Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 December 30, 2011

'We choked them really nicely' - Jayasuriya

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Sanath Jayasuriya believes Sri Lanka's historic win over South Africa in Durban could rival their triumph over England at The Oval 13 years ago as the country's most significant victory outside the subcontinent. Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka captain, scored a sensational double-hundred while Muttiah Muralitharan took 16 wickets in that match, which was achieved under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. The Kingsmead win was Sri Lanka's first since Muralitharan retired 16 months ago and gave Tillakaratne Dilshan his first success as captain.

"This win is very important because of all these dramas the cricketers have gone through," a delighted Jayasuiya told ESPNcricinfo. "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."

Russell Arnold, who was in Sri Lanka's squad for the 1998 England tour, told ESPNcricinfo in his post-match analysis he regarded the South African success as even sweeter than the win over England because of the current state of the team. With two of their bowling stalwarts, Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, retired and their impressive batting line-up, which includes Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, constantly under-performing in the last six months, Arnold said Sri Lanka's performance in Durban defied belief. No-one, not even Arnold, thought they would be able to compete and challenge South Africa on home soil.

Sri Lanka were shot out for 180 and 150 in the first Test in Centurion and Jayasuriya said their failure to adapt to conditions was worrying, but not insurmountable. On a less hostile surface, which allowed for a more even contest between bat and ball, it was South Africa who looked unable to adjust. Sri Lanka boasted two hundreds in the match, having only had one of their countrymen score a century in South Africa before, as both Thilan Samaraweera and Sangakkara achieved milestones.

"We choked them really nicely, We've seen with their history when it comes to crunch situations they don't do well."
Sanath Jayasuriya

"It was exactly what I said before. We needed partnerships and one of the top six to get a hundred. That was the key," Jayasuriya said, "Once we were able to put on more than 300, it gives the bowlers something to work with." Sri Lanka scored 338 in the first innings, thanks to Samaraweera's efforts and a crucial partnership with debutant wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal.

The bowlers made use of the uneven bounce and turn out of the rough to run through South Africa for 168 and then Sangakkara returned to form with a century that took the match away from the hosts. Sangakkara had scores of 1, 2 and 0 in his previous three innings and was dropped on 3 in Durban, something which Jayasuriya said would have been his signal to end his barren patch. "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."

Chandimal also featured in a century stand in the second innings, with Sangakkara, to cap off a solid maiden Test. "I am very happy for him," said Jayasuriya. "The selectors gave him an opportunity and he used it well."

Collectively, as Arnold said, rather than through a handful of performances from top players, Sri Lanka preyed on South Africa's weaknesses - which ranged from tentativeness against a disciplined attack to an incurable mindset, stuck in the three previous defeats they have sunk to in Durban. It was this mental aspect that Jayasuriya said opened a crack for Sri Lanka and they did well not to waste it.

"We choked them really nicely," Jayasuriya said, using a word that 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."

Jayasuriya expects South Africa to make the home advantage count in the decider in Cape Town, which starts on Tuesday. "They won't want a flat wicket, so they will probably prepare something with pace and bounce," he said. However, the Newlands pitch is the surface which best accommodates spin, which will be welcome news for Rangana Herath and Sri Lanka's batsmen, who will likely feel a little more at home in South Africa now.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Rahul_78 on January 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I visualize Smith thanking Sanath after the 3rd test like Dilshan thanked Kepler...! It is not a gentlemen behavior to kick someone when he is down..!

  • Charindra on January 2, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    IMO, Sanath should not rub it in. That's not our style, as we're not India. We did brilliantly to win the match, and it was an outstanding team effort! Well done to the boys. But let's not put SA down. They're a fantastic cricketing nation.

  • Akheel on January 2, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    A test win in SA-CHECKED!

  • McGorium on January 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    @ area1985: I'm not sure you know what you are talking about, mate. Zaheer averages 30 because India plays 50% of its games on flat tracks or turning tracks. Zak bowls a few overs and cools his heels at fine leg. Malinga, Fernando average 30+ too, for the same reason. Hardly any modern subcontinental quick has an avg below 30 because they go for runs with the new ball, and only mange wickets with the old ball. Mohd Asif is an exception, but he hardly played in the subcontinent for obvious reasons. FYI, Ishant Sharma, when not injured is consistently over 140. He lost pace and form in 2009-10, but since then is back around 140-150. He hit 150 during the MCG game. You clearly haven't watched him rip Ponting apart in 2008. The fact is, if SRL's fast bowling were good, they'd win more matches overseas. They don't. Vaas was the only half-decent pace bowler SRL ever had, and if Murali was neutralized due to the pitch conditions, it was a given that SRL would struggle.

  • Sudu_putha on January 2, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I AGREE WITH SANA... SA ARE CHOKERS.. HAVE THEY EVER MADE TO A WC FINALS??? They dont perform well under presure.. Well said Sanath

  • Quizzy on January 2, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Savour the taste of what was a magical performance. Well deserved!! But let's not keep looking back, coz we might stumble on what is ahead. SA has every right to prepare a green top for SL and will come harder than ever. How we wish to see No 4 making his elegant runs!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @Louis De Klerk, funny how you are willing to secede part of the country to make Durban not a home ground. Actually it is pretty pathetic and I'm glad that not many of your countrymen share your views. Having said that, Sana is making a habit of making inappropriate comments. Like someone said, he doesn't need to copy other pundits (read has-beens) in making grandiose statements which are hurtful to the public of other countries. That should be left to forum commenters (read wanna-bes).

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    The Proteas, their collective national pride badly damaged, will bounce back and defeat the Lankans in the final Test. Everyone knows SL hasn't been playing well recently and they simply caught the Saffies by surprise in the last Test. Congrats to them. When you total only 168 runs in your first occupation of the crease, you're not likely to win. They will make the gloating Jayasuriya eat some crow, especially Steyn. Mr. 5-For man, Philander is back and that will help the Saffies' cause. What ever happened to JP Duminy?

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Say what you want, Jayasuriya, but one thing you can't say (IMO) is that South Africa was beaten on home soil. Kingsmead has proven itself to be a neutral ground at best for South Africa, so I think we can say that Sri Lanka defeated SA on a neutral ground. Still a good accomplishment, but what we learnt from this test was first and foremost that SA does not get good support or good results in Durban, and should not play tests there (esp. against subcontinent teams) for the forseeable future.

    Its not about the pitch, crowd support (or the lack of it, in the case of Kingsmead) is vital.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Dear Sanath .. ! For God's sake please keep quiet. It's our boys with Guts and determination who did it. They deserve it. And don't forget. This is the ground where Aus were all out for mere 47. Say something for our players to boost their morale. Don't humiliate SL. Boasting is not our SL style. I apologize from SA Public. And best of luck for our Boys in the Third Test.

