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.
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.
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.
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.
First Published: February 16, 2019, 10:05 PM IST