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Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban, Feb 13-16, 2019

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South Africa 235/10 & 259/10
(59.4 Overs) RR: 3.93


Sri Lanka 191/10 & 304/9
(59.2 Overs) 3.21
Batsman R B S.R
Kusal Perera (lhb) * 153 200 76.50
Dhananjaya de Silva (rhb) 48 79 60.75
Bowller O M R W Econ
Keshav Maharaj (sla) 20.0 1 71 3 3.55
Duanne Olivier (sla) 16.0 3 35 2 2.18

Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket

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Ball by Ball Live Score Commentary

3.55pm What a great game. One of the best-ever. Period. But for now that’s all from our side. But do check back in some time for some more great stuff, from Andrew Fidel Fernando and from rest of us. With that, this is Hemant Brar, singing off on the behalf of Liam Brickhill and Ranjith P. See you soon.

Lakshitha: “Stopped watching when Sri Lanka were 110 for 5, thinking that it would be another heart break. As it turns out, I am heart broken since I could watch the epic finish…! Long live test cricket…!”

Alan Hardy: “”The last wicket stand was 78, Alagappan tells me, Fernando got only five of those, four from an overthrow”—6, actually….” — Ah, right.

A. Sensarma: “They missed Philander with his accuracy and skill against tailenders. But we can take nothing away from what has been the most stunning chase I’ve seen in a long time. Cheers, everyone involved!”

Terry Harpot: “Kusal Mendis has played the greatest Test knock I will ever see. It’s been a pleasure. Now, let me lie down. I need to, and so does everyone involved in the match. Surely, one of he greatest matches in the history of the game?”

Deepak Samson: “I am a huge fan of Faf but he lost the plot today…..taking the second new ball and allowing Kusal to farm the strike effortlessly was luke warm captaincy….also kudos to Kusal for not with drawing into a shell and keep scoring briskly…that was what won it in the end…”

Abhijato: “I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life, and so will everyone else who saw it. I Kusal-ute you, Mendis!”

Ahaan: “@Patrick: Not quite. For SA you wrote for how many runs they lost 5 wickets, i.e. 6th wicket partnership not included. But for SL you wrote how much the last 5 partnerships scored.”

Patrick: “Last 5 wickets in the 2nd innings, SA – 8 & SL – 194. Thisara Perera almost did it vs NZ ODI, but Kusal Perera just won it……… respect!!!!! ”

PS: “Faf has been poor today. Not being able to stop the single is the least of it. For major portions of the day, it seemed like he had taken that a win was guaranteed. His decision making was casual, keeping Rabada on too long after lunch, and ditto Maharaj before the new ball. And the taking the hard new ball with a set batsman and target in 30’s was the worst decision. ”

Binura Kandanea: “Vishwa Fernando apart from surviving 27 balls also took the most number of wickers in the match. Great game for him too.”

Stu: “Never playing poker against Dimuth, the most underwhelming assessment of Perera’s innings could bluff me any day… ”

Lakwin: “What a brilliant test Innings by Kusal Janith! Marshaled the tail to orchestrate one of our great test wins. Credit to Embuldeniya and Vishwa as well, they made this possible with their tireless bowling. KJPs innings surely will go down as one of the best innings by a SLankan in a chase, along with Mahelas 152* vs SA in 2006”

Kusal Perera is the Man-of-the-Match. “I am bit tired now,” Kusal says [he looks exhausted]. “I don’t know what to say. The lower order supported well. I believed myself in that time, and we did it. Still I am thinking I did my part. This is really special win for us. We did a lot of homework, a lot of hard work.”

Dimuth Karunaratne: That was a really good game. We had a tough series in Australia but we learnt well. We have lost a lot of matches in last few years, so it’s a proud moment for us, the team, and for me as captain. (On dressing room scenes) We were staying in our places, we were not moving. I think he [Kusal Perera] batted really well, getting a hundred in South Africa is not easy, against this fast bowling attack. The two debutants did really well. Fernando also did a really good job with the ball and then he supported Kusal as well.