  • Rahul_78 on January 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I visualize Smith thanking Sanath after the 3rd test like Dilshan thanked Kepler...! It is not a gentlemen behavior to kick someone when he is down..!

  • Charindra on January 2, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    IMO, Sanath should not rub it in. That's not our style, as we're not India. We did brilliantly to win the match, and it was an outstanding team effort! Well done to the boys. But let's not put SA down. They're a fantastic cricketing nation.

  • Akheel on January 2, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    A test win in SA-CHECKED!

  • McGorium on January 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    @ area1985: I'm not sure you know what you are talking about, mate. Zaheer averages 30 because India plays 50% of its games on flat tracks or turning tracks. Zak bowls a few overs and cools his heels at fine leg. Malinga, Fernando average 30+ too, for the same reason. Hardly any modern subcontinental quick has an avg below 30 because they go for runs with the new ball, and only mange wickets with the old ball. Mohd Asif is an exception, but he hardly played in the subcontinent for obvious reasons. FYI, Ishant Sharma, when not injured is consistently over 140. He lost pace and form in 2009-10, but since then is back around 140-150. He hit 150 during the MCG game. You clearly haven't watched him rip Ponting apart in 2008. The fact is, if SRL's fast bowling were good, they'd win more matches overseas. They don't. Vaas was the only half-decent pace bowler SRL ever had, and if Murali was neutralized due to the pitch conditions, it was a given that SRL would struggle.

  • Sudu_putha on January 2, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I AGREE WITH SANA... SA ARE CHOKERS.. HAVE THEY EVER MADE TO A WC FINALS??? They dont perform well under presure.. Well said Sanath

  • Quizzy on January 2, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Savour the taste of what was a magical performance. Well deserved!! But let's not keep looking back, coz we might stumble on what is ahead. SA has every right to prepare a green top for SL and will come harder than ever. How we wish to see No 4 making his elegant runs!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @Louis De Klerk, funny how you are willing to secede part of the country to make Durban not a home ground. Actually it is pretty pathetic and I'm glad that not many of your countrymen share your views. Having said that, Sana is making a habit of making inappropriate comments. Like someone said, he doesn't need to copy other pundits (read has-beens) in making grandiose statements which are hurtful to the public of other countries. That should be left to forum commenters (read wanna-bes).

  • on January 2, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    The Proteas, their collective national pride badly damaged, will bounce back and defeat the Lankans in the final Test. Everyone knows SL hasn't been playing well recently and they simply caught the Saffies by surprise in the last Test. Congrats to them. When you total only 168 runs in your first occupation of the crease, you're not likely to win. They will make the gloating Jayasuriya eat some crow, especially Steyn. Mr. 5-For man, Philander is back and that will help the Saffies' cause. What ever happened to JP Duminy?

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Say what you want, Jayasuriya, but one thing you can't say (IMO) is that South Africa was beaten on home soil. Kingsmead has proven itself to be a neutral ground at best for South Africa, so I think we can say that Sri Lanka defeated SA on a neutral ground. Still a good accomplishment, but what we learnt from this test was first and foremost that SA does not get good support or good results in Durban, and should not play tests there (esp. against subcontinent teams) for the forseeable future.

    Its not about the pitch, crowd support (or the lack of it, in the case of Kingsmead) is vital.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Dear Sanath .. ! For God's sake please keep quiet. It's our boys with Guts and determination who did it. They deserve it. And don't forget. This is the ground where Aus were all out for mere 47. Say something for our players to boost their morale. Don't humiliate SL. Boasting is not our SL style. I apologize from SA Public. And best of luck for our Boys in the Third Test.

  • Dimitri_SL on January 1, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Sana....we will always remember and cherish your services to SL cricket..and you will always be the ORIGINAL MASTER BLASTER.. But comments like those are pushing it over the edge... You don't have to hop on the bandwagon with our Neighboring country in trying to win Cricket matches on online forums like these, despite their team failing miserably on the field.nor you'll have to retaliate to certain comments made by certain empty vessels. We are much better people than that...Let our boys on field performances do the talking instead, Im sure they will not disappoint you. All the best Sri Lanka for the 3rd test.

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Sanath .. ! For God's sake please keep quiet. It's our boys with Guts and determination who did it. They deserve it. And don't forget. This is the ground where Aus were all out for mere 47. Say something for our players to boost their morale. Don't humiliate SL. Boasting is not our SL style. I apologize from SA Public. And best of luck for our Boys in the Third Test.

  • ChrisPerera on January 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    How come SJ have a different stance after winning the 2nd test?

  • S.Jagernath on January 1, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Why should South Africa produce a pitch to suit both teams?Sri Lanka always sets turners for them!The Kingsmead pitch seemed to turn to suit Sri Lanka a lot more as it was turning sharply on day 2.Sri Lanka have got enough help at Kingsmead,South Africa should replicate the Kingsmead of 2010 at Newlands

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Dear Sanath..! For god's sake please keep quiet till the end of Series. It's our Boys with guts and determination who did it. Don't forget that this is the ground where Aus were all out for mere 47. Boasting is not our style. And best of luck to our SL Boys in the 3rd Test.

  • KosalaDeSilva on January 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    I was wondering why IIC ranking not changed after 21st. december...even after two tests , by the end of the year? may be it will take some time?

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ Vleis : hey Can't you remember your Most out standing batman Jack Kallies have'nt score any century against SL and in the Last Test he deserved his first mark of zero at the test match...so is this very impressive record for him???? Sri Lankan team is very poor???? Are you cazy man? runners up of the world cup 2011 ?.. if we focus on South Africa team , which a very poor team and it cannot perform well outside the Country. Are you remember last time they visited SL (2006) All the Test series they lost and Sri Lanka has made highest Test partnership of any Wicket during above series.So how do you saying SA as a Good team?// EVEN UPTO DATE , THEY STILL NOT ABEL TO CAME TO A ICC WORLD CUP , T20 or a ICC CHAMPIONS THROPY. Sri Lanka was won Worldcup in 1996 and They won ICC Champions Th ropy in 2003 and in the T20 2009 world cup they were runners up ( won 11 matches out of 12) .So How could you compare these facts against team like Sri Lanka? ??????????????????????????????????

