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Kusal Perera helps Sri Lanka register historic win, level series against West Indies

Kusal Perera showed much-needed resilience to help Sri Lanka defeat West Indies by four wickets on the penultimate day of the third Test in Barbados. This was the first time an Asian team sealed a Test win in Barbados.

cricket Updated: Jun 27, 2018 09:48 IST
By Alex Fisher
By Alex Fisher
Omnisport, Bridgetown
Kusal Perera,West Indies vs Sri Lanka,Barbados
Kusal Perera (L) and Dilruwan Perera’s unbeaten 63-run partnership helped Sri Lanka beat West Indies by four wickets in the third and final Test in Barbados on Tuesday. (Twitter )

Kusal Perera climbed off his hospital bed to guide Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win in the third Test against West Indies and ensure the series finished level at 1-1.

The 27-year-old needed medical checks on Monday after colliding with an advertising board while fielding, but was cleared to help his side try and secure a win in Bridgetown.

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And he did just that as Sri Lanka finally found some batting resolve to claim a four-wicket success, Kusal and Dilruwan Perera seeing them home.

Twenty wickets fell on a crazy third day of the final Test as both sides struggled in bowler-friendly conditions, West Indies setting the tourists a target of 144 having been dismissed for just 93.

Sri Lanka began Tuesday 81-5 in pursuit of that total, their challenge teetering on the brink even more when Kusal Mendis (25) was removed by Jason Holder (5-41) lbw at the end of the day’s first over.

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The Pereras were not to be moved, though, as they shared Sri Lanka’s highest partnership of the innings.

However, their defiant stance was not without incident as they both took blows to the body, the Windies’ bowlers trying to get everything out of the pitch to claim victory.

Kusal hit two boundaries in his unbeaten 28, but it was left to Dilruwan (23) to send the visiting balcony into delirium with a boundary through mid-off.

First Published: Jun 27, 2018 08:57 IST