Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first test on Saturday.
Kusal Perera almost single-handedly won the game with his 153 not out, his highest test score, with number 11 Vishwa Fernando (six not out), taking Sri Lanka to a victory target of 304.
Kusal Perera’s innings the best since Lara’s chase at Barbados in 1999? Coincidentally, that was also 153 not out. Also, made just two weeks after having his helmet smashed in at Canberra. #SAvSL
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) February 16, 2019
Sri Lanka’s victory gives it a 1-0 lead in the short two-test series and ends South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins.
The win was Sri Lanka’s first victory in any format since October.
The second and final test will be held at Port Elizabeth from February 21 to 25 and South Africa can only salvage a draw with a win there.
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