  • area1985 on January 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @McGorium actualy u didn't notice how many matches srilanka played outside compared to india during last 15 years before making a comparison ur self. srilanka last toured south afria in 2002 and dilhara fernando nearly won a match for sl when he took 4 wickets in 2nd innings before sa tail manage to edge with 3 wickets win, dilhara then when to make the highest wicket taker in 2002/2003 vb series in all 3 teams, he has continuously bowled over 145-150 in 2002/2003 before he got injured for long time, unlike zaheer khan who given chances to explore in aus/eng/sa wickets more often than srilankan bowlers, they got helped buy the swing favored conditions, but still averages well over 30 which is only half decent for swing bowler.bowling handful number of devilries for 145 like ishan sharma doesn't mean he is a general fast bowler like malinga,dilhara, who manage to constantly trouble top order batsman on sa& aus. umesh yadev & varon aron have much more to prove to become world class.

  • HLANGL on January 1, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @"Posted by McGorium on (December 31 2011, 20:08 PM GMT) ": Jayasuriya may have been somewhat inconsistent throughout his career, true, still it was more due to the nature of game he played. Unlike S'karas, Mahelas, etc. he took risk from the first few overs, so the chance for being consistent was much less. Still he has pretty decent averages in tests & ODI especially given the high risk taking game he played & also given the fact that he was almost wasted batting down the older during the initial few years. Most people forget the fact that J'ya is still the batsman from Sri Lanka having more hundreds in Aus, SA & Eng. In Aus, he has 4, 3 in ODIs & 1 in tests. In SA, he has 2 in ODIs. In England, he has 4, 3 in ODIs, a double hundred in tests. In addition he has scored 253 against Pakistan in Pakistan against a pretty decent attack having Aktar, etc., where rest of the team faliling. In NZ, he has another ODI hundred.In all he has 42 international hundreds, 28 in ODIs, 14 in tests.

  • prksinghg on January 1, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    i dont understand why some people want to get rid of dilhara. please dont look at his statistics, because it does not show what he has done for the team.he has a remarkable skill to create problems to a well settled batsmen. I think the wickets he has taken so far worth twice as it compared to a another bowler.he is a definite match winner. he takes wickets when we least expected and in the past have create many turning points. i do agree , he is not suitable for a long spell. but if captain use him wisely with short spells with maximum of 2 overs is would be more useful than now.

  • CaptSK on January 1, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @ Mcgorium, There is an article about Sri Lanka's five greatest wins. Sanath played in 3 of those. One at home and two away. In both away matches Sana scored two double hundreds. In the home match he made 47 and 73. Sana ended his test career with his average close to Aravinda de silva. Not a bad record by any means.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    congrats SL ,ang goog luck

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ thombking "One swallow does not make a summer" - we all know that, its not just you who knows this saying. Well, no one, not even the SL fans are calling/declaring it a "summer", but we are merely reflecting on a historic win (in the sense that it was SL first win SA, in case you did not understand the meaning of historic win) and I dont think there is anything wrong in a former captain and team member celebrating a sweet victory (which seems very bitter to you).

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Sanath appears to be the Kepler of SL. Only far worse. If SA are able to blitz SL at Newlands they would have Jayasuriya to thank for the additional motivation. It was utterly callous and insensitive of him to use a term SA are sensitive to. Being a veteran of many games, losses and failures, he should know any side could have a bad day or game. It's hard to imagine Mahela or even Sanga or others to use such language. As a Sri Lanka fan, I too apologize to all South Africans.

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    I agree with McGorium totally. What do you expect from Sanath? He is a POLITICIAN. Please Sanath do not jump the gun. SA is a very good team and we were lucky and had the upper hand during the 2nd test. Good luck SL for the next test match. You will be needing all the luck that you can find. Give us a good contest.

  • SLfan on January 1, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @ Shokat Shah - Thanks and welcome mate...You people always supportive for us and we consider you guys as our true neighbors.

  • on January 1, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    It doesn't matter if SL win or lose next one....WELL DONE LIONS...

  • sunny33012000 on January 1, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    It a very good win, and Congrads to the team, as they were back to the walls and their work cut out. But I really surprised to see Sanath lashing out and trying to share the glory , which is little bit hilarious. South Africans did had a little hicup but nothing to worry about, which is better than the current sri lankan record, which sri lanka over the last 16 could not win a single test (home and away), Although lankan won this test, it's not a good thing to look down on SA team, it does not say the team is consistant. At the moment sri lankans are over the moon, (which is really good to see for a such a nation who has gone through such a phase) jaya should not follow the keppler's foot steps. (any way he is politician)

  • McGorium on December 31, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    @ area1985: Actually, Zaheer is more than half decent, and in his younger days, clocked 145+. He cut his speed to avoid injuries... he was even more injury prone then. I wouldn't put Dilhara in the same league as Zaheer though. Zaheer is a far more skilled bowler, esp over the last 5 yrs or so. Ishant Sharma and Umesh yadav clock 145+, and Ishant has crossed 150 on quite a few occasions.At any rate, well done, SRL. I'm glad that they have won. I was concerned that SRL were going downhill after Murali, Vaas, and Maliga pulled out of the longer format of the game. I was particularly irritated by Jayasuriya's earlier comment about batsmen not playing responsibly (when has he ever done so overseas. He only ever made runs against weak bowling, flat pitches or both). Glad to see him eat his words, graciously.

  • on December 31, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    CONGRATES TO SL BROTHERS, AND VERY VERY WELL WISHES FROM PAKISTANIES: AND THAX FOR SUPPORTING OUR CRICKET.

  • mehulmatrix on December 31, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Fantastic news this. Don't think many expected Lankans to come back so well, given their recent form.Hope they can keep the consistency going and put up another good performance to win the series!

  • Vleis on December 31, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Sanath's test average is 40, but is only 31 against SA, while his ODI average is 32, but is only 24 against SA. Hmmm...trying to live in the reflected glory of the current team is not going to change all your choking against SA in the past Sanath. Hahaha

    Anyway, this Sri Lankan team is very poor and will be thrashed in the final test. However, that does not change the fact that SA lost the second test, which shows that they are very very inconsistent at present. To be honest, they could lose to a decent SA school team on any given day - if this does not change soon then wholesale changes must be made.

  • Ilandariya on December 31, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    What is the big fuss about the word "choke"? Who are these "scholars" who consider Sanath's english to be inadequate? Sanath said a mouth full, the South Africans got choked from the very start, especially their star bowler who was choking on his own venom. Well done Sri Lanka, keep it up and best of luck for the third test! A few more exposures and you guys will be the number one!!

  • spas on December 31, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    it is better if Jaya wait till the end of the test series to comment. othrwiese he will end up being kepler wessels part II!

  • Balumekka on December 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey: You better post your "fullstops" separately!!!!

  • ProteaMan on December 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulations SL. You guys did really well and deserve the victory in every respect. No excuses for the Proteas, except that we all know they can do better and hopefully will at Newlands.

  • thombking on December 31, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    One swallow does not make a summer!!!!

