Muttiah Muralitharan's fairytale farewell to Test cricket was sealed as Sri Lanka completed an emphatic ten-wicket victory over India on the back of his landmark 800th Test wicket.
Murali reached his landmark with his final ball in Test cricket, and to add the exclamation mark on his day it came in a comprehensive success for his Sri Lanka team.
Tillakaratne Dilshan's 14th Test half-century provided the icing on the cake for his record-setting bowling performance, as Sri Lanka posted a 10-wicket win against India in the first Test at Galle.
In an action-packed final day, retiring spinner Muralitharan snapped up the wicket of Pragyan Ojha to enter the record books as the only bowler with 800 Test wickets, as India could only manage a 94-run lead despite being asked to follow on.
As a result, the home side were able to present Muralitharan with the perfect retirement gift, cantering home in the final session of the day with utmost ease, Dilshan leading the charge with his 47-ball 68 alongside fellow opener Tharanga Paranavitana.
While Dilshan played as if batting in any of the shorter formats of the game, smashing the Indian bowlers all round the park, Paranavitana kept things steady at the other end during a patient 23 off 42 deliveries.
Fittingly, however, it was Dilshan who struck the winning runs - and in some style - lofting the hapless Harbhajan Singh for a huge six over long on to set off the Sri Lankan celebrations at Galle stadium.
Muralitharan, as always, was at the heart of the action, snapping up five wickets - including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar, as India were dealt the ignominy of the follow-on.
However, the visitors once again masterminded their own downfall - the silver lining coming in the forms of Tendulkar and VVS Laxman who made 84 and 69 respectively - and despite a resilient stand-off from tail-ender Ishant Sharma, India could only manage a paltry lead of 94 going into the final session on day five.
And once again, it was Muralitharan whose presence dominated the entire innings.
His three wickets not only helped him achieve the record 800 mark, but also engineered the Indian batting collapse.
However, fiery paceman Malinga was not far behind in picking up personal accolades, marking up only his second career five-wicket Test haul in a hit list that included Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.