Nottingham: Sri Lankan skipper described Sanath Jayasuriya as a "genius" after the opener's brilliant knock against West Indies in the World Twenty20 on Wednesday.
Jayasuriya turns 40 this month but looked as young as he smashed 10 fours and three sixes in his side's 192 for five.
Sanath, Dilshan slay West Indies
"Sanath is a genius and he was ably supported by Dilshan. They proved that with a good start you can put up a very defendable total," said Sangakkara.
"The main thing today was to get momentum and Im happy with the way the guys played."
Jayasuriya was dismissed for two runs in the opening victory over Australia and has been struggling recently for runs with many questioning his place in the team.
But he gave a fitting reply to his critics in Wednesday's Group C match at Trent Bridge.
"I am enjoying my cricket, but I get great support from my teammates," said the veteran.
Age is never a factor for Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka begin their Super Eights campaign on Friday against Pakistan at Lords while West Indies tackle defending champions India on the same day at the same venue.
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