  • on December 31, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Great Victory by Sri lankan agter hummiliation in centurion They shown great character to turn the tabe against the host

  • area1985 on December 31, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    @Approve Pandey Lol, srilanka have dilhara frnando who clocks 150kmph & malinga who didn't play test& nuwan pradeep who got injured, when did ur so called zahir khan (only half decent indian medium pacer) clock 150?huh, if srlanka is average then how sa lost it buy putting there best side, , srilanka came to this series with lot of injuries for there bowlers & our 2nd level team is far better than ur 4-0 white washing weak indian team, find real fact and come before slinging mud for others

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    cong to all SL brother,s i am very happy to see SL lions come back in the game best of luck you SL team LONG LIVE SL and PAKISTAN

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on December 31, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    that is absolutely correct roshanF THERE IS ONLY ONE MASTER BLASTER

  • stormy16 on December 31, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    It was an unfortunate case of de-ja-voo for SA from last year. Subcontinental team, prepare a suitable wicket, bowl short and series won - theoritically should be that easy. The problem was SA didnt have a plan B and never counted on the possibility of the opponent playing some good cricket.

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey you better talk about India what happen against Australia without saying about Sri lankans dark side.

  • ShehanJay on December 31, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka remember that pride goes before a fall. Yes you won this test. Well done. But remember that their is one more test remaining. You may have won the battle, but might lose the war...

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    sanath great comment..if kepler empty wessela can insult sri lanka,we also can..we lions are not timid..tit for tat..go sri lanka..defeat the chokers in the 3rd test..lions are the best

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Is it the turning point all srilankans looking for

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    honestly lanka win but they have a dark future bowlers are average chandimal looks good but afterthat new cropnobody is great even good enjoy win but first ever in sa strange sa took lightly thats why they loose srilanka have to find genuine quicks they all are medium pacers this years lots of exciting talent come cummins pattison yadav finn aaron 150plus guys and someteams bowling attack developing aussie no 1 sa no 2 indians trio ishant bowling fast umesh great pace swing zaheer is thereand aaron 150 plus i didnt put england because there bowlers except finn are padestrian in subcontinent pakistan junaid khan decent but medium pace gul reduced pace cheema 132 not great lanka have to find express guys

  • Mutukisna on December 31, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Wessels (for his recommendation that the South Africa "A" Team should play aganist Sri Lanka) and Jayasuriya (for his inappropriate chokers description of South Africa) have not excelled in the diplomatic stakes. God forbid if their countries appoint them to represent them in missions abroad. I liked the humorous comment "Empty Wessels make the biggest noise" by one of your subscribers except that he too might qualify to join these two illustrious but undiplomatic cricketers. Wessels has already got egg on his face and has had to eat humble pie. I hope Jayasuriya has not triggered a South African backlash in the Third Test as I am a Sri Lankan fan. I was pleasantly surprised by SL's comprehensive defeat of South Africa as I was convinced (wrongly, of course) that the bowling side was not capable of getting 20 wickets. The SL batting should however be capable of ensuring at least a draw in the last Test and levelling the series, unless Sanath has wound up the SA team to a great extent.

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    why is jayasuriya ruining his image everyday ? he gets embarrassed in all the things he does these days.. weldone lions we are proud of you great win. bet Kepler did not fall asleep that day...

  • nobeesinhaya on December 31, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    After winning the 3rd Test, Sri Lanka should dedicate that match to Kepler Wessel.

  • on December 31, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I also think we should not drop to the level of Kepler Wessels. We should respect South African team and should not ridicule them because we beat them. don't think SA choked in this match, SL was in control from day 1

  • on December 31, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    i think the headline is misleading, cuz sanath's english isn't that good. sometimes he's not saying what he wants to say..SL took control of the match from day 1, so it's not a choking from SA

  • Nigels on December 31, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    The win was good for Sl but i will bet on my money on a South African victory in CapeTown..why.? because i still feel the Sri Lankan's are not a complete unit as such because of the Rebuilding exercise they going through...but you never know..

  • on December 31, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    well done srilanka. but seriously i as a srilankan apologise for these words from jayasuriya. we played very good cricket and beat a good south african team.we should not be cocky when we win let wessels say what he wants we should be respectful and learn to be the bigger man. hopefully the third test will be a good match.and other srilankan supporters should learn to show some respect to the south africans as they are a very talented team with good players.but well done srilanka and good luck for the third test!!!!

  • RoshanF on December 31, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Forget about Jayasuriya's awfully misplaced comments - put that down to unfamiliar territory for him ie. commentaries. Of course SA did not "choke". As for Wessels, well, he too did get carried away - though not by much considering how poorly the Sri Lankans had been playing.

    And yes the toss has played a big part in both tests. I think something should be done to address the serious imbalance the toss spells out for teams depending on the outcome.

    I think the team losing the toss should be allowed the luxury of changing, say, three players after the team has been declared whereas the winner of the toss should not get that chance, It would go some way in addressing the disparity,

    Oh, by the way, the original Master Blaster remains the genuine article to this day - its not Jayasuriya or Tendulkar - but the one and only Sir Viv Richards.

  • nobeesinhaya on December 31, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Third Test definitely Sri Lanka will beat South Africa. In 1992 Word Cup at Australia, the only team beat South Africa was Sri Lanka, where South Africa's first appearing World Cup.

  • veerakannadiga on December 31, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Good to SL team, which is in the rebuilding process, win. Canhdimal ,Mathews, Mendis are the future of SL.Australia is also rebuilding (and how).India will face this problem very shortly once the big 3 retire.As of now though teams like SL,Aus,NZ are doing well, England and RSA (in that order) are a notch above all. Expectations from the SL team has risen after this victory.

  • on December 31, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    South Africa is the only team in the world who has a better "A" team than their national side... lol

  • on December 31, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Jayasuriah, you did use the wrong word, I am afraid. SA never choked!!! Good teams like SA never choke,,,,,they just had a bad patch and watch them bounce back. Like the previous comment stated: SL took control of the match from day 1. And SA went through a spell which was poor throughout the match. A team chokes when they are in control of the match and then they panic and loose it.....which never happened in this case. On the other hand full credit to SL who played excellent as was expected after a disasterous series against Pak. I REST MY CASE.

  • Makuz on December 31, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    No one needs to get all worked up over this. SL were having a tough time, they came with a great win against the odds. The team is keeping its cool. They have not gone out and run their mouths. i say that's all that mattesr. Ex-players can harp on, no one really gives cone anyway.

  • AidanFX on December 31, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    SA got what they deserved for talking themselves up - I reckon SL could be the 'bigger man' by being a tad more humble in victory - nothing wrong with saying you are motivated by the words of Kepler; that's fine - but using the word "chocked" - well now you have no choice but to back it up next game and at least put on a good show. If SL loose by 9 wickets or an innings or 300 runs + in the next Test suddenly they will look the dummies.

