After a poor sequence at house towards England and two winless excursions of New Zealand and Australia, Sri Lanka flew to South Africa.
There was a variety of speak about it being fairly harsh on an inexperienced facet to face three troublesome excursions back-to-back – and that too within the span of 4 months.
No person actually gave Sri Lanka an iota of likelihood of successful a Take a look at match right here in South Africa, not to mention the sequence.
With the file, latest kind and all the pieces on this planet stacked towards this Sri Lankan facet, they went on to do one thing that no different Asian facet (not even India or Pakistan) had ever accomplished.
In truth, it was one thing that solely two different groups had achieved earlier than.
Sri Lanka defied all odds as they pulled off one of many largest heists in Take a look at cricket historical past. They registered a 2-Zero sequence win over South Africa as they grew to become the first-ever Asian facet to win a Take a look at sequence in South Africa.
Earlier than at present, solely Australia and England had received Take a look at sequence’ in South Africa. It simply underlines the truth that it’s not simple to tour the Rainbow Nation and go there and win a Take a look at sequence.
Additionally, the final time South Africa misplaced a Take a look at sequence at house was in 2015-16 when England received the sequence 2-1. Then again, Sri Lanka have been thrashed by England at house first earlier than they received one other pasting in Australia as they misplaced six out of their final seven Checks (with one Take a look at ending in a attract New Zealand).
Keep in mind, simply forward of this Take a look at sequence, Dinesh Chandimal was sacked because the captain of this Take a look at workforce and was additionally dropped.
Plenty of chopping and altering, quick bowlers getting injured left, proper and centre. Then there was the damage of their greatest participant, Angelo Mathews.
Nothing, completely nothing went proper for the Lankans within the lead as much as this Take a look at sequence.
Nevertheless, below a brand new skipper (Dimuth Karunaratne), Sri Lanka fought like there was no tomorrow.
After meekly surrendering in Australia, Sri Lanka picked themselves up and roared, possibly pulling off one of many largest upsets within the historical past of Take a look at cricket.
It was Kusal Perera within the first Take a look at who led the cost. He struck a nice fifty within the first innings however he had a much bigger, a greater and a Take a look at match-defying knock in retailer for the second innings.
He struck an exceptional 153 taking Sri Lanka house from a near-impossible scenario. 78 runs have been wanted when No. 11 Vishwa Fernando walked out to bat however Fernando fought like a soldier whereas Perera took cost and defied cricketing logic as he took the guests over the road in what was a heist.
Identical to the primary Take a look at, they began effectively as they bowled very well to bowl the Proteas out for 222. However batting failed as they have been shot out for 154.
Nevertheless, an impressed bowling assault blew away the hosts for 128 and chased down 197 to create historical past within the Rainbow nation.
They conceded the lead in each video games however didn’t lose hope. They battled it out and regardless of being in perilously unhealthy positions, they discovered a strategy to survive.
Gamers put their fingers up and delivered in crunch conditions. Vishwa Fernando was the star with the ball as he picked up 12 wickets. He was ably supported by Kasun Rajitha and the skilled Suranga Lakmal.
Lasith Embuldeniya did effectively on debut as effectively. Dhananjaya de Silva stuffed in very well as a spinner after Embuldeniya dislocated his thumb within the second Take a look at.
Kusal Perera was sensible in that first Take a look at in Durban and the extra you write on that knock, the lesser it’s. Oshada Fernando was glorious on debut in addition to he scored 131 runs within the sequence and fought exhausting.
The sequence would possibly simply show to be the approaching of age for this Sri Lankan facet. The children stepped up fantastically. This was actually one of many age-defying ends in the historical past of Take a look at cricket.