Twitter Reactions: Kusal Perera’s masterclass shell-shocks South Africa in Durban
Perera and Vishwa Fernando put on 78 runs for the last wicket.
Updated - Feb 16, 2019 7:01 pm
Very few gave Sri Lanka a chance to win their opening Test against South Africa. However, the team came out all guns blazing and shocked Faf du Plessis and Co and emerged victorious by one wicket on the fourth day. Kusal Perera stood like a rock and churned out a masterful century. Following his half-century in the first innings, the southpaw showed nerves of steel to steer his team to glory in Durban.
Perera and Fernando takes charge
Oshada Fernando and Kusal Perera were the overnight batsmen and they had a tall ask ahead of them. Unfortunately, they couldn’t add much to their overnight score as speedster Dale Steyn accounted for the wicket of Fernando after he scored 37 runs with five boundaries. However, Perera didn’t drop his guard and went on to notch a gutsy half-century before the lunch break in a mere 75 deliveries.
Niroshan Dickwella fell prey to Steyn for a golden duck. Nevertheless, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera played out the rest of the overs in the first session. The stand went from strength to strength and it carried on even in the post-lunch session. The pair added 96 runs for the sixth wicket. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj dismissed de Silva for 48 to give South Africa the much-needed breakthrough.
Perera marches on
Maharaj nipped out Suranga Lakmal in the same over to pick up the seventh Lankan wicket. At the other end, Perera was running out of partners as at that point in time, Dimuth Karunaratne’s team needed 98 runs to get with three wickets. The onus was then on the shoulders of Perera to shepherd the team and see his team through. Lasith Embuldeniya was the next man to be dismissed by pacer Duanne Olivier.
Maharaj got the ninth wicket in the form of Kasun Rajitha. With 78 runs needed, Vishwa Fernando joined Perera in the middle. The hosts were nearing a win, but the duo had other ideas. Perera notched his ton in 146 balls. Fernando lent him the support. Perera went on to remain not out on 153 from 200 balls with 12 fours and five sixes and eventually saw his team through to a famous victory, defying the odds.
Here is how Twitter heaped praise on the Lankans
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2019
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 16, 2019
Congratulations boys. What a game of cricket. Ful credit goes to @KusalJPerera. It was real team work boys.what way to win a game in South African soil. Wel done boys. Congrats to everyone. 👏👏👏👏👏👏
— Dhammika Prasad (@imDhammika) February 16, 2019
Well played Kusal Perera and @OfficialSLC 👏🏻👏🏻that was a knock for the ages. Gripping test cricket. Gosh I hope test cricket continues to be this good all year as we’ve seen in the last three weeks.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2019
Meanwhile an absolute historic win for SL,Perera ends with an unbeaten 153,a record 10th wicket stand in a successful chase,they were 226/9 chasing 304! Incredible win.. #SAvSL
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) February 16, 2019
How is this!! #SAvSL
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) February 16, 2019
What a finish to the #SAvsSL test match!! Unbelievable knock 👏👏
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) February 16, 2019
Sensational from Kusal Perera 🔥🔥🔥 #SAvSL
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 16, 2019
Meanwhile down in Durban🤭🤭🤭🤭
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2019
That was an absolutely incredible chase by Sri Lanka! 78 run 10th wicket partnership… Test cricket at it’s best. #SAvSL 🇱🇰
— Callum Ferguson (@calferguson12) February 16, 2019
SRI LANKA WIN! What a win. What brilliant batting by Kusal Perera. Test match cricket at its best! #SAvSL
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) February 16, 2019
Highest 10th wicket partnerships in 4th innings to win a Test match:
78* – Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando vs SA, Today
57* – Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed vs AUS, 1994#SAvSL
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) February 16, 2019
Wanting to be loyal to the PSL but I've had the TV on South Africa versus Sri Lanka for the last 30mins 😃 #SAvSL
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 16, 2019
WHAT A WIN! KUSAL PERERA YOU LEGEND WHAT A GAME.
South Africa, oh South Africa.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 16, 2019
— aditya kukalyekar (@adikuks) February 16, 2019
What a win for SL.. to win a test match in South Africa while batting 4th is an enormous achievement. Kudos to Kusal Perera, if I'm not mistaken he ditched an IPL contract with SRH to concentrate on domestic cricket and get in the SL test match side. #savsl @RusselArnold69
— Satyakam (@satyakam92) February 16, 2019
Meanwhile what a chase by SriLanka. Kusal perera take a bow🔥🔥#SLvSA
— Shahid Khurshid (@imShahid10) February 16, 2019
— Venkatraman Ganesan (@venky1976) February 16, 2019
Sensational stuff from Sri Lanka! Who said test match cricket was boring and dying!?! Well batted Kusal Perera 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— Kiran Mistry (@kiranmist) February 16, 2019
— Gulzar Nayik (@naikgulzar) February 16, 2019
Oh what a test match
Well done srilanka
Well done Kusal perera#SAvSL
— Samartha GGG (@samartha_ggg) February 16, 2019
What a match! What an innings from Kusal Perera! Unbelievable! Classical Test match one could ever see. #SAvSL
— shashi (@shashi427) February 16, 2019
@bhogleharsha @vikrantgupta73 Thrilling test match finish at Durban – one to remember! Never know this win will show some light to Sri Lanka cricket at the end of tunnel.Great effort #kusalperera ! #TestcricketistheKING
— Suraj Gosavi (@surajgosavi20) February 16, 2019
Kusal Perera has registered himself in the list of all-time great Test innings. Very reminiscent of Lara's virtuoso 153* vs Aus in Barbados 1999. Kusal Perera, coincidentally, finishes on 153*. @OfficialSLC
— Dhanush Shetty (@IamDshetty) February 16, 2019
What a chase @OfficialSLC . Top knock by Parera . Alongside t20 leagues Test Cricket at its very best 👌
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) February 16, 2019
— Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) February 16, 2019
Conceding first innings lead. Chasing over 300 in the fourth innings. Sri Lanka has just scripted one of the most memorable Test match victories of modern times. Well played 😊🙌 #SAvSL
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 16, 2019
Congratulations Siri lanka.and well played Kushal Perera. This is beauty of cricket test cricket
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) February 16, 2019
What a beauty !!!! One of the best inings under presure. Showed intelligents and mental strength KJP and very proud of you. 👍👊
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) February 16, 2019