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Its a one-off test. Well done Sri Lanka but SA should bounce back well. Jayasuriya should be more respectful towards their opponents and must refrain from using disrespectful words like 'choke' for South Africans, show some respect.

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Sana, please don't go down to Kepler's level, will attribute this 'gaffe' of using the term 'choked' to your lack of knowledge on language sensitivity and diplomacy, among other things. Next time choose your words more carefully and act more as a respectable statesman for our country please.

  • pamaran on December 31, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Full credit to SL for their victory. But to me this seems like a one off victory. This SL team doesn't have bowlers to pick 20 wickets regularly and doesn't have batsmen to score consistently overseas (except Sanga)

  • Gordo85 on December 31, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Here we go Sri Lankan ex players start getting the axes out saying the word choked. It is a shame since I always had respect for Sri Lanka but now I must say it has worn very thin. South Africa will bounce back in the 3rd Test and South Africa should win the ODI series as well. Keep in mind I say they should I am not saying they will.

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    congrats to sri lankan team

  • priceless1 on December 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs hell NOOOO a big noo for that :(

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Jayasuriya did the right thing in calling these big mouth chokers as getting chocked.... Seriously, they really need that. Despite being an ardent SA fan, I really feel these SA's big mouthed representatives needed a lesson or two and now they should start respecting opposition…..

  • TheVoiceOfReason on December 31, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Well I am eating humble pie too thanks to that pathetic excuse for batting we put on and the rubbish bowling from Morkel and even Steyn in the first innings. But watch out Sanath, you have a big mouth on the other side of the world, I hope South Africa make Sri Lanka grovel hahahaha Where is Tony Greig when you need him!

  • SanjayRavy on December 31, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    SL team should remain unchanged for the Newlands test. Dammika Prasad, although a possible wicket taker can be wayward and with Fernando also in the team, Prasad's inclusion may not be prudent. Perera provides a degree of control for Dilshan. The best chance for SL at Newlands is if SA goes on the offensive.

    However, the real concern is Mathews. He does not appear to be a team player. He can redeem himself in the final test by bowling more overs and supporting the other fast bowlers. The selectors should also think about giving Mahela a break after the SA series given his recent indifferent form, so that he can get ready for the England series in SL. This would give more opportunities for Thirimanne, Chandimal and Karunaratne during the ODI series in Aus.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 31, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    SA did not choke. They were never in a crunch situation. Choking means the opposition gave it away in last phase of match but here SL outplayed them in both innings. That said congrats to SL and good luck to next match.

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    I wonder how SA feel getting beaten comprehensively by "a weaker side on the test circuit" especially since the gulf between the 2 sides is huge.

    On a different note 1 thing we ve seen in both tests is that the team winning the toss and using the conditions had a huge advantage. Why does'nt the ICC look into this instead of warning SL and India for pitches which spin from day 1? In both tests the toss has been key. Hopefully SL will win the toss in the 3rd test and use the conditions to put SA on the back foot from the start.

    Well done SL you made lots of people eat their words!!!

  • vallavarayar on December 31, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    SL have put the spanner in the global test hierarchy. Rather awesomely, I might add.

  • chandau on December 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Is it the pitch or is it a pattern? SA won against OZ and lost next. Same against SL. Only difference is there's a 3rd test in this series so MEMO TO ICC: stop screwing with the FTP; countries other than India and England also play great cricket!!! In any other country the selectors will resign after the SAMARAWEERA-GATE but then this is SL. Well done mate; best way to answer the critics and idiots (+ jokers) is with the bat in the middle. Dilshan may be a worried man; one more poor series and he will lose the captaincy - to Sam :) If only we had another pacie; Thisara, Kula, etc at 135kmph max dont bring much to the center. That is why Dilhara has to play.

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: "First test match win in 30years, and SA was the one choked? Sanath never had any common sense anyway. " LOL dude, SL first played against SA in 1993 (19 yrs ago) so who is the senseless one? still UR excused; getting hammered first by Poms and now by OZ aint such a good feeling is it for INDIANS?

  • on December 31, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Well you choked them!!. A bit exaggerated by Jayasuriya. It is just your first victory in South Africa. Wait they are going to prepare a green top and blow away your top order. Hopefully you will be choked to say anything.

  • ashangamage on December 31, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Sl bord Must Give chance to Sachithra Senanayaka .Surely he can become a Best Spinner in the world.Herath + sachithra From Both end will be very interestiong.

  • on December 31, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Some have spoken about Malinga. Though he is a great bowler, one of the greatest, his slinging action will not benefit from the SA bouncy wickets. This was evident in some ODIs SL played in SA sometime back. Taller bowlers Dilhara, Thisara and even Mathews was getting better results in that tour. Malinga must be feeling left out now, and I feel the bowlers in the current winning team were very good at containing and bowling within the corridor outside the off stump.

  • ranilranathunga on December 31, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    It's one of the reasons why the Sri Lankans will always be one of the favourite teams of the neutrals; they are capable of such great things when everything comes together.

  • usainbolt on December 31, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Empty 'Wessels' make the most noise.

  • sanshe1238 on December 31, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    well done Sri lanka. Samaraweera and Sanga was class and showed what they are capable of. Rangana and welagedara did the talk with the ball. Chandimal two great knocks, was positive from the start and kept wickets well. What a start to test cricket. It would have been even sweeter if Chandimal made a century as well. Dulip Mendis must be strugelling to swollow his own words. he stated that Samaraweera was not in the plans of Sri lanka cricket when he initially dropped him from the touring party.What a stupid statement Dulip, you need to get out of Sri Lanka cricket for good. Just dont make comments and display your ignorance. Well Tilan fired when he reached the century and that is at you, Dulip mendis, not shut up and get out.

  • SLfan on December 31, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    True, we won that particular game. But what Jayasuriya had told is not good. This is not the way Sri Lankans play cricket. I mean we just play our game in the ground and we don't usually make this kind of bad comments on opposition teams. Really disappointed about Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya is doing what Kepler Wessels did...As a Sri Lankan, I apologies from all South Africans fans for his bad words.

  • Romenevans on December 31, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    LOL no matter if what type of tailor made pitches South Africa prepares, they are never able to win home series. Drawn to India, then Australia and Now it will be Sri Lanka.

  • Sanj747 on December 31, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Great for SL and test cricket. A wonderful performance by the bowlers and Sanga and Samaraweera. Kepler W might have to eat humble pie now. SAF as usual choke and need some drastic changes. Remove Rudolph and Prince for a start.

