis at the most appropriate time making it physically and mentally challenging for the opposition to win and Thirdly he decided to turn away from letting miracles happen and SL was blown away for 115. Time has come now to decide whether SL played with any conviction to be worthy winners of the silverware. Long long way to go to challenge the best in convincing style.

  • on November 7, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    I think this defeat is good, at least we know that the middle order needs work. It's been one of our greatest weaknesses, ever since Arnold retired there has been no one who could lift the side when they were down. Samaraweera and Kandamby can play that role but the latter needs to work on his strike rate if he has any hopes of making the side again.

  • on November 7, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Top Contenders for the worldcup 2011 along with India .. no doubt About It !

  • vcvidath34 on November 7, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Sanga ,,, Finally you done it... GREAT ....

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on November 7, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    The story ain't finished Sanga buddy. Today's loss exposed several weaknesses in SL's batting. Our middle order crumbles more often than pack of recycled cards. Drop Mahela - he's become too compacent; never really proved his worth in ODI's. The fella's very consistent - consistent in failing that is. He's been getting away with it when far more accomplished performers like M Atapattu, R Arnold and C Vaas were fed to the dogs. Get Chandimal in. He's nearly there. Talent scout and groom a few other young batsmen. Or else, we'll fall down sooner than a teenager falling in love.

  • stormy16 on November 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Yep great win this and all credit to the team BUT it needs to be pointed out that SL were 100+ for 8 in two of the games which really shows up the gap in the batting. They were lucky in one and got hammered in the other. The batting around Sanga and Mahele needs to be stronger and this had been the case for a while and still no real talent in sight - both Chamara's continue to fail and Tharanga is up and down and best. the team needs to focus on the gaps to be the best.

  • jn8899 on November 7, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka!!! Many pundits said it'll be a 3-0 for Oz,But we turned the tables!!!

  • on November 7, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Don't be relax my friend.....best of your captaincy is ahead....2011 WC....

  • on November 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Would have been nice if Sri Lankans could end in a high note...anyway WC coming close they should not worry too much about the loss in Gabba as long as they keep the spirit and momentum going. I'm sure team didn't take the match lightly although they wouldn't have been prepared well enough for the pacy track as they did in Wacca. The good thing is the defeat reminds a fact which could have been forgotten easily. Their overall batting failed more than not.(they were 107/8 at the MCG!)

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    well thats the only worthy thing uhave done mate cant win test series in INDIA got spanked 2-0 and could not win at home even after having favourable home conditions and could not convince BCCI for UDRS even after being hosts poor well anyways atleast try and win against west indies which i guess anyone should in their home conditions and finally some thing to cheer for our very old murali held onto some fantastic catches in oz well as they say years of hard work does pay off murali would have liked atleast atleast one TEST match for sure any ways cheers guys for a series win in OZ

  • on November 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Awesome work by the Lankans....Great work Sanga...you have one more big step to go past great Arjuna...If you do that,I think he will also be happy.Because both of you are proud sons of our nation. I am looking for some Indians who were predicting 3-0 for Aussies. I am pretty sure they might have excuses on behalf of Aussies...Bring it on guys...We need a after party...lolz

  • Marcio on November 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Well done SL. However it pays to keep things in perspective. The writer says... "After their batting was so strong over the rest of the tour". I'm not buying that bit. The SL batting was annihilated in the first and 3rd games. In the end SL won the series on the back of a miracle by a single player - Malinga - a BOWLER who averaged 7 runs an innings before that lst game. All the best to him, but as was seen in the 3rd game, the one shot he hit in the air went to the fielder and he was out, whereas in the 1st game shot after shot after short fell into the gaps. As they say, fortune favours the brave, but in that degree only once in a lifetime. The series could and should have been lost in the first game.

  • Nathan_123 on November 7, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Well done Srilanka on your first historic series win in Australia. I wish they had won the last game as well. The boy's body language weren't as good as the previous games. I can understand this, as it was a dead rubber game. Anyway you have done the job. Enjoy the momoment!

  • on November 7, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Sanga did it for the first time of the SL cricket history.. Congratulation for the Sri Lankan team.. with this performance You have a great chance to win the WC 2011 Title

  • Cricketlover645 on November 7, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Well done Sanga & the team for the series win....

  • JPB334 on November 7, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka will not win the world cup. In this coming world cup you are going to have to win 3 elimination matches in a row to lift the trophy (Quarter, Semi & Final). Going by this series Sri Lanka will make the final again and lose.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 7, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Big 3 scored only 1 run. That is the worry. Aussie young bowlers did the job very well.

  • thewayitwass on November 7, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    indicative of lankas poor record away that a 2-1 victory, where the first game masked shocking top order batting, against an aussie team with ashes focus and a 3RD STRING bowling lineup, rates as his best series win as captain.

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  • thewayitwass on November 7, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    indicative of lankas poor record away that a 2-1 victory, where the first game masked shocking top order batting, against an aussie team with ashes focus and a 3RD STRING bowling lineup, rates as his best series win as captain.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 7, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Big 3 scored only 1 run. That is the worry. Aussie young bowlers did the job very well.

  • JPB334 on November 7, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka will not win the world cup. In this coming world cup you are going to have to win 3 elimination matches in a row to lift the trophy (Quarter, Semi & Final). Going by this series Sri Lanka will make the final again and lose.

  • Cricketlover645 on November 7, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Well done Sanga & the team for the series win....

  • on November 7, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Sanga did it for the first time of the SL cricket history.. Congratulation for the Sri Lankan team.. with this performance You have a great chance to win the WC 2011 Title

  • Nathan_123 on November 7, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Well done Srilanka on your first historic series win in Australia. I wish they had won the last game as well. The boy's body language weren't as good as the previous games. I can understand this, as it was a dead rubber game. Anyway you have done the job. Enjoy the momoment!

  • Marcio on November 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Well done SL. However it pays to keep things in perspective. The writer says... "After their batting was so strong over the rest of the tour". I'm not buying that bit. The SL batting was annihilated in the first and 3rd games. In the end SL won the series on the back of a miracle by a single player - Malinga - a BOWLER who averaged 7 runs an innings before that lst game. All the best to him, but as was seen in the 3rd game, the one shot he hit in the air went to the fielder and he was out, whereas in the 1st game shot after shot after short fell into the gaps. As they say, fortune favours the brave, but in that degree only once in a lifetime. The series could and should have been lost in the first game.

  • on November 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Awesome work by the Lankans....Great work Sanga...you have one more big step to go past great Arjuna...If you do that,I think he will also be happy.Because both of you are proud sons of our nation. I am looking for some Indians who were predicting 3-0 for Aussies. I am pretty sure they might have excuses on behalf of Aussies...Bring it on guys...We need a after party...lolz

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    well thats the only worthy thing uhave done mate cant win test series in INDIA got spanked 2-0 and could not win at home even after having favourable home conditions and could not convince BCCI for UDRS even after being hosts poor well anyways atleast try and win against west indies which i guess anyone should in their home conditions and finally some thing to cheer for our very old murali held onto some fantastic catches in oz well as they say years of hard work does pay off murali would have liked atleast atleast one TEST match for sure any ways cheers guys for a series win in OZ

  • on November 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Would have been nice if Sri Lankans could end in a high note...anyway WC coming close they should not worry too much about the loss in Gabba as long as they keep the spirit and momentum going. I'm sure team didn't take the match lightly although they wouldn't have been prepared well enough for the pacy track as they did in Wacca. The good thing is the defeat reminds a fact which could have been forgotten easily. Their overall batting failed more than not.(they were 107/8 at the MCG!)