Thursday, July 22, 2010

Muralitharan ends career with 800 test wickets

Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the first bowler to take 800 test wickets on the fifth day of the first test against India on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in tests and one-day internationals, dismissed India's Pragyan Ojha to reach the milestone in his final test match appearance with his family watching from the stands.

Ojha, brilliantly caught by Mahela Jayawardene at first slip, was the final Indian wicket to fall in the second innings as the visitors made 338 in a desperate attempt to avoid defeat.

Muralitharan went into the final day of a 133-match test career needing two wickets to achieve the milestone and took just 15 deliveries to trap Harbhajan Singh lbw for his 799th dismissal.

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