[caption id="attachment_803978" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-803978" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Kusal-Perera-AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="471" /> Kusal Perera, who stitched a record 78-run partnership with Vishwa Fernando for the last wicket, reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> s national hero <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kusal-perera/">Kusal Perera</a> advanced 58 places in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-test-rankings">ICC Test rankings</a> for batsmen after a whirlwind 153 not out to take his team to a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-sensational-kusal-perera-leads-sri-lanka-to-one-wicket-in-south-africa-803781">historic one-wicket victory</a> in the opening Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> on Saturday. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-sensational-kusal-perera-leads-sri-lanka-to-one-wicket-in-south-africa-803781"><strong>ALSO READ: Sensational Kusal Perera leads Sri Lanka to one-wicket in South Africa</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>The left-handed Perera, who stitched a record 78-run partnership with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vishwa-fernando/">Vishwa Fernando</a> for the last wicket, reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153. Perera and Fernando beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/20-years-after-brian-laras-epic-153-in-one-wicket-win-kusal-perera-hits-153-in-one-wicket-win-803813">20 years after Brian Lara s epic 153* in one-wicket win, Kusal Perera hits 153* in one-wicket win</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>In the bowlers list, fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pat-cummins/">Pat Cummins</a> became the first <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> bowlers since <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/glenn-mcgrath/">Glenn McGrath</a> to top the list in Test rankings. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka s left-arm pacer Fernando moved up 26 places to a career-best 49th place after returning with eight wickets at Kingsmead, Durban while <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kasun-rajitha/">Kasun Rajitha</a> (up 10 places to 59th) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/lasith-embuldeniya">Lasith Embuldeniya</a> (at 68th place after his debut match) are the most significant movers. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-2019-1st-test-just-doing-my-job-says-superman-kusal-perera-after-epic-sri-lanka-win-803830">'Just doing my job', says 'superman' Kusal Perera after epic Sri Lanka win</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>For South Africa, captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/faf-du-plessis/">Faf du Plessis</a> entered the top 10 for the first time in career after scores of 35 and 90. He is currently join tenth with counterpart <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dimuth-karunaratne/">Dimuth Karunaratne</a>. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/quinton-de-kock/">Quinton de Kock</a> is at eighth position and closing in on his career-best sixth position, which he had occupied two years ago. Fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/duanne-olivier/">Duanne Olivier</a> reached a career-best 22nd position after advancing three slots.