'Feeling so emotional' - Sanath Jayasuriya elated after Sri Lanka's historic series win over Australia

‘Feeling so emotional’ – Sanath Jayasuriya elated after Sri Lanka’s historic series win over Australia

'A true team effort. Well done boys,' said Jayasuriya.

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka’s cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya congratulated his team after the Dasun Shanaka-led side sealed the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia. With one more game to go, Sri Lanka won three of the four games played so far to take an unassailable 3-1 lead. Notably, the Lankan Lions defeated the mighty Australians in a home ODI series for the first time in 30 years.

It was a memorable outing for the Sri Lankan side as they put up a brilliant competition, keeping all the viewers on the edge of their seats. After Australia won the first match of the series, Sri Lanka bounced back stronger than ever and won three consecutive games to hand the visitors a thumping defeat and create a historic moment.

Former skipper and veteran Jayasuriya seemed to be on cloud nine as he tweeted: “Congratulations to the victorious Sri Lankan team for a fantastic series victory against the Aussi’s at home after 30 years! A true team effort. Well done boys ! Feeling so emotional.”

Another former Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold was also in awe of his team’s show in the fourth ODI as he tweeted: “Well done @OfficialSLC Superb team effort and finding ways to win .. that’s the way lads #SLvaus Soo enjoyable to watch .. the walk to the game for many was thoroughly worth it,”

Dasun Shanaka kept his calm to ensure series victory

Before meeting in the ODI series, Sri Lanka had suffered a heartbreaking loss in the three-match T20I series, by 1-2. While they planned to keep their spirits high in the ODI series, the first game did not go in their favor. Not losing hopes, the hosts showcased some terrific performances thereon to win the ODI series in style.

Speaking of the fourth ODI, Sri Lanka posted 258 runs in 49 overs before being dished out by the visitors in the first innings. A brilliant partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva (60 off 61) and Charith Asalanka (110 off 106) helped the team post the defendable total after all other batters failed.

Australian opener David Warner stood on the field like a rock and handled most of the chasing part with his 112-ball 99. Sending him off the crease helped the hosts to pull the game over to their end. Skipper Dasun Shanaka took charge of the final over and gave away 14 runs in the first five balls before defending five runs off the final delivery to take his team to a magnificent victory.