Rangana Herath Becomes 4th Fastest Bowler to Take 400 Test Wickets

Jonathan Hernandez
October 3, 2017

Herath grabbed a five-wicket haul in each innings (5/93 and 6/43) to finish with 11 wickets in the match which saw Sri Lanka defend 135 runs in an exciting contest on the final day of the first Test.

Herath's place in the history books was the final action of the match, sparking wild celebrations from a Sri Lanka side who exorcised some of the demons of their India misery.

Sri Lanka scored 419 runs in the 1st innings, to which Pakistan replied with 422 runs, leading into the 2nd innings on Day 4 by 3 runs. He is supportive to me and the players, with what he has learnt from cricket. It was his sixth wicket in the innings, and 11th in the match.

Speaking about the Sri Lanka's second innings, the coach said that he believed that one good inning from top order would taken Pakistan to the finish-line, but unfortunately it did not happen.

All it did, as it turned out, was delay both the inevitable defeat for Pakistan, as well as Herath becoming the first left-arm spinner to take 400 wickets in Tests.

Kusal Mendis (10) was also dismissed cheaply but that brought Chandimal to the crease, and he put on 100 for the fourth wicket with Karunaratne before going on to build a 134-run stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who struck 83.

Well, for the 39-year-old, he achieved a milestone with his last wicket of Mohammad Abbas - it was his 400th Test wicket - 14th bowler to breach the feat and fifth spinner after fellow countryman Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Aussie legend Shane Warne (708) and Indian spin duo of Anil Kumble (619) and Harbhajan Singh (417).

Pakistan had lost two wickets for just seven runs and Sri Lankans were beaming. It was, aptly, Herath, who took the winning wicket as he got Abbas plumb in front of wicket to clinch his 400th wicket and a famous win for Sri Lanka. However, the visitors were bowled out inside the first session, thanks to Yasir's five-wicket haul. If a result appeared out of the question at that point, it appeared all but certain once the Sri Lankans had crumbled to 138 all out in their second innings.

- This is also Sri Lanka's smallest margin of win. I was so happy with the remarkable achievement (400 wickets). But Pakistan's new-look side, under new captain Sarfraz Ahmed, wilted under the pressure.

Dilruwan Perera replaced Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. As soon as we got there, we knew Rangana would lead us in the defence of the target.

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