New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: How often does it happen a batsman smashes a 74-ball 140 and ends up on the losing side. It happened during the 2nd ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka when Thisara Perera’s breathtaking ton went in vain as the Kiwi’s emerged victorious by 21 runs. Perera’s breathtaking knock was laced with 13 sixes and eight fours. His century was second in the list of fastest hundreds in a losing cause. England’s Johny Bairstow’s 54-ball century against Scotland in 2018 is the fastest century in a losing cause and then comes Perera’, who is joint second with James Faulkner, whose 57-ball century went in vain against India in 2013. It was also his maiden Test century.

Here is how he set Twitter on fire.

Last eight years I’ve been batting at No. 8. Thanks to the coaching staff for pushing me up to No. 7,’ said Man-of-the-Match Thisara Perera. The final ODI between the two sides takes place on Tuesday (January 8).