  • Sinhaya on December 31, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    @kenishah, Sri Lanka will win the 3rd test by an innings and grab the series 2-1! No one can stop the heroic Lankans who are cruising along!

  • siriherath on December 31, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Thisara Perera is a mediocre/lethargic/impenetrable/ineffective bowler and a no good batsman and should make way for Nuwan Kulasekara who is far better. Angelo Mathews is not fit for bowling and not batting well either. Jeevan Mendis might be a better for the next match.

  • on December 31, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    before this series i had lot of respect for kepler(the man who didn't got a duck in his 99 ODI innings)& for SA team.but now my respect for SA still same but not for kepler.please guys don't use the"C" word its hurts those who love real cricket & talent. i am from SL.

  • usainbolt on December 31, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Empty 'WESSELS' make the biggest noise. Go Srilanka.

  • on December 31, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Aha - the C word again. Just because it is SA, you use that word. Deplorable from Jayasuriya. There was no choking here - since that phenomenon happens when you are close to victory in a tight finish. Find a better word Sanath - I see that you are still starting off as a commentator. Perhaps time to increase your repertoire than just the lofted swipe over point like the limited repertoire you had during your playing days.

  • siriherath on December 31, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka should not be complacent nor take the foot off for the next test. Go with the mind-set that SA is a beatable (and they have convincing proof of that). All 11 players should click and bat/bowl/field to their max potential.It is far better when success is achieved through team work, than the highs of a few and the lows of many. So for that to happen, it is imperative that we have a machine where all parts work at tandem and in cohesion to deliver the desired result. To this end, some adjustments and replacements are crucial. Nuwan Kulasekara (with his accuracy and swing bowling both ways) and Tharanga are two clear candidates. But my best would no doubt be Malinda Warnapura, who I cannot believe is kept out so long. Paranawithana is not performing at all and Dilhara is unreliable. If the pitch is spin friendly, then a second spinner - Mendis, might not be bad. In fact, despite Rangana's 9 wickets, I believe Mendis is a better bet on SA pitches.

  • Dammika on December 31, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Could Cricinfo not ask comments from Jayassuriya?. He seems not understand what he is saying.

  • on December 31, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    I like Russel Arnold, and leave him there. Sanath in the commentary box? Not a chance. Mike Haysman and Shaun Pollock were the best. Kepler please go back to your day job.

  • randikaayya on December 31, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    @kenishah: Master Blaster IS and WILL ALWAYS BE Sanath Jayasuriya!! Yes the Indians adopted the name that Tony Greig bestowed upon Sanath, but none of us remember the duplicate, we will always remember the ORIGINAL owner of the name who did justice to it! Fastest century AND the half century in ODI anyone? Yes Sanath had both records for a fair while and it was actually the WC 96 performance that earned him the much respected name which was then abused by the likes of yourself! peace!

  • Balumekka on December 31, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Oh no.....! He used the banned word eh...? This must be really hurting for SAs. But as a Sri Lankan fan, I do not want nasty comments from any of our guys unlike Kepler Vessels. I just want our team to focus on the 3rd match. Remember, Dilshan did nothing with the bat. Mahela was under performing throughout. Parnawithana still struggling. Therefore, Steyn, Morkel, Phillander and de Lange will definitely be so difficult to negotiate in Cape town (Surely it would be a green top!!!!). So guys, this is great opportunity to end up the series leveled or even to win. We do not need Cricinfo columns from Mahela or Sanga! Just want them to perform up to their capabilities!

  • on December 31, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Well be patient before making ecstatic comments as SA has all the capability to bounce back and beat us in the third test.If SL can comptete in the same way as they did in Durban it would be a delight to experience.I hope the pitch wont unduly favour SA and there would be an even contest between the two teams.I am sure the boys will be up to the task and it will be difficult to stop them in that mood.All the best.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 31, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    I was at Lords for Sri Lanka's first Test match in England in 1984. They batted under fairly heavy skies and the friend who had gone with me said that he hoped that Sri Lanka would manage at least to bat past Tea. Oh boy! He must have felt silly by the end of the match. It's a pity that performances like that have been all too rare overseas. I don;t think that this is a new dawn for them, but the win will give Sri Lanka great confidence and cricket will only be the richer for them doing well outside Asia.

  • Herathn on December 31, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I reckon Srilankan team is one of the best in the cricket world but opening pair should play a responsible game they should not play aggressive game, after building up some respectable score then only they must play Srilankan style of game. In that regard Mahaela and Thranga is the best to open the game in any format either Test or ODI, as per the recent performance team order must be Tharanga, Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan,Thilan, Mathews, Chandimal, Herath, Malinga, Nuwan, Chanaka.

  • Ameega on December 30, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    @kenishah, Thanks for your clarification, it really helps (to make sure you are a stupid). Master Blaster is none of them. Revisit the original comment.

  • on December 30, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Sanath please DO NOT follow Kepler Wessels footsteps. SA is a damn good team whether choked or not. Sanath as a member of the current parliament you must try to take the politics out of this beautiful game of cricket. Do something constructive to SL cricket.

  • tennakoon63 on December 30, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Go to Cape Town with confidence. Watch videos (I am sure you guys will) of Vernon Philander's bowling. Study his bowling pattern and prepared to face him. You guys can do it. Good luck.

  • Fifthman on December 30, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    @Claydo78 - dream on mate... with your popgun attack and brittle batting line-up you're probably looking at being whitewashed 5-0 when you next visit the Mother Country...

  • johnathonjosephs on December 30, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Put Jayasuriya back in the commentary team and take out Russel Arnold. Seems like none of the other commentators in any country really like him much

  • circit on December 30, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    LOL @ Jayasuriya's comment "We chocked them nicely"

  • johnathonjosephs on December 30, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    I wonder if Sri Lanka can manage a draw in the last test and square the series. Or, dare I say, another win? Sri Lanka has not managed a Test Win since Murali retired. Usually in cricket, if a bowler/batsman is out of form, one good innings brings back the form in a rush. The same may be said for a team. Who knows if this will bring in more Test Wins for Lanka. No matter what, their confidence will be high and the momentum will be with them. If Sanga/Samaraweera fire in the next Test, with help from Chandimal/Matthews/Jayawardene there is a high chance for another draw. I doubt another win can occur since the next venue is highly seam conducive and not a spinning wicket like the 2nd one. But if Dilshan fires (who seems to have gained confidence he has in the England tour), who knows what result can occur. We all know a Team does well based on the openers.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 30, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Hammer Australia in 1st Test... lose 2nd Test. Hammer Sri Lanka in 1st Test... lose 2nd Test. Is a pattern developing here? The one good thing about it is that there is at least a third match in which to make amends this time. As for Sri Lanka, what can one say? Arise Lazarus! It's one of the reasons why the Sri Lankans will always be one of the favourite teams of the neutrals; they are capable of such great things when everything comes together.

