South African captain AB de Villiers shakes hands with Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews after winning the third and final One Day International between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Hambantota on July 12, 2014.
Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates with team-mates after dismissing South African captain AB de Villiers during the second ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on July 9, 2014.
Sri Lanka had remained an under-rated cricketing nation until 1981, when it attained Test status. The history of cricket in the island nation is as old as that in India. Generations of Ceylonese cricketers went unrecognised.