Cape Town - Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha praised stand-in
captain Suranga Lakmal and the rest of the bowling attack as the Asian team
beat the West Indies by six wickets in the third and final Test in Barbados to
salvage a draw in the series.
The tourists knocked off the remaining 63 runs they required
on the fourth day, losing only one wicket on Tuesday, as Kusal Perera and
Dilruwan Perera took the team over the line chasing a target of 144.
Hathurusingha though was quick to give credit to his bowlers
after they dismissed the hosts for just 93 in their second innings.
Sri Lanka had conceded a lead of 50 after teams batted their
first innings but the bowlers stood up when it counted led by lanky seamer
Lakmal - who was leading the side in place of the suspended Dinesh Chandimal -
who returned figures of 3-25 in 11.3 overs.
Hathurusingha said after the game: "It feels really
great and we have had a lot of ups and downs. To come back and level the series
is a great effort.
"We always had hope but the way the game progressed we
were under pressure. Our second innings bowling won us the game. Suranga had a
chat and they rallied around. All credit to all four bowlers.
"Suranga led from the front. That particular 10-over
spell put the Windies under pressure."
Sri Lanka, according to Hathurusingha, will take plenty of
confidence from the shared series.
The also became the first Asian team ever to win a Test
match in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Hathurusingha continued: "For us, it's a young team.
Coming here and winning here for a subcontinent team is not easy.
"This win will give us a lot of confidence."