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Sri Lankan legends hail Dasun Shanaka and company after historic series win over Australia

ByLinda W. Smith

Jun 22, 2022

Sri Lanka’s legendary cricketers such as Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama, among others, congratulated the home side on their historic ODI series win over Australia on Tuesday night, saying the players had brought “joy to the public in these very difficult times” for the country.

Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, beat Australia by four points in the fourth ODI of the five-game series to take an unassailable 3-1 lead. It was Sri Lanka’s first win in the ODI series against Australia in 30 years and came on the backs of spinners picking seven of Australia’s 10 wickets on the day at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

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Mahanama, a dashing right-handed hitter who has played 213 ODIs scoring over 5,000 runs, took to social media to congratulate Sri Lanka on the historic series win, saying, “Congratulations to @DasunShanaka and the team @officialSLC for their historic home series win against @CricketAus after 30 years! Well done for showing what the lions are capable of, when playing together as a team and also for bringing joy to the public in these very difficult times .”

Sri Lankan legend and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya tweeted: “Congratulations to the winning Sri Lankan team on a fantastic series win against the Aussies on home soil after 30 years! A real team effort. Well done guys! I feel so emotional.”

Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who is also the head coach of Mumbai Indians in the IPL side, tweeted: “Fantastic response @dasunshanaka1 for all critics…well done boys. Fantastic win. Believe process and skill.”

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A first century ODI fight by Charith Asalanka followed by an impressive bowling effort led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four point win over Australia in the fourth ODI. Surfing on the century of Asalanka (110 out of 106), Sri Lanka posted a total of 258 in 49 overs. On a deck that was helping spinners, the hosts then threw 43 spin overs to Australia and emerged victorious despite some late hiccups in a last-ball thriller.

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