Rajapaksa praises Jayasuriya and Mendis for Asia cup win

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Colombo, Jul 7 (UNI) After thrashing India in the Asia cup final yesterday, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today heaped praises on experienced opener Sanath Jayasuriya and unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis for their superb performance.

Rajapakse congratulated skipper Mahela Jayawardene for retaining the title.

He observed that excellent team spirit, sportsmanship and fighting qualities were the key to their success and to bring glory to the country.

Mendis took 6-13 to bowl out formidable Indian batting line up for just 173 in less than 40 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 273 which revolved around a majestic 125 from 114 balls from swashbuckling opener Jayasuriya.

''By winning the Asia Cup for the fourth time you have proved that Sri Lanka remains a formidable force in cricket,'' Rajapaksa said.

''Your success is an encouragement to all our sportsmen and sportswomen, and I wish you all success in the forthcoming series against India in Sri Lanka, and other important tournaments that lie ahead,'' he said.

''I also send my special good wishes to young Ajantha Mendis for his magnificent bowling performance and to Sanath Jayasuriya for his continued achievements in batting, both of which helped steer Sri Lanka to this outstanding victory,'' he added.

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