Kusal Perera plays an inning of a lifetime
Kusal Perera today gave us an inning to remember for the lifetime. What we have witnessed today is one of the best Test match inning ever. The first test match of the ongoing series between South Africa and Sri Lanka has to be one of the best test matches ever. No one gave Sri Lanka gave any chance before coming into the series. They have unstable batting order. They have changed multiple skippers in the last few years. Their bowling attack didn’t have any fearsome name and yet they managed to defeat South Africa on their soil in Durban.
First Inning Scores
South Africa was bowled out for 235 runs in the first inning with Quinton de Kock being the highest scorer. He scored 80 in the first inning. Sri Lanka could not match up to their score in the first inning and they were bundled out for 191. Kusal Perera was the highest scorer for the team with 51 runs in his kitty.
Second inning scores
South Africa then scored 259 runs in the second inning. Skipper Faf Du Plessis scored 90 runs in the second inning setting up a target of 304 runs for Sri Lanka in the last inning. Sri Lanka started with skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne. The top order was not able to score much and Sri Lanka went from 42-0 to 110-5. Kusal Perera then joined Dhananjaya de Silva and both of them steadied the inning. Both of them added 96 runs for the 7th wicket and things were looking up bright for Sri Lanka. When the scoreboard showed 206 runs South Africa struck with two wickets. Keshav Maharaj first trapped Dhananjaya de Silva who scored 48 runs. On the very next ball, Suranga Lakmal was out for a duck.
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Kusal Perera fights back and Sri Lanka wins
At this point, the match looked over for Sri Lanka but Kusal Perera had other plans. From here onwards this was one man game. Kusal Perera started attacking South African bowlers to take the game as close as possible. South Africa further damaged Sri Lanka as the scoreboard showed 226-9. Sri Lanka still needed 78 runs to win the match. Kusal Perera and last batsman Vishwa Fernando were at the crease. Vishwa Fernando made only 6 runs; however, he played crucial 27 balls. At the other end, Kusal Perera was playing the extraordinary brave inning.
This was an amazing moment when Kusal Perera hit the four on Kagiso Rabada to take the team to cross the winning line. Perera scored 153 off 200 balls hitting 12 fours and 5 sixes as Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket.
All hail Kusal Perera.