Murali milestone in series sweep

By Graeme Mair   Last updated: 25th July 2007  

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Third Test Match
Bangladesh 131 (M Muralitharan 6-28) & 176 (Shahriar Nafees 64, M Muralitharan 6-54) v Sri Lanka 500-4 dec (K C Sangakkara 222 no, D P M D Jayawardene 165)
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by an innings and 193 runs

Muttiah Muralitharan became the second bowler to take 700 Test wickets as Sri Lanka completed a 3-0 series win against Bangladesh on the fourth day in Kandy.

Muralitharan claimed figures of 6-54 to help bowl out Bangladesh for 176 in their second innings and seal victory for his side by an innings and 193 runs.

That completed a match haul of 12-82 for the 35-year-old off-spinner - the 20th 10-wicket bag of his 113-game career - and moved him to exactly 700 Test wickets, just eight behind the record held by retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

Muralitharan, playing in front of his home-town crowd, reached the landmark when Bangladesh's last batsman Syed Rasel was caught at mid-off in the afternoon session.

Sri Lanka had declared their first innings at 500-4 overnight, leaving Kumar Sangakkara on 222 not out, his second unbeaten double century in successive Tests.

That left Bangladesh requiring 369 to make Sri Lanka bat again and avoid a third straight innings defeat in the series.

But only Shahriar Nafees provided much resistance with 64, the next highest score being the 22 made by his opening partner Javed Omar during a first-wicket stand of 47.

From a promising position of 98-1, Bangladesh lost their final nine wickets for just 78 runs as they again failed to deal with the threat of Muraltharan.

Muralitharan, who finished the series with 26 wickets at 10.84, will have the opportunity to pass Warne's record in Australia during Sri Lanka's two-Test tour in November.


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