Sri Lanka needed 78 runs with just 1 wicket in hand. They were meant to lose the match. But Kusal Perera’s heroic innings gave Sri Lanka victory from the clutches of defeat. It was pretty much a nail biting finish and that too in a Test match.
In the first innings , the left-Handed batsman scored a half century . But it was in the second innings that the magic happened. Perera’s knock of 153 toke the match away from the Proteas.
The whole cricketing world applauded this batsman’s capabilities. His innings marked the beginning of new things for Sri Lanka. It was Sri Lanka’s first international win since October 23rd 2018. It was also their second win in Durban.
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Ravichandran Ashwin took to social media to express his delight for this batsman. He wrote about Kusal Perera and the Sri Lankan team that :
Did someone say test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69.
Really Special Win For Us : Perera
Chasing 304 was really a tough task for the young Sr Lankan side . But Kusal Perera believed in himself and his team . He really managed his team well and led them to a victory . His 200 ball 153 was a really special innings for him . He also applauded his teammates also.
He said :
Great effort as a team, specially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed in myself and we did. I did my part, winning as a team. We did our homework. This is a special win for us.