1st Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka TEST Series 2019, 13 Feb 2019
Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket
BALL BY BALL
RR: 3.56 | This over: 6 Run(s) 0 w(s)
78 runs, 95 balls
Kasun Rajitha (1r 10b 0x4 0x6)
SR: 10.00 lbw b Keshav Maharaj
226/9 (69.4 ov)
Player Of The Match
He's done it, unbelievable scenes in Durban as Kusal Perera completes one of the greatest fourth innings runchases we've seen for many years. Delight for Sri Lanka, agony for South Africa. Kusal Perera has led Sri Lanka to a sensational victory at Kingsmead, they beat South Africa by 1 wicket after a thrilling tenth wicket stand. Vishwa Fernando soaked up the pressure of the fast bowlers steaming in at him with the new ball, while Perera unleashed some devastating strokes at the other end. The left-hander took plenty of painful blows earlier in the day but refused to let it bother him as he compiled the innings of his life. The unbroken partnership of 78 took the tourists to the target in a nail-biting finish, a great advert for Test cricket. The Proteas struggled to either contain Perera or attack Fernando at the end, they will be gutted and feel as though this match slipped through their fingers. Double strikes earlier in the day from Dale Steyn and Keshav Maharaj looked like they would be enough for the hosts, but Kusal Perera emerged the hero. After that gripping battle the Second Test will definitely be one not to miss, it starts on Thursday in Port Elizabeth.
85.3 - K Rabada to K Perera
Back of a length, to leg on the back foot Steer, well timed past third man for 4 runs.
85.2 - K Rabada to K Perera
Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot glancing, hit pad to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Elgar.
85.1 - K Rabada to K Perera
Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to third man for no runs, fielded by Steyn.
0 0 1 6 0 1
84.6 - D Steyn to K Perera
Half volley, off stump on the front foot Steer, to gully for 1 run, fielded by Markram.
84.5 - D Steyn to K Perera
Slower ball back of a length, off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep point for no runs, fielded by Amla.
Smoked over the ropes again, unbelievable hitting by Kusal Perera. He's treating one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time like he's a medium paced trundler.
84.4 - D Steyn to K Perera
Back of a length, middle stump on the front foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep square leg for 6 runs.
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