Sri Lanka created history in Port Elizabeth, to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa. With a comfortable eight-wicket win led by Oshado Fernando and Kusal Mendis, they beat the hosts 2-0 after chasing down 197 comfortably.
Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis struck unbeaten half-centuries as the tourists completed an eight-wicket victory.
Sri Lanka join England and Australia as the only teams to win a Test series in South Africa.
On seeing this historic win, Russel Arnold former Sri Lankan cricketer of Tamil descent, who played all forms of the game got excited and trolled Srini mama, a parody twitter account of Srinivasan, a former chairman of ICC.
He celebrated his team’s win in Super Deluxe Vijay Sethupathi’s style. In his tweet Arnold wrote “Oru naal oru aala puli thoratha avan meda thaandi sarivula paanji kodiya pudichi thonga, andha kodi paambu nu theriya, ennada elavu valka nu mela paatha oru thaen koodu iruka, avan naaka neeti thaena nakki AAGA NU SONNA?
@SriniMaama16 Dei Maama Sri Lanka Super Deluxe paathiya?🤩”
Oru naal oru aala puli thoratha avan meda thaandi sarivula paanji kodiya pudichi thonga, andha kodi paambu nu theriya, ennada elavu valka nu mela paatha oru thaen koodu iruka, avan naaka neeti thaena nakki AAGA NU SONNA?@SriniMaama16 Dei Maama Sri Lanka Super Deluxe paathiya?🤩
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 23, 2019
For this tweet Tamilnadu parody account of Srinivasan commented with the dialogue from “Ennai Arinthal” :
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) February 23, 2019
This tweet received excellent reactions from the fans of Tamilnadu. Check out their reactions :
— T.S.Suresh (@editorsuresh) February 23, 2019
Dude, this is awesome. Didn’t expect this from you
— Santhosh Rupert (@SanthoshRupertt) February 23, 2019
— Ramana (@ramanaaxe) February 23, 2019
பாத்தேன் அர்னால்டு மச்சி👌
தரமான சிறப்பான நக்கு👌தென்னாப்பிரிக்க தேனை!
அதுவும் ரெண்டு வாட்டி💪
— புலி🐯 (@AravindPitchai) February 23, 2019
Dey Arnold nee pesuda
— Karthik (@karthik2607) February 23, 2019
Tweet of the century!! Super class Arnie!
— Fawzan Fareid(ファウザン ファレイド) (@fawzie_neXgen) February 23, 2019
— Crazy_lankan (@CLankan) February 23, 2019
Haha !!! Tweet of the decade
— SR3 (@sriniramadurai) February 23, 2019
Srilanka win pannita pothum Chindrasa Kaila pudika mudiyathu 😊
First Asian team have won the series against SA in southafrica💪💪💪
— Sriram Santhanam (@gautam_sriram) February 23, 2019
— ராவணன்🙏 रावन💪RAVAN (@LANKATHYPATHY) February 23, 2019
Eppa deii ivanuku yarachum thanniya vainga, romba nal kalichu happy ah tweet poduran 😂😂
— Parthasarathi (@iam_sarathy) February 23, 2019
Before the two-Test series the Sri Lankans had not won a game in any format since October 2018.
“This victory is dedicated to the Sri Lanka fans who have continued to support us because they were always behind us when we were losing,” said Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
“It’s not easy when you come to South Africa, so to win the series 2-0 is brilliant.”
Sri Lanka’s victory in the first Test came in thrilling style after they chased 304 to claim a one-wicket win in Durban, with Kusal Perera hitting an unbeaten 153 to guide the tourists to victory after they had been 229-9.
They outplayed South Africa in the second Test at St George’s Park, bowling the hosts out for 128 in their second innings on Friday.
Sri Lanka resumed on day three at 60-2 and Mendis reached 84 while Fernando contributed 75 in an unbeaten stand of 163 for the third wicket in their successful chase.
Sri Lanka have won two of their last six Test series, both against South Africa whose run of seven consecutive home Test series wins came to an end.