Sanath on top of Guyana's records book
CHAMPION: Sanath Jayasuriya who is batting like a champion,
putting to shame many a youngster, created a record when he became the
first player to blast a hundred in the new Providence Stadium, in Guyana
against the West Indies in the Super 8 match on Sunday.
Jayasuriya who has a knack of setting up batting records, said after
the game that the match-winning century was the most memorable of the 25
centuries he has blasted in his career.
He said that he classes this three figure mark as one of the best
because it was made under tremendous pressure.
'I always want to perform for my country and give my captain 100 per
cent to win', said Jayasuriya who led Sri Lanka in the previous World
Cup in South Africa when Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals.
Mahela Jayawardena who is a favourite of the media here, said that
the wicket was not easy at the start and he too would have asked the
opponents in if he had called correctly.
After losing two early wickets, Jayasuriya and Jaywardena wanted to
see through the first 15 overs. Once that hurdle was cleared the wicket
eased up and the innings was built. 'Sanath changed the momentum and it
was a great knock.
When the Windies batted we did not want to give them room for an
explosive start which their openers - Dwaynne Bravo and Chris Gayle are
capable of and that we succeeded, helped us to move on with our game
plan', said the successful Sri Lanka captain.
Jayawardena said they would not be sitting on these laurels but would
be continuing to work hard to improve all areas, as they always do. 'In
Antigua everything would be different. It would be a different ground,
different wicket and different conditions. We take one game at a time
and move on from there' said Jayawardena.
In the meantime with the West Indies chances of making further
progress and attempting to be the first host country to win the World
Cup fast fading, skipper Brian Lara, who was cleverly stumped by wicket
keeper Kumar Sangakkara, acknowledged that his team's performance was
Lara said that they were outclassed by Sri Lanka, but that they would
re-group during the next seven days before taking on South Africa in
Grenada, two Tuesdays away on April 10.
Lara admitted that the performance was disappointing and the fans who
packed the Providence Stadium would also be disappointed. But told them
that everything is not lost and asked them to remain upbeat.
But there is no doubt that the West Indies is a team in a crisis,
what with skipper Brian Lara and selector, the former West Indian fast
bowler Andy Roberts trading words and making allegations.
Jayasuriya has a vast following here in the Caribbean, because his
lusty hitting resembles that of the West Indian style of play.
The usually aggressive Jayasuriya was a pedestrian for the first 15
overs which was a revelation. But once he began to unwind, fours and
sixes began to cascade from his bat, and the noise the spectators were
making urging Jayasuriya on, it looked as though the stadium was packed
with Sri Lankans.
Antigua, West Indies, Tuesday