SL vs SA 2018: Sangakkara and Jayawardena congratulate Sri Lanka on the Test series win

Sri Lanka won the SSC Test to complete a series whitewash over South Africa.

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

They may be far from having a legitimate claim of being called a quality side with all the bases covered but Sri Lanka's recent record in Test match cricket, despite being in an administrative turmoil, have been very respectable. 

They recently whitewashed Pakistan in UAE, lost only one of the three Tests in India and went on to draw level a series in West Indies before beating Bangladesh 1-0 away from home and now, having pulverised and befuddled South Africa through the spin of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka whitewashed a strong visiting side on home shores, 2-0. 

Despite stumbling with the bat either side of some Dimuth Karunaratne batting meditation, Sri Lanka spun their way to domination in the whole series and it never really looked a contest in these conditions. They simply rolled over Proteas in Galle before completing the ruthless act at the SSC. 

Sri Lanka simply rolled over South Africa through spin. (AFP)

Sri Lanka were without the services of their full-time Captain Dinesh Chandimal, head coach Chandika Hathurasinghe and Manager Asanka Gurusinha and the win, thereafter, must be feeling even sweeter. 

The former Sri Lankan cricketers are pleased as well with the side's performance against the no.2 ranked side in the world, as the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene showered words of appreciation on the team through Twitter. 

Sangakkara wrote, "Excellent again by @OfficialSLC. Playing well and with confidence. Dominated @OfficialCSA totally"

While, Jayawardene appreciated the willingness of Suranga Lakmal to step into the captaincy shoes and congratulated him on winning his first series as a leader, writing, "Well done @OfficialSLC ???? clinical performance once again. Congratulations to Suranga Lakamal for his maiden test series win. Proud of the way everyone contributed."

Sri Lanka would know they still have a long way to go, as they next play a strong England side at home in November before embarking on tours of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, but wins like these are always heartwarming. 

By Kashish Chadha - 23 Jul, 2018

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