Faf du Plessis: Incredible game of cricket. Very disappointing to end on the losing side. As fans, that’s the kind of Test match you want watch. Superman effort from Perera to get those runs. I think we were 50 runs short in the first innings and another 30-50 in the second. (On collapse in the second innings): Myself and Vern were batting that time and it was all placid. And then I hit the ball into the paint and they changed the ball. And suddenly there was swing. Yes, I know spinner took a fifer. But I still thought 300 was enough but great batting took it away from us. Towards the end we got a few balls at the tailender but there were a few plays and misses. One of them could have been a nick. We lost Vern, but with three seamers and Keshav, I would have still backed my side. But you have to give credit where it’s due.

3.28pm Time for presentation.

PhilFour: “@malik adnan: So did I, my friend, so did I. What a back-against-the-wall performance. He nearly pulled one off against NZ a few weeks back, what an effort by Perera – and by Fernando, who endured 27 deliveries to keep things going.”

Ntokozo Qwabe: “Great knock from Perera but extremely poor captaincy from Faf! Read the commentary again and see how many times Perera was simply allowed to take a single off the fourth ball. Extremely negative and fits into a trend of modern captaincy where the top order batsman is not attacked in such circumstances, and effectively left to dictate the game. ”

This is Sri Lanka’s second one-wicket victory in Test cricket. The previous one was also against South Africa.

Jayesh: “Kusal Perera you beauty!!! Give him the test performance of the year already!!!!”

Here is the list of the closest Test wins ever.

Stay back for the presentation. And keep pouring in your comments.

Damith Wendabon: “This is the best test match I have seen in my life”

Mohammed Husain: “History does repeat itself, albeit in a different form. In the Aus-WI test of ’99, Lara came to bat in at 5 and the target was chased with one wicket remaining, today Kusal Perera came to bat in at 5 and the target was chased with one wicket remaining. What’s more, both of them scored 153*!!”

Gary: “So good for cricket, underdogs beating top dogs…love this more than WI beating Eng as underdogs are visitors too…simply love it..great game is test match…”

malik adnan jav: “m not lying i have got tears in my eys. love u test cricket . BRAVE PERERA”

3.15pm This one is for the ages. Perera takes Sri Lanka to victory, the record tenth-wicket stand in a successful chase in Test cricket. The last wicket stand was 78, Alagappan tells me, Fernando got only six of those, four from an overthrow. But he stayed, he survived. Like Walsh at times as I said earlier, and guess how many Perera ended with – 153*. Does that ring any bells?

James : “Wow. Just wow. Test cricket. ”

Aby Mathew: “Perara innings has to be included now easily in top 10 wisden ratings of all time. It would be no 2 or even no 1 . Considering its away test match and against superlative bowlers on a 4th innings . Perara for SL president ”
PUSHKER: “Finally after many false promises..this decade has its Edgebeston 2005..Obviously with different result..BRAVO SL”

Amir: “Parera will live in the heart of millions for long long time.”

Mukund I: “‘The choke is back'”

85.3 4 Rabada to Perera and Perera has done it. Short of length outside off, and he has kept his cool, steering it past wide first slip. Where is third man, no where in the picture at least as the ball races towards the boundary. Perera knew as soon as he hit it, raised his arm, a punch in the air, off comes the helmet and in soaks in the moment. A hug from Fernando. Off comes the gloves now, he stretches his arms again FOUR

Four needed now

85.2 2 Rabada to Perera length but on the pads, tucked away fine, can he get a boundary here? No, Elgar comes across to cut if off, they take two 2 leg byes

Varun: “My heart rate matches kusal perera’s score”

85.1 0 Rabada to Perera short of length around off, dabs it towards third man, he is not going to swing blindly no run

Adeel Mian : “Left PSL just because of this thrilling game, SL should have won, my prayers are with them.”

