Their fortunes however changed with a change in captain with Dimuth Karunaratne taking over from the sacked Dinesh Chandimal. The new captain dedicated the triuSri Lanka stunned world cricket and themselves to shock the South Africans in the latter’s den. This came after Sri Lanka were expectedly embarrassed in New Zealand and Australia.
mph to Sri Lankan fans.
“I have to dedicate this win to all the guys who supported us, the Sri Lankan fans who supported us. They backed us when we kept losing, we wanted to do something for them,” Karunaratne said after the shocking win.
Karunaratne admitted disappointing tours of New Zealand and Sri Lanka taught them a lot. “I think the tours of New Zealand and Australia were really tough, we learnt a lot. The players wanted to do better for the team and for themselves. They realised what to do and what not to do, and that’s why we are here,” he added.
Following the unexpected triumph, Sri Lanka have become the first side from Asia to win a Test series in South Africa.
--By A Cricket Correspondent