Sri Lanka won by one wicket at the 1st Test played against South Africa at Durban. South Africa scored 235 runs 259 runs in their 2nd innings. Sri Lanka were all out for 191 runs for their first innings and had a target of 304 runs. Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando made a record-breaking 10th wicket score. Sri Lanka’s last pair came together with 78 still needed and victory virtually assured for South Africa, but as Vishwa clung limpet-like to the crease Perera slugged, slapped and swiped his way to the target. It was the highest last-wicket stand in a successful fourth-innings chase in first-class cricket. Along the way, both men reached their highest Test scores – Perera finishing on 153, while Vishwa’s more modest – but no less vital in the final analysis – contribution was 6 not out.
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