Uwaisul Karnain: “Never seen a no. 11 bat with this much of purpose and intelligence, hats off to Vishwa Fernando. Boy, didn’t SL badly seeking for this kind of attitude? ”

Murad: “I am a cricket lover from Pakistan. I don’t know what to watch this match or PSL? ”

Sri Lanka are just one hit away

End of Over No.85 Sri Lanka 298/9 Last Over (8 runs)

84.6 1 Steyn to Perera a yorker outside off, jams his bat it to dig it out towards cover-point, calls his partner for a single and they do it safely 1 run
84.5 0 Steyn to Perera slower length ball outside off, hits it hard towards sweeper cover, doesn’t take the single, will he go for a six? no run

Two balls left, will he go for it and try to finish it in this over? Phew! Scenes!

84.4 6 Steyn to Perera short of length on the stumps and this has been pulled away once again over deep square leg, his fifth six, one more six and the scores will be tied SIX

Ayush Garg: “This is absolute mind boggline from Kusal Janith Perera . Take a bow man (Y) . One of the best innings from a long long time . ”

84.3 1 Steyn to MVT Fernando fuller on the stump, comes back in a bit, Fernando has his bat in front of this, the ball dribbles past short leg and they sneak in a single 1 run

Nish: “I’m insuring myself before I get a heart attack. Regardless the result, I’ll get one it seems!”

Venda: “Hearts will be broken.”

84.2 0 Steyn to MVT Fernando short of length outside off once again, Fernando was almost ducking there, he needn’t no run

Werner: “Cant believe south Africa cant break this partnership. The no 11 faced 24 balls. South Africa can thank there batting collapse in the 2nd innings”

84.1 0 Steyn to MVT Fernando short of length, pitching just outside off and moving away, left alone easily no run

Short leg, three slips and a gully. Also a short mid-on and a short cover

End of Over No.84 Sri Lanka 290/9 Last Over (8 runs)

83.6 0 Rabada to Perera another bouncer, Perera doesn’t want to risk it and ducks under, or is he taking a bigger risk by backing Fernando to face Steyn? no run

KP: “This is gonna be a heartbreak for one of the nations. Matches like these are an endorsement for test cricket.”

Ben: “What are the odds on Perera finishing on 153 not out, emulating Brian Lara in that 300 plus chase against Australia 20 years ago?”

83.5 0 Rabada to Perera a bouncer, too short and down the leg side, Perera cannot do anything about that no run
83.4 6 Rabada to Perera a top edge and it has gone all the way. Short of length and going away from the batsman, he goes for the pull, gets a top edge and it sails over fine leg SIX
83.3 0 Rabada to Perera length ball, pitching around leg and angling away, gets behind the line and blocks no run

20 needed

83.2 0 Rabada to Perera short of length outside off, goes for the cut but ends up chopping it towards point no run
83.1 2 Rabada to Perera length ball on the pads, tucks it towards square leg, Perera wants two, the throw is at the bowler’s end, Fernando puts in the dive, a bit too early perhaps, the bowler collects the throw and breaks the stumps but Fernando is in 2 runs

22 required now. Rabada has got one slip

End of Over No.83 Sri Lanka 282/9 Last Over (12 runs)

82.6 0 Steyn to MVT Fernando length around, just misses the edge, wasn’t far away from the off stump either as Fernando gets squared up for the millionth time no run
82.5 1 Steyn to Perera fuller around off, pushes it towards extra cover to leave Fernando with one ball to negotiate 1 run
82.4 6 Steyn to Perera what a shot! What a hit! Length around middle, Perera has smashed it over deep square leg for a six SIX
82.3 0 Steyn to Perera fuller around off, driven down the ground but long-off is there to cut it off no run
82.2 5 Steyn to MVT Fernando fuller outside leg stump, gets an outside edge but it lands short of third slip who tumbles around, Perera wants the strike back, Fernando is ball watching, Elgar collects the ball and aims at the non-striker’s end, misses and no one is backing up. A direct hit and that would have been out 5 runs
82.1 0 Steyn to MVT Fernando short of length around off, looks to defend but gets squared up, somehow hanging there no run

Here we go. Three slips and a short leg

Gopakumar G: “Highest last wicket partnership to win a Test is 57 runs. If SL win this it will be a new record. ”

