Sri Lanka pull off one of the great Test wins today against South Africa in the 1st Test in Durban

Kusal Perera 51 and 153* against South Africa in the 1st Test
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Sri Lanka pulled off one of the great Test wins today, against South Africa, in the 1st Test in Durban.

Match Summary

South Africa 235 (Temba Bavuma 47, Quinton de Kock 80; Vishwa Fernando 4-62, Kasun Rajitha 3-68) and 259 (Dean Elgar 35, Faf du Plessis 90, Quinton de Kock 55 ; Lasith Embuldeniya 5-66, Vishwa Fernando 4-71)

Sri Lanka 191 (Kusal Perera 51; Dale Steyn 4-48, Vernon Philander 2-32, Kagiso Rabada 2-48) and 304-9 (Kusal Perera 153*, Dhananjaya de Silva 48; Keshav Maharaj 3-71, Duanne Olivier 2-35)

Result – Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket

Scorecard

Kusal Perera 153* and Dhananjaya de Silva 48 batted Sri Lanka to a thrilling one wicket win against South Africa.  Kusal Perera’s innings of 153* was one of the best, bringing Sri Lanka one of the most unlikely Test wins in cricket history - Keshav Maharaj 3-71 and Duanne Olivier 2-35 were the pick of the South Africa bowlers, but this match will be remembered as ‘when Kusal Perera humbled South Africa.’

South Africa will be wondering how they let this match slip away from them, and will need to regroup quickly, before the 2nd and final Test of the series next week.

2nd Test – (Feb 21 - Feb 25) South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

 

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