The Sri Lanka cricket team produced a sublime innings to defeat South Africa in the first Test match. Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock’s 90 and 55 went in vain as Sri Lanka won by one wicket.
Kusal Perera’s unbeaten 153 made the difference as the Lankan Lions posted 304. Dhananjaya de Silva’s 48 was also a welcome bonus. Naturally, Twitter and social media went ballistic upon seeing this match.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) 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
Kusal Perera completes the first Test hundred for Sri Lanka in 8 team innings.
He faced down some brutal bowling, got hit, defused the spinner on a wearing pitch, made desperate leaps into his crease, and has scrapped for every run.
A century of a very high quality.#SAvSL
— Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) February 16, 2019
KJP! KJP! KJP!
He does it with a signature Ranatunge late cut 😍
— ThePapare.com (@ThePapareSports) February 16, 2019
Kusal Perera’s innings the best since Lara’s chase at Barbados in 1999? Coincidentally, that was also 153 not out. Also, made just two weeks after having his helmet smashed in at Canberra. #SAvSL
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) February 16, 2019
153 not out – same score as Brian Lara finished on in Barbados in that one-wicket win v Australia in 1999 #SAvSL
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) February 16, 2019
Take a bow, @KusalJPerera 🙌
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) February 16, 2019
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) February 16, 2019
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 16, 2019
SRI LANKA WIN BY ONE WICKET!
Kusal Perera is the hero – he finishes 153no! One of the most special innings you will see to take his side to victory after 78-run stand for the last wicket!
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) February 16, 2019
One of the greatest Test innings has brought one the greatest Test wins. Well done Perera, well done Sri Lanka #SAvSL
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 16, 2019
That is surely one of the greatest Test innings of all time. Sri Lanka had won one of their previous 19 matches in all formats; they were playing one of the world's strongest bowling attacks in their own conditions, chasing 304 to win & were reduced to 226 for 9. Bonkers. #SAvSL
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) February 16, 2019
— Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) February 16, 2019