SA vs SL 1st Test Highlights: Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first test on Saturday as Kusal Perera almost single-handedly won the game with his 153 not out. Chasing an unlikely 304, Sri Lanka was 226-9 and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.
Sri Lanka’s victory gives it a 1-0 lead in the short two-test series and ends South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins. Sri Lanka’s 304-9 was the third-highest successful run chase in nearly 100 years of test cricket at the Kingsmead ground in Durban.
Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2019Kingsmead, Durban 26 March 2019
South Africa 235 (59.4) & 259 (79.1)
Sri Lanka 191 (59.2) & 304/9 (85.3)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4 Highlights from Durban:
SRI LANKA WIN BY ONE WICKET!
What a thriller in Durban as Kusal Perera brings up 150 in one of the best Test knocks to help his side win the first Test against South Africa by 1 wicket
Kusal Perera scored a 200-ball 153 as 🇱🇰 sealed a one-wicket win in Durban. #KJP #SensationalKJP #SAvSL— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) February 16, 2019
SA 235 & 259 ( Lasith Embuldeniya 5/66, Vishwa Fernando 4/71) vs SL 191 & 304/9 (85.3 Ovs, KJP 153*, Dhananjaya de Silva 48, Oshada Fernando 37) pic.twitter.com/AaGLmh1OaS
Another six! Kusal Perera (148*) smashes his fifth six! Sri Lanka need seven runs, South Africa need one wicket. Whose way will this go?
What a brilliant Test match underway. Kusal goes for the pull, gets a top edge for a six. Sri Lanka need 14 runs with one wicket in hand.
Could go any way now
An extraordinary match underway in Durban. Sri Lanka need 30 runs to win while South Africa require a wicket to end the match.
250 up for SL
Sri Lanka need less than 50 runs to win, bringing up their 250. South Africa require one wicket to win. This is a tricky situation for both the sides.
A fantastic knock from Kusal Perera brings up his second Test century. He becomes the first Asian to score a 4th innings century in South Africa. Overall, the 4th Sri Lankan to score a Test century in South Africa. Sri Lanka are 243/9, need 61 runs to win.
Keshav Maharaj strikes as he traps Kasun Rajitha leg before wicket. The batsman challenges the decision. TV replay shows that the ball was pitched in line and was hitting the leg-stump. SL: 226/9
Duanne Olivier is brought back in the attack and he strikes in his very first over. That was a soft dismissal. A short delivery coming towards Lasith Embuldeniya body and he tries to pull it away. The ball hits his glove and tosses up in the air and Markram takes a simple catch at short leg. SL: 215/8
Wickets in consecutive deliveries for Maharaj as Suranga Lakmal walks back to the pavilion for a duck. A flighted delivery and Lakmal attempts a shot but unfortunate for the Sri Lankan batsman as it takes an edge and goes to Du Plessis at first slip. SL: 206/7
Keshav Maharaj breaks the 90-run stand between Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera and this is an important breakthrough for South Africa because the partnership looked threatening. Dhananjaya de Silva misses out on his half-century by two runs as he tried to sweep the ball but fails to make any contact. The umpire was not convinced but the Proteas were confident as they decided to take the review. TV replay shows that the ball was hitting the stumps. SL: 206/6
The batsmen are out in the middle to start the second session of the day. Dale Steyn will bowl the first over after the break.
After losing two wickets in the first session, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera guide the Sri Lanka inning as they reach 166/5 at Lunch.
150 up for SL
Sri Lanka come up with 150 with a loss of five wickets. Perera's half-century has steadied the visitors' progress with Dhananjaya de Silva at 23. Sri Lanka need 141 runs to win.
Caught and Bowled
Dale Steyn is on fire as he scalps another wicket in the same over. A fullish delivery bowled right at the off stump and Niroshan Dickwella tries to push the ball without any feet movement. The ball goes straight towards Steyn, who takes a brilliant one-handed catch in his followthrough. SL: 110/5
A cross-seam delivery pitched inches wide outside the off stump forcing Oshada Fernando to play the ball. The ball takes a nick and goes straight to Faf du Plessis standing at the second slip. Fernando departs after scoring 37. SL: 110/4
100 up for Sri Lanka
A uppish delivery by Dale Steyn and Kusal Perera drives the ball towards mid-off to complete a single. That brings up the 100 for Sri Lanka.
HERE WE GO!
The batsmen are out in the middle and Oshada Fernando will face the first delivery. Kagiso Rabada will start the proceedings for the hosts.
Hello and Welcome!
Hello and welcome to the Live Coverage of the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan. Despite being bundled up for 259 in their second innings, the Proteas are still sitting in the comfort zone as they are seven wickets away from yet another Test win. Chasing a target of 304, Sri Lanka got off to a decent start but the visitors were soon pushed to backfoot as they lost three quick wickets in the final session of the day. With 221 runs more to win, Sri Lanka would be looking to start afresh on the fourth day with Oshada Fernando and Kusal Perera resuming the chase from 83/3. Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES