His arms were aloft, there was no pain then, and as the rest of the players came rushing out, Ottis Gibson was in his chair looking elsewhere; this match was South Africa's to lose, and they lost it. Sri Lanka scripted an awesome heist and go one up in the 2-match series.
Set a target of 304, Sri Lanka looked to be in control when Dhananjaya de Silva tried to mow Keshav Maharaj over deep mid-wicket and perished.
But Perera and Fernando had other ideas and carried the inexperienced tourists - written off at the start of the series - to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.
South Africa's last four wickets went down in less than four overs.
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"I'm a bit exhausted now", he said after his match-winning exploits. "Especially good effort as a team, especially the lower-order batsmen there giving me support".
They haven't won a Test in KwaZulu-Natal since 2008. The previous record was 57 by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed for Pakistan against Australia 25 years ago.
The 304-9 was also the third-highest successful run chase in almost 100 years of test cricket at the Kingsmead ground in Durban.
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Woods' 65 matched his second-best in tournament history at Riviera, where he has never won. Just like that, he was tied for 12th as the leaders were just getting going.
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They shared those five quick wickets after lunch as Sri Lanka threatened to end South Africa's three-year winning run at home by taking a 1-0 lead in the short two-test series.
"It was a superman effort", Du Plessis said.
"We can go back and try and figure out where it went wrong and what we did wrong and what we could have done better but, end of the day, it was an unbelievable batting performance".
South Africa, who were without opening bowler Vernon Philander because of a strained left hamstring, struggled for the next two hours as Perera and De Silva brought the target down to single figures. He collected eight wickets with the ball in the match before becoming an unlikely hero with the bat.
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At the time, Perera was on 86 but decided it was all or nothing. But he threw caution to the wind, crunching all five of his sixes in that game-winning last-wicket stand.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated the Sri Lankan team for a "wonderful Test win" and lauded the "Great Spirit" by the team in Durban. "This is outstanding. We never saw it coming".
At one stage, the left-hander was rapped on his top hand by a Rabada bouncer and immediately crumpled to the pitch in a heap, but somehow returned, with a hand wrapped in a bandage, to pummel South Africa's attack into submission.
Having come off the back of series losses to New Zealand and Australia prior to this trip, Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha was delighted for his side. South Africa, Colombo 2010 - India vs. Australia, Mohali 2019 - Sri Lanka vs.