Kusal Perera brought a supernatural victory for Sri Lanka against South Africa on the Durban test. As South Africa through a target of 304 runs and Sri Lanka crossed it with a wicket in hand. 11th Wicket partnership brought 78 runs.
Kusal Perera the superman
Sometimes realty crossed the thriller novel also. But Durban becomes something more than that. As the record book will result from us the result of 1 wicket. As to the target of 304 runs on the 4th day on Durban was more difficult than climbing on the Mount Everest. But Kusal Perera is the man made it possible.
As this Sri Lankan middle-order batsman has only a couple of century. A supernatural inning of 153 runs from 309 minutes with 12 fours and 5 sixes. All of the sixes came after 75 overs, that proves again the phrase “No risk, no gain”. When Sri Lanka lost their 10th wicket then they were 78 runs far from the target.
But Vishwa Fernando, the 11th batsman of the Sri Lankan line, contributed only 6 on this and 5 of this came from overthrow. As the statistics are the witness, how impossible 304 runs as a target on 4th inning on South Africa. South Africa lost the match for only three times to the target of more than three hundred, three of them to Australia (in 2002, 2002 and 2011).
Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets by 105 runs, what rests for the fight? But sixth wicket partnership brought 104 runs with Dhananjaya de Silva, which can be the reduction of lost. But God of Cricket wrote something different. Though Dhananjaya de Silva and Suranga Lakmal became back to back pickup to Keshav Maharaj.
Sri Lanka lost their tenth wicket by 229 runs, and Kusal Perera was in 86 runs, maybe realized that offense is the best defense. Then Cricket World got a history. This experienced tried to continue his strike and that results positive at the end of the day.
As we know, the batting team feels free to play big shot in such circumstances. None tries to dream to win from this position. But Kusal Perera is the luckiest person on Sri Lanka team, scored 67 runs from 68 balls on the 11th wicket partnership, brought the victory and left the wicket with stamps.
Man of the match
Kusal Perera, the man of the match, “I’m still tired now. I don’t know what to say. Great effort as a team, especially the lower order batsmen. They gave me good support. I believed in myself and we did. I did my part, winning as a team. We did our homework. This is a special win for us. We did a lot of hard work in previous times.”
Therefore, Kusal Perera brought a supernatural victory for Sri Lanka. Though Sri Lanka is the winning team South Africa lost the match to Kusal Perera.