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In Numbers: Perera's Heroics Breaks Into All-Time Record Books

Sri Lanka's sensational one-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test at Kingsmead on Saturday was achieved on the back of what will go down as one of the country's greatest test match innings by an unlikely hero in Kusal Perera.

In Numbers: Perera's Heroics Breaks Into All-Time Record Books

Sri Lanka's sensational one-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test at Kingsmead on Saturday was achieved on the back of what will go down as one of the country's greatest test match innings by an unlikely hero in Kusal Perera.

The swashbuckling middle-order batsman scored 153, adding a record 78 for the final wicket with number 11 Vishwa Fernando, who batted for 73 minutes, desperately holding the South African attack at bay.

This was Sri Lanka’s 4th highest successful chase in Tests and highest away from home.

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The 78-run stand was the highest unbroken tenth-wicket partnership to win a Test match, surpassing Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed’s 57 against Pakistan in Karachi.

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Perera too broke a slew of records, including the second highest individual score in the fourth innings of a Test for Sri Lanka and level with West Indian legend Brian Lara (above due to number of balls played) as the highest by a batsman batting at #5 or lower in a successful chase.

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Sri Lanka also became only the second sub-continental side to successfully chase a target in South Africa, after Pakistan chased 191 in 2007 in Port Elizabeth.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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