End of Over No.82 Sri Lanka 270/9 Last Over (7 runs)

81.6 0 Rabada to Perera a bouncer from Rabada, Perera goes for a pull but cannot connect, and that means Fernando would be on strike against Steyn no run
81.5 4 Rabada to Perera short of length on middle and leg, pulled away behind square, bisecting the gap between fine leg and deep square leg, 34 needed now FOUR
81.5 1 Rabada to Perera banged in too short and way down the leg side, Perera was backing away to carve it towards third man but it’s too far from him, called a wide 1 wide

Jacques Prince: “How can SA not stop that one single everytime? How is that possible?”

81.4 2 Rabada to Perera length around off, steers it behind point, a bit of tag team work there by Bavuma and Steyn near the boundary, Perera sprints back for the second 2 runs
81.3 0 Rabada to Perera short of length once more, this time more leg-side-ish, turns it on the leg side from the back foot no run

Prasanna Dhami: “Its time to prepare my dinner and i am starving too. But Just want this match to finish before I start to cook. What a match it is turning to be!!!”

81.2 0 Rabada to Perera back of length on the body, Perera goes back and defends no run
81.1 0 Rabada to Perera fuller around off, driven firmly but straight towards extra cover no run

Here is Rabada

End of Over No.81 Sri Lanka 263/9 Last Over (1 run)

80.6 0 Steyn to MVT Fernando fuller around off, Fernando was looking to defend, gets squared up and beaten as the ball swings away no run

And now they take the new ball. Sorry for the false alarm earlier

80.5 1 Steyn to Perera short of length on middle, pulls it away towards deep square leg, takes a single 1 run

Score Cards

  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    DW Steyn 18 1 71 2 3.94
    VD Philander 8 3 13 1 1.62
    KA Maharaj 20 1 71 3 3.55
    K Rabada 22.3 3 97 1 4.31 (1w)
    D Olivier 16 3 35 2 2.18
    AK Markram 1 0 4 0 4.00
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 42 HDRL Thirimanne 21 FDM Karunaratne 20
    2nd 0 FDM Karunaratne 0 BOP Fernando 0
    3rd 10 BKG Mendis 0 BOP Fernando 10
    4th 58 BOP Fernando 27 MDKJ Perera 25
    5th 0 N Dickwella 0 MDKJ Perera 0
    6th 96 DM de Silva 48 MDKJ Perera 46
    7th 0 RAS Lakmal 0 MDKJ Perera 0
    8th 9 L Embuldeniya 4 MDKJ Perera 5
    9th 11 CAK Rajitha 1 MDKJ Perera 10
    10th 78* MDKJ Perera 67 MVT Fernando 6
  • MDKJ Perera 153*
    v Bowler Dot 4 6 R B SR
    DW Steyn 31 3 2 39 49 79.59
    KA Maharaj 29 4 1 49 55 89.09
    K Rabada 33 5 1 43 51 84.31
    D Olivier 29 0 1 21 44 47.72
    AK Markram 0 0 0 1 1 100.00
  • Batting R B 4 6
    FDM Karunaratne lbw 20 47 2 0
    HDRL Thirimanne caught 21 51 3 0
    BOP Fernando caught 37 76 5 0
    BKG Mendis caught wk 0 8 0 0
    MDKJ Perera not out 153 200 12 5
    N Dickwella caught 0 2 0 0
    DM de Silva lbw 48 79 6 0
    RAS Lakmal caught 0 1 0 0
    L Embuldeniya caught 4 12 0 0
    CAK Rajitha lbw 1 10 0 0
    MVT Fernando not out 6 27 0 0
    Extras (lb 13, w 1) 14
    Total (9 wkts; 85.3 ovs) 304
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    1st Test South Africa vs Sri Lanka

    Location

    Kingsmead, Durban,
    Durban,Durban,SA
    Starting on
    Feb 13, 2019
    Ending on
    Feb 16, 2019
    Description
    Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban, Feb 13-16, 2019.

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