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Dambulla ton one of my best against India: Jayasuriya

January 30, 2009 14:39 IST

His team may have ended up on the losing side, but explosive Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya rates the century in the first One-Day International of the ongoing series at Dambulla as one of the finest he has hit against India.

"It (the century) will be the one I remember most among all the hundreds that I have scored against them (India)," Jayasuriya said.

At 39 years of age, the left-hander from Matara broke former England opener Geoff Boycott's record as the oldest man to score a century with his 28th ton in Dambulla.

"I think my 107 on Wednesday was good because I was playing to meet the team's demands. The ball was seaming mostly in the morning and we did not have the best of starts when Dilshan got run-out," Jayasuriya said.

Asked to name his best innings against India, the left-hander said, "There is nothing like my 151 not out."

That was when he mauled the Indians to all parts of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai in May 1997. All the Indian bowlers, including Anil Kumble and current bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, were put to sword in an innings lasting under two hours.

 Jayasuriya said age is catching up with him but his enthusiasm has not diminished and he remains hungry for more runs.

"I know I have aged but I still have the same keenness to make runs," he said.

On his team's chances of winning the series against India, Jayasuriya said the Sri Lankans need to tighten up their fielding and bowling to make a comeback in the ongoing five-match series, which the hosts trail 0-1.

"It is all about putting pressure but we let that slip a bit at Dambulla," Jayasuriya said.

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