If Sri Lanka manage a series-equalling victory in the third and final Test against England at the Rose Bowl beginning on Thursday, it will be one of their most impressive wins of recent times.
And it would certainly go a long way in helping interim coach Stuart Law, the former Australia batsman, get the job on a permanent basis.
Sri Lanka head into the series finale, which starts on Thursday, without captain and in-form opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had his thumb broken by England quick Chris Tremlett while making a superb 193 in the second Test at Lord's.
Kumar Sangakkara admitted he was a reluctant captain heading into the third and final Test. Sangakkara was back at the helm after Dilshan was ruled out. “I wasn’t ready to take it on, because the fact was I had given it up... Unfortunately there was no vice-captain... So, I decided to say ‘yes’.” he said.