An epic from Kusal Perera, a dramatic Big Bash League final and Jos Buttler wanting his pen back – it was a week of surprises!
How can we start with anything else but the extraordinary Test in Durban? Sri Lanka's unexpected win showcased the best of Test cricket, with a Perera knock and a last-wicket stand for the ages.
Kusal Perera hit an incredible 💯 to lead Sri Lanka to a stunning one-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test in Durban.— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) February 16, 2019
Report & highlights 👉 https://t.co/ybEgvqzWABpic.twitter.com/M1V8iK1woJ
KJP just scored what could be the greatest innings ever in an overseas run chase by a Sri Lankan batsman. Brings back memories of the brilliant hundred by @MahelaJay against @OfficialCSA in 2006 at The P Sara— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) February 16, 2019
Incidentally, the Kusal Perera-Viswa Fernando 10th wkt stand is also the highest in all first-class cricket in a 4th inns winning effort. The previous was the 83-yr-old record by Tom Leathers & Ron Oxenham - 77* runs for Jack Ryder's Australians vs Madras @ Chepauk on 4 Feb 1936 https://t.co/wSB5YjMXpT— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 17, 2019
In Australia, a thrilling BBL final finished with Melbourne Renegades making an improbable comeback to lift their maiden title.
Melbourne Renegades win maiden #BBL title! 🏆— ICC (@ICC) February 17, 2019
An all-round display by Daniel Christian helps @RenegadesBBL seal a 13-run win over @StarsBBL in a thrilling final!
The nerve-wracking victory left some young fans at a loss for words.
While others were delighted!
While his son enjoyed a special trophy seat, Harry Gurney had something important to say..
My thoughts:— Harry Gurney (@gurneyhf) February 17, 2019
- People have been calling me Mr Bean for years, I think it’s likely he would be a better batter than me.
- Mr Bean did actually rock up for Bankstown... 1st grade though and got 5fer most weeks.
- Mr Bean has got a @BBL winners medal. @juniorwaugh349 😉 https://t.co/rFKGFBHB3u
And Dan Christian reminisced with Cameron White.
1st played against each other as 16yr olds, 18 months later, won an U19’s World Cup together.— Dan Christian (@danchristian54) February 17, 2019
Yesterday, a BBL trophy. Couldn’t think of a better team mate to share it with. Doesn’t show much emotion, but when he does, you know it means something. Absolute legend 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/sXIXSkFKoK
A famous England star has an old bone to pick with Aravinda de Silva!
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders congratulated Kuldeep Yadav for becoming the No.2 bowler on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings.
This guy keeps raising the bar! ✌— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 12, 2019
Spin Virtuoso @imkuldeep18 moved up to the second position in the @ICC's latest T20I rankings for bowlers 🙌#KKRHaiTaiyaar#KorboLorboJeetbo 💜 pic.twitter.com/sQ8zpgqg87
We know Meg Lanning is a run-machine, but this is unusual.
Jonty Rhodes celebrated cricket in Nepal.
While we're on the subject of Rhodes...
And Grant Elliot met up with a Pakistan great.