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Sri Lanka beat South Africa by single wicket in 1st Test

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by one wicket in the first Test at Kingsmead on Saturday.

Kusal Perera scored a 200-ball 153 as Sri Lanka sealed a one-wicket win in Durban.  Picture: @OfficialSLC/Twitter

DURBAN - Kusal Perera took Sri Lanka to a sensational one-wicket win on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Saturday.

Perera hit a career-best 153 not out as he and Vishwa Fernando put on an unbeaten 78 in a last-wicket partnership that enabled Sri Lanka to secure only their second win in 14 Test matches in South Africa.

Victory seemed unlikely when the ninth wicket fell with the total on 226, with the tourists chasing a target of 304.

But the left-handed Perera successfully farmed the strike, with South African captain Faf du Plessis persisting with defensive fields for the in-form batsman, while Fernando only had to face 27 balls during a 96-ball partnership.

South Africa took the second new ball with the total on 263 but still kept most of their fielders on the boundary for Perera, who hit sixes off both Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada before slashing Rabada to third man for the winning boundary.

Scores in brief:

South Africa 235 and 259

Sri Lanka 191 and 304–9 (K. Perera 153 not out, D. de Silva 48; K. Maharaj 3-71).

Result: Sri Lanka won by one wicket

Series: Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0

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