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    Warne claims 500th wicket/Race for 519

    A great achievement by a great bowler.

    Warne claims 500th wicket

    Warne was overjoyed when he finally reached the 500-wicket mark
    Shane Warne became the first spin bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets as Australia sealed a 197-run win over Sri Lanka in Galle.

    Warne took 5-43 for match figures of 10-159 in his first Test after serving a 12-month drugs ban.

    He reached the milestone when he had home skipper Hashan Tillakaratne caught by Andrew Symonds for 25.

    Australia, who trailed by 161 on first innings, lead the series 1-0 with two games remaining in Kandy and Colombo.

    For all their success in recent years, the win ranks as one of Australia's finest performances with centuries by Matthew Hayden, Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn turning the match in their favour.

    But it was Warne who seized the headlines, ending the game with 501 Test victims, having beaten Sri Lankan rival Muttiah Muralitharan (496) to the milestone.

    The home side lost five wickets during the morning session, having begun the day on 3-0.

    C Walsh (West Indies)
    519 in 132 matches
    S Warne (Australia)
    501 in 108 matches
    M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
    496 in 86 matches
    Kapil Dev (India)
    434 in 131 matches
    Sir R Hadlee (New Zealand)
    431 in 86 matches
    G McGrath (Australia)
    430 in 95 matches

    Kumar Sangakkara was trapped lbw for seven by seam bowler Michael Kasprowicz in the thid over, but it was not long before Australian skipper Ricky Ponting turned to spin.

    Warne struck immediately when he came into the attack as he found the edge of Marvan Atapattu's bat and Matthew Hayden made no mistake at slip.

    Atapattu departed for 16 and Warne celebrated further success in his next over when first innings centurion Tillakaratne Dilshan was lbw for six.

    Things went from bad to worse for the home side as they lost two more wickets in the space of three balls to leave them on 56-5.

    Warne reached 499 Test wickets by removing Mahela Jayawardene for 21, courtesy of another catch by Hayden, whose safe pair of hands gave Stuart MacGIll his first success when Sanath Jayasuriya followed for five.

    Sri Lanka were 86-5 at lunch and lost another wicket with only three runs added in the afternoon session as MacGIll bowled Thilan Samaraweera for 15.

    But all eyes were on Warne and he became only the second bowler in history to reach the 500-wicket milestone after West Indian Courtney Walsh when Tillakaratne skied a sweep shot and Symonds took the catch at mid-wicket.

    Upul Chandana offered a show of defiance with 43 off 34 balls, including seven fours, but Sri Lanka's final decline, when it came, was swift.

    The final three wickets went down for one run in successive overs with Chandana caught by Justin Langer off MacGill.

    Warne bowled Kumar Dharmasena, the 28th time he has taken five or wickets in a Test innings, and the end came when Muralitharan was stumped first ball off MacGill, who had figures of 4-74.

    Race for 518

    away from the glitter of Indo-Pak series their in SL a fight is going on between two of the successful spinners of our times...Murali and overhaul the tally of 518 by Courtney Walsh to become the bowler with highest no of dismissals!

    today Warne reached milestone of 500 - but not lagging far behind is Murali with 496..

    Both ended up with match haul of 10 wkts each...and the race hots up!!!


      Shane Warne



        ok warni got there before murali' but look at the amount of tests both have played in so far. murali' has played less tests than blondie and he is still only a few wickets behind, that shows murali' is better!!! but taking nothing away from blondie he deserves his slice of the apple.


          Warnie has lost some weight too. Looking good. He is a class act and so is Murali. But he won this last battle by winning the match.


            i dont like Murali for the simple reason that he chucks...and he succeeds only on Sri Lankan pitches and also as Saby pointed out - he is the only wicket taker Sri Lanka has
            compare that with Warne - he has been for long the front line bowler with McGrath and Gillespie and recently Lee. to hold your own ground in the presence of these three bowlers is a class act
            I like God but not his/her fan boys.


              i think murali is better in almost all aspects of bowling.

              Although some may say, he got help from his bowling action which is dubious.....but Warne used drugs to get these number of victims :-p
              Why so serious ... ?


                Warne claims 500th wicket/Race for 518

                ehsan bhai courtney walsh took 519 career test wickets so maybe u should alter the title


                  Originally posted by #let uz chat#:
                  Warne claims 500th wicket/Race for 518

                  ehsan bhai courtney walsh took 519 career test wickets so maybe u should alter the title
                  You are right , or maybe I dont want Warne to beat his record.


                    hez hot :love:


                      Originally posted by crazyLarki:
                      hez hot :love:
                      Who? Murali


                        YES - COME ON - what an accomplishment by one of the greats spinner - absolutely thumping stuff - and that too on abroad soil - take that Ranatungaa!
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