  • ygkd on December 30, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    South Africa may have choked (yet again - I think they did a bit against Australia too - really should have been the much, much better team) but we shouldn't take anything away from Herath's bowling, nor Sangakarra's hundred. And Chandimal is one for the future. In the ODIs against Australia, Chandimal wasn't quite ready. I'd say he is now. So roll on Cape Town - but don't roll it too much. There's no need for a flat-track draw to dull a fine series. And (memo India!) SAvSL is a fine series with the DRS in place, isn't it, eh?

  • on December 30, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    I would call it gagging rather than choking! Choking is when they are looking at the target within their eyesight and then crumble down. Gagging is when the target is very far and they start losing sight half way to it. Either way to lose is bad but gagging maybe considered better than choking.Ha Ha ho ho Santa's gift to SriLanka.

  • Kays789 on December 30, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    chances are south africa will overwhelm sri lanka in the third test. even if that happens it still might not undermine the importance of this win for the sri lankans. considering the SL team has gone through a very difficult patch of late, with the wretched politics in the country always coming in the way and also considering several of the bowlers were injured and ruled out even before the tour began. i also think it was unfortunate that sanath used that word here but sometimes the south africans do give the feeling that they cave under pressure more than the rest.

  • Claydo78 on December 30, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    what a mad mad test cricketing world we live in! sri lanka looked terrible against australia, south africa bowl auatralia out for 47 and now sri lanka beat south africa by 200 plus runs! it makes for great viewing knowing anyone can beat anyone, may it conitinue. once australia knock off england in the next ashes series test cricket will be where it should be!

  • on December 30, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    "We choked them really nicely, We've seen with their history when it comes to crunch situations they don't do well."well said, but I am sure that the Sri lankans wont notice the difference between the pitch and the outfield in the next match

  • NZMahesh on December 30, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Once again every pundit will say that Sri Lanka will loose in Cape.This time Maheala and Dilshan will come to the party with Fernando knocking few front line batsman with pace.We love this banter.Go Sri Lanka.

  • Dhushan on December 30, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to put up a consistent & tough performance in the final test. Talent is there in abundance but they need to perform. I wish Thilan will perform well again so that the SL selectors can go bury their faces in the dust. (They already should actually.) Don't underestimate SA & fight well & let us have a good game of test cricket. Dinesh Chandimal should be nurtured properly & the administration should maybe look at playing Sanga as a specialist batsman in ODI cricket as well. Am sure less pressure will bring out more from him. Good luck LIONS!

  • iNsiDers on December 30, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Congrats to our Sri Lankans brothers. From Pakistan

  • YorkshirePudding on December 30, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    A good win for SL, and Chamindal looked steady. However, SA basically lived up to thier tag of choaking at the critical point.

  • on December 30, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    weldone sri lanka..now again come to the level of match wining...keep it up and goahead...so its better to give chance to play test cricket ..one day opener. upul tharanga..coz..aft palying test matches...going to play onedays..if he familier to the pitch as well as bolowers..he can easily to handle the batting part in one day games....jst selecting cmoitte has to think about this in deeply..its better for the upul tharanga as well as the sri lankan team for win the one day games tooo... all success and wish a very happy new year to all sri lankan players and their family members...

  • Seether1 on December 30, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    What will Sanath 'Hit and Hope' Jayasuriya say when SL get hammered in Cape Town?

  • LakmalPhysics on December 30, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Yes, need to play Dhammika Prasad for Thisara Perera. And Tharanga Paranawithana and Dilhara Fernando must be placed on notice. These 2 guys are always underperformers and not suitable to represent the first XI. Better giving a chance to Dimuth Karunarathna or Lahiru Thirimanna or search for a new talent.

  • on December 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    "Choked" is definitely not the right word to describe SA's defeat. They never choked -- they were just outplayed by Sri Lanka. They were under no pressure before the match especially after their performance in the first match, nor were they expected to lose this game, considering their current or past record against SL at home. It's an eye opener for the South African cricket board. Until November, they had only played one Test match in 2011 -- what a shame! It's time to look beyond IPL and Champions League and get their priorities right.

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Good time to win 3rd test Sri Lanka.hope to do very well our boys.good luck.

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    yes SL might still get beaten but surely SA is not playing their "B" team..some one remind Kepler

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    me too agree with below comments, SA have a higher chance to win the 3rd test ,But the 2nd test win will be there with us to keep us smile & no one can take that joy away from us whatever happens, All the very best SL :)

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    yes,sanath we know there history, good luck sri lankans next match.sri lankans will clinch series 2-1, they will fight 100% sure,

  • kenishah on December 30, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    @shehandevas. master blaster is tendulkar not sangakara

  • SanjayRavy on December 30, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    The best chance Sri Lanka have at Newlands is for SA to bat first. Kallis, the man with the most runs at Newlands is under pressure and so is Prince, Boucher and Rudolph. In the case of SA the 'chokers' term unfortunately sticks and after SL's win and the backlash at home SA are under pressure and SA are still likely to underestimate SL. SL are not exactly Aus for SA to really be up for a fight.

  • on December 30, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Well done sri lanka, first time for everything!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on December 30, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    First test match win in 30years, and SA was the one choked? Sanath never had any common sense anyway.

  • phoenixsteve on December 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Great win by Sri Lanka and an important one for the game too. Now it shows that maybe even India COULD win a test away from home.... that'll be something to see! Once again Test match cricket is the winner........

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    If Sri Lanka can win the third test and thus win the series, I think it will be the biggest achievement in Sri Lankan cricket history -- even bigger than winning the 1996 WC.

  • serious-am-i on December 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    I see South Africa winning the third test despite the SL's amazing win in the second test. I am quite used to see South Africa lose either the first or second test and win the remaining tests.

  • CricketLover1984 on December 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Well sorry to say that we have to accept South Africa is going to do what ever to win the final match. Even right now groundsmen at cape town might be busy preparing the pitch to suite the home team. I truly hope they won't do that and prepare a pitch that will suite both teams, so we as cricket fans could see a good game.

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    We can't understand why we lose test matches with Smith (50 avg), Amla, Kallis, Boucher, Morkel and Steyn in the team. Then you see the rest of the guys (including Boucher) are just not producing the goods. Prince has not scored a century in 30 innings and only has 2 fifties. Our opening partner for Smith is constantly a problem. Amla comes in at 10/1 instead of at 50/1. Kallis is getting old, as witnessed by a string of dismissals against the short ball, and even getting hit badly a few times. Boucher dropped Sangakara and has also only 1 fifty in the last 30 innings. The balance with Boucher averaging 30 at 7 is fine, but in his current batting form it is not. Philander at 8 and Steyn at 9 is fine. The problem is that nobody is putting up their hands as the replacement keeper or opener. Rudolph shouted to be selected and is now not producing. It is very frustratin!

