Resuming the third day of the second Test against South Africa on 60/2, Sri Lanka batsmen Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis struck unbeaten half-centuries to guide the team towards a historic eight-wicket win. Fernando scored 75, while his partner Mendis remained unbeaten on 84. After handing the Proteas a vital lead of 68 runs, the bowlers helped Sri Lanka bounce back in the contest by bundling up the hosts on 128 in their second inning. In response, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start with both the openers back in the pavilion for just 32. However, the duo of Fernando and Mendis added 163 runs for the third wicket helping Sri Lanka cruise towards a comfortable win.
The cricket fraternity praised the Sri Lankan side for etching history under difficult circumstances. Here are the few tweets:
”Congratulations !!! Great team work to achieve something special. proud of the boys.. Well done @IamDimuth and the team” wrote Mahela Jayawardena.
”Congratulations again @OfficialSLC for making history for Sri Lanka and Asia with this win” wrote Kumar Sangakkara.
”A remarkable test and series victory for @OfficialSLC, history making achievement. Who would’ve thought after their recent performances in Australia & NZ” wrote Tom Moody.
”Congratulations to Sri Lanka on a fantastic Test series win against SA in SA. This must be one of their greatest moments in their Test history. My friend @RusselArnold69 will be a really happy man” wrote VVS Laxman.
”Wow, Sri Lanka! Hats off! Going where no Asian team has gone before, where better Sri Lankan teams haven’t. This is big! Very big” wrote Harsha Bhogle.