Kusal Perera: Sri Lanka claim one-wicket win in South Africa after record last-wicket stand

Kusal Perera had made simplest one century in his previous 27 Test innings
First Test, Durban, South Africa (day four of 5)
South Africa 235 (De Kock 80, Fernando 4-68) & 259 (Du Plessis 90, Embuldeniya 5-66)
Sri Lanka 191 (Perera 51, Steyn 4-forty eight) & 304 (Perera 153*)
Sri Lanka won by one wicket

Kusal Perera hit an unbeaten 153 as Sri Lanka chased 304 to reveal a soft one-wicket retract over South Africa in the first Test in Durban.

He and Vishwa Fernando, who made six now now not out, added an unbroken 78 to rescue Sri Lanka from 229-9 on the fourth day.

It used to be the very best last-wicket stand in a profitable fourth-innings race in first-class cricket.

“It used to be a superman effort,” stated South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. “He (Perera) deserves all the accolades.”

Perera stated: “I’m rather tired now. I plan now now not know what to impart.”

“I knew we couldn’t retract this match by perfect scoring singles. When the time felt upright for me, I took my potentialities.

“Vishwa suggested me, ‘I will hit the ball with my physique, if nothing else. You plan what it is seemingly you’ll perhaps well additionally.’ I took quite loads of energy from that. He did an gargantuan job.”

A Sri Lanka defeat regarded the in all likelihood prospect for some distance of the day, which began with the vacationers 88-3 and left-handed Perera on 12.

Dhananjaya de Silva made forty eight from number seven, adding 96 for the sixth wicket with Perera earlier than a collapse of 4 wickets for 20 runs.

Perera used to be on 86 when he used to be joined by number 11 Fernando, who had returned match figures of 8-123 with the ball.

Fernando batted for better than an hour and faced 27 deliveries as Perera marshalled a most appealing partnership that spanned virtually 16 overs.

The previous perfect last-wicket stand to retract a Test used to be 57 by Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed in opposition to Australia in Karachi in 1994.

Perera’s innings, which occupied 200 balls and contained 12 fours and five sixes, used to be his perfect salvage in 15 Tests.

Victory used to be simplest Sri Lanka’s 2d in 14 Tests in South Africa.

The 2d and last Test in Port Elizabeth starts on Thursday.

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