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @ CRAZIER Kulesekara is not 100% at this moment

  • priceless1 on December 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    although we won the last game ,still our bowling attack looks toothless( that why we couldn't break the 7th wicket partnership for long time when Stayne and AB we going mad ) ,need to include Dammika Prasad to the place of Tisara P

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    It takes a while to adjust after the retirement of key players. Sri Lanka will have to build on this historic win. They also need to have administrative matters settled and less political interference. Sanga and Mahela will soon go and new replacements must be carefully brought in and given time to adjust. Well done Sri Lanka.

  • Danksl on December 30, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I wouldn't be worried for Jayasuriya using the C word. All the South african experts were writing SL off and was critizising them with out a chance. At least they could have mentioned SL will do well some day. I think Jayasuriya and Arnold is talking sense

  • ilovusenthil on December 30, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Happy to see SL winning but I am sure SA will Clinch the series 2-1

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Sangakara is the Key for Srilanka's success, the rest of the team is on a slump. One match performance is not enough. I see SA winning the last match, I have respect for Srilankan cricket but honestly they are not at their prime at this moment.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka .. well played and best of luck for the next match.... I have always been a big fan of Sri lankan team love to c them winning...

  • torsha on December 30, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Oh boy, he used "choked" word. The title says it all lol. This is indeed a powerful statement.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Before all, Little correction in the 1st paragraph: Murali took 16 wickets in the Oval, not 15...!

    To the topic: Well said Jayasuriya! Sri Lanka have certainly choked 'em & these quotes gonna double the pain for sure. The series decider is heating up day by day. Looking forward to a stunning kick-off to year 2012 !!!

  • MrGarreth on December 30, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Gosh it really hurts every time someone calls our beloved Proteas, 'chokers' but alas I cannot deny it. At first it was a myth but I think South Africa have with time come to believe the myth and so are victims of having become their label. It sickens me really to know a team of such immense talent can perform so horrendously when their backs are up against the wall. And I genuinely believe this is not the spirit of this country. We've always been a fighting nation in all facets including sport. I sometimes believe that the attitude of the old guard (Kallis and Boucher) post 1999 changed completely after Hansie and the political climate that entrenched itself on the game caused them to become bitter and jaded. And I believe they passed that onto Smith too, who at first was so passionate about representing SA that he got in the face of anyone, even calling Pietersen unpatriotic. He was so passionate. Now he is as bitter and jaded as Kallis and Boucher. Gibbs will confirm what Im saying

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Amla is a great player - carrying on tradition of his Indian heritage . But sadly SA will always remain a bridesmaid.

  • kenishah on December 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    sri lanka gona get trashed nxt test

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 30, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @ crazier. I agree on the Kulasekra option. Drop Dilhara and put the useful Kulasekara in. I think in tours such as ENG/NZ/SA he will be really useful as he presents a good seam position and gives the ball a chance to move around. Don't be suprised though if the SA come out with a huge victory in the final test as we all know how dominant they can be if they get off to a good start. I believe SA need to sort out their batting gameplan to be successful as historically they are vulnerable to collapse. They need to be more aggresive and not attempt to simply absorb the pressure, as rarely does this work. The who mental approach of the commentary box reflects the fear their players have regarding getting out. The approach of the great Aussie side was right, which in a crisis look to counter attack and put the pressure back on the opposition, aka Gilchrist style. Mark Boucher just looks scared to get out, which is a shame as he has more attacking options than he is currently showing.

  • seminda on December 30, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    This win is very important for me because of following article and the most of the comments in following article.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2011/content/story/546829.html

    Our team gave a good answer for this kind of bad estimation of talent of Sri Lankan cricketers.

  • Shehandevas on December 30, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Well said Sana !! Hope Chandimal will become a master blaster like you one day. He's the future hero of Sri Lanka cricket.. it seems like he carries luck where ever he goes like you did.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    last match of the series is now going to be an essentially well fought final

  • bigwonder on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Oh No, he did not use the the "C" word, did he? Oh Yeah, he did.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I Love the comment..... It just gives the whole summary of the test match

  • Marcio on December 30, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    To misquote a zen master, if a protea chokes on the pitch and there are many people there to listen, is anybody actually surprised?

  • crazier on December 30, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Being a fan of pakistan and amla i'm still happy to see srilanka win and dont know why they left kulesekara who is a wonderful bowler and we can't just left him because of the world cup loss.upal tharanga should also be back in the team he is a very good bastman.n cngrats once again............

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  • crazier on December 30, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Being a fan of pakistan and amla i'm still happy to see srilanka win and dont know why they left kulesekara who is a wonderful bowler and we can't just left him because of the world cup loss.upal tharanga should also be back in the team he is a very good bastman.n cngrats once again............

  • Marcio on December 30, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    To misquote a zen master, if a protea chokes on the pitch and there are many people there to listen, is anybody actually surprised?

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I Love the comment..... It just gives the whole summary of the test match

  • bigwonder on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Oh No, he did not use the the "C" word, did he? Oh Yeah, he did.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    last match of the series is now going to be an essentially well fought final

  • Shehandevas on December 30, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Well said Sana !! Hope Chandimal will become a master blaster like you one day. He's the future hero of Sri Lanka cricket.. it seems like he carries luck where ever he goes like you did.

  • seminda on December 30, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    This win is very important for me because of following article and the most of the comments in following article.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2011/content/story/546829.html

    Our team gave a good answer for this kind of bad estimation of talent of Sri Lankan cricketers.

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 30, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @ crazier. I agree on the Kulasekra option. Drop Dilhara and put the useful Kulasekara in. I think in tours such as ENG/NZ/SA he will be really useful as he presents a good seam position and gives the ball a chance to move around. Don't be suprised though if the SA come out with a huge victory in the final test as we all know how dominant they can be if they get off to a good start. I believe SA need to sort out their batting gameplan to be successful as historically they are vulnerable to collapse. They need to be more aggresive and not attempt to simply absorb the pressure, as rarely does this work. The who mental approach of the commentary box reflects the fear their players have regarding getting out. The approach of the great Aussie side was right, which in a crisis look to counter attack and put the pressure back on the opposition, aka Gilchrist style. Mark Boucher just looks scared to get out, which is a shame as he has more attacking options than he is currently showing.

  • kenishah on December 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    sri lanka gona get trashed nxt test

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Amla is a great player - carrying on tradition of his Indian heritage . But sadly SA will always remain a bridesmaid.