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Rangana Herath created history in Test cricket as a left-arm bowler
By Sandy - Feb 10, 2018 1:47 pm
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During the day 3 of the second Test between the hosts Bangladesh and visitors Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Sri Lankan left-arm orthodox bowler Rangana Herath created a history by becoming the most wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler in Test cricket history.

After dismissing the last Bangladeshi batsman Taijul Islam, which was also sealed Sri Lanka’s victory in that Test match as well as the two-match Test series, Rangana Herath surpassed Wasim Akram’s most wicket-taking record as a left-arm bowler in Test cricket history.

Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram had finished his Test career with 414 scalps in his 104 Test matches (181 Test innings).

Wasim Akram
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Today, 39-year old Herath broke that record and clinched 415 Test wickets at the end of his 89th Test match (162nd Test innings).

Rangana Herath

Herath played a crucial role in the second innings for securing Sri Lanka’s victory in the second Test. After finishing wicket-less (0/31) in the first innings, the left-arm spinner dismissed four batsmen (4/49) in the second innings.

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Sri Lanka’s brilliant team bowling effort provided them with a big victory for 215-runs in the second Test. That victory also helped the visitors to claim the two-match Test series by a 0-1 margin.

Former national team-mate Kumar Sangakkara congratulated Hearth through the twitter.

Apart from being a successful left-arm bowler in Test cricket history, here are Herath’s other current statuses:

i) 12th most wicket-taker in Test cricket history. Need only seven wickets to climb up to the ninth position.

ii) Fifth most wicket-taker as a spinner in Test cricket history. Two wickets behind from Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (417 Test wickets), who is currently the fourth most wicket taker as a spinner in Test cricket history.

iii) Second most Test wicket-taker for Sri Lanka. The most successful Test bowler Muttiah Muralitharan is on top of this list with 800 Test wickets.