Tillakaratne Dilshan was delighted by his century against Australia in Galle.
Dilshan, who hit 104 as Sri Lanka dominated on day two, said: "I am very happy to have scored a century against the best team in the world.
"Of my three Test centuries, I value this the most because Australia has two of the best leg-spinners and two of the best fast bowlers in the world."
Australia coach John Buchanan was impressed. He said: "They waited and waited and put away the loose ball."
Dilshan is in a fine run of form since earning a recall to the Test side last December.
Consecutive scores of 63, 100 and 83 helped win the series against England, and this was his first knock since then.
He said: "The pitch is assisting the spinners a lot but our batsmen
used their feet well and didn't allow their spinners to pitch
the ball in the right place.
"Only if the ball pitches in the right place will the spin become effective. If we get a lead of 200-250, we can win this Test, especially on a pitch of this nature," he said.
Buchanan remained upbeat, refusing to criticise his players after a difficult start to the three-match series.
"We would like the scoreboard to be different after two days
but I thought we played reasonably," he reasoned.
"I was very happy with the way we bowled in the conditions and I really don't know whether we could have bowled much better with that attack of two spinners and two fast bowlers.
"What Sri Lanka showed today was an old form of the game and
it was about batting time."