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Murali joins Warne in 600-wicket club

The spinner became the second player to take 600 Test wickets, as Sri Lanka were on the doorstep of victory in the second Test against Bangladesh.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 19:39 IST

Muttiah Muralitharan snared his 600th Test wicket as Sri Lanka ended on Friday just 43 runs from winning the second and final Test against Bangladesh.

The home side was bowled out for 201 after tea break on the third day giving Sri Lanka an easy victory target of 120 to wrap up the series 2-0.

Openers Michael van Dort (22) and Upul Tharanga (48) remained unbeaten at stumps after Sri Lanka to 77 without loss and requiring another 43 runs on the fourth day.

Tharanga's knock of 48 off 61 balls included eight boundaries. He scored 165 to slam his maiden test century in the first innings, giving his side an 82-run lead.

In Bangladesh's second innings, Mohammad Rafique played a cameo, scoring 64 off 78 balls that included six boundaries and three sixes. It was his third Test half