Sri Lankan batsman Kusala Perera has scripted history in Test cricket with miraculous innings against mighty South Africa in Durban. Sri Lanka needed 78 runs for an unlikely win over South Africa when they lost their ninth wicket. But Vishwa Fernando held his own against the strong South African bowling attack with Kusal Perera exploding at the other end. The Sri Lankan paced his innings to perfection to steal a one-wicket win and remained unbeaten on 153.
It was the highest last-wicket stand in a successful fourth-innings chase in first-class cricket.
The previous highest last-wicket stand to win a Test was 57 by Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed against Australia in Karachi in 1994.
Perera’s innings, which occupied 200 balls and contained 12 fours and five sixes, was his highest score in 15 Tests.
The victory was only Sri Lanka’s second in 14 Tests in South Africa.
Perera’s innings of a lifetime also saw him equal West Indies legend Brian Lara’s record for the highest score by a batsman in a one-wicket win in Test cricket history. Lara had made 153 not out in the one-wicket win over Australia in Bridgetown in 1999.