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Kusal Perera's masterclass helps Sri Lanka script rare record after thrilling 1-wicket win over South Africa

Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after Kusal Perera's unbeaten 153 helped the visitors clinch a thrilling 1-wicket win in Kingsmead Durban.

Sri Lanka snatched a thrilling 1-wicket win in the first Test against South Africa in Kingsmead, Durban, thanks to a stunning knock from Kusal Perera. The left-hander almost single-handedly took Sri Lanka over the line playing an unbelievable knock of an unbeaten 153 runs. Perera combined with Visha Fernando (6) to stage a last-wicket partnership of an unbeaten 78 runs and did the unthinkable to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. 
The win meant Sri Lanka entered record books by becoming the first ever Asian team to successfully chase down a fourth innings target of above 300 runs in SENA countries. It was an incredible run chase from Sri Lanka, architected by Perera, who looked unstoppable as he tore apart the South African bowling attack to register his highest ever individual score in Tests. 
Sri Lanka's recent Test record has been far from impressive considering their poor run of form and a long list of injuries. However, the visitors once again showed great fighting spirit to snatch the game away from South Africa's claws. Chasing a hefty 304. Sri Lanka were reduced to 110/5 when Perera combined with Dhananjaya de Silva (48) to post a 96-run stand for the sixth wicket and pull his side back in the game. 
However, South Africa were quick to bounce back after Silva was removed on 48 off 79 deliveries by Keshav Maharaj. Perera then took the matters in his own hands and delivered a memorable performance to take Sri Lanka over the line. He combined with Fernando for the last-wicket and the duo remained unbeaten to pull off a true Test masterclass. 
South Africa always had the upper hand in the contest right from their first innings as they posted 235/10 on the board in their first innings before Dale Steyn picked up a magnificent 4-wicket haul to bundle out Sri Lanka for 191. A gritty 90 from skipper Faf du Plessis then saw the hosts post 259 runs on the board in their second innings. 
It seemed unlikely that Sri Lanka had any chance of pulling off a miraculous run-chase until Perera turned the game on its head with his memorable knock. 

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