Durban Test. SL 191, 304-9; RSA 235, 259 || Sri Lanka won by 1 wkt
- Sri Lanka pulled off the Durban heist
- Man of the Match Kusal Perera led Sri Lanka to a thrilling Test win in Durban.
- Perera scored a 200-ball 153 as SL sealed a one-wicket win in Durban
- Kusal Perera’s astonishing knock, defied logic
- ‘Superman’ Perera labels Durban heist a ‘special win’
- Twitter reactions: ‘One of the greatest Test innings of all time’
- Du Plessis : ‘This is what Test cricket should be’
Initially, no body had imagined that Sri Lanka would win at the start of the match. They were earlier humiliated by New Zealand, Australia and England. Beaten by England at home and battered and bruised by New Zealand and Australia Down Under. Plus, one controversy after another kept emerging off the field. At Durban, Sri Lanka found a ‘Never say Never’ hero in Kusal Perera. He led the Sri Lankan fightback till the final moment and emerged a superhuman to guide them home. Many analysts believe that the Durban Test goes right up there in the list of greatest Test matches played in the century. Trent Bridge (2005), Mohali (2010), Headingley (2017) and Durban (2019). Just when the ICC bosses have started to say that Test Cricket is dying, stands remain empty, Durban produced a truly fascinating day of ‘Test’ cricket. Hopefully, their views shall change.
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Sri Lanka leaders praise cricket Test win against South Africa
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took to the Twitter to praise the Sri Lanka Cricket team for their remarkable victory in the first Test match against South Africa in Durban today.
President Sirisena lauded the team for “snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat,” especially, praising Man of the Match Kusal Janith Perera, who scored unbeaten 153, for making Sri Lanka proud.
Congratulations to our cricket team on snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat. Kusal Janith Perera makes mother Sri Lanka very proud today! Keep fighting!
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) February 16, 2019
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated the Sri Lankan team for a “wonderful Test win” and lauded the “Great Spirit” by the team in Durban.
Congratulations @officialslc on a wonderful test win in Durban! Great spirit by @kusaljperera and all the youngsters #SAvSL
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) February 16, 2019
Meanwhile, Sports Minister Harin Fernando taking to Twitter said he is speechless of the team making Sri Lanka “sooo proud”.
I have no words ! Boys made us sooo proud ! I told to have faith they have talent. Weldone ❤️ Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 kusal u beauty and welldone boys the rest of the team and staff.
— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) February 16, 2019