Mahela Jayawardene paid glowing tributes to his two most experienced performers -- Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya -- after they played crucial roles in their 158-run win over Bangladesh.
"Murali was too hot to handle for Bangladesh and it is good to see him among the wickets once we are in the final now. Sanath is absolutely amazing and he remains hungry for runs," Jayawardene said after the match.
The Sri Lankan skipper said that the 201-run opening stand between Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara, who also scored a hundred, had set up the big win and a place in the final.
"We are taking every match seriously and we didn't let up on the pressure today as well. We are here to win the Asia Cup and we have to keep on accelerating our performances," he stated.
Jayawardene said Jayasuriya had shown that he still remained a top player after making a comeback to the team since being dropped earlier this year from the one-day squad.
"The selectors took the right decision at that time. They had to take a decision. Sanath had not scored a fifty in 20 innings and they had to look for younger replacements.
"But when Sanath made runs in the IPL they brought him back. I think the right decisions were taken at the right time," he said.