Sri Lanka chase history in second test vs S.Africa
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Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Perera smiles during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters pic)
PORT ELIZABETH: Sri Lanka will be chasing history and a shock series victory when they play hosts South Africa in the second and final test at St George’s Park on Thursday.
The tourists claimed a one-wicket win in the first game in Durban on Saturday thanks to a staggering test innings from middle-order batsman Kusal Perera, who bludgeoned his way to 153 not out and put on a record 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando.
It was a piece of individual brilliance and leaves Sri Lanka with the opportunity to claim a first ever test series victory in South Africa, something their sub-continent rivals India and Pakistan have yet to achieve.
It was Sri Lanka’s first victory in any format since Oct after tough tours to New Zealand and Australia, and whether they can back it up with a second heroic performance in Port Elizabeth will be the key question.
Perera won them the game but was not the only outstanding player, with debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claiming 5-66 in South Africa’s second innings and seamer Fernando posting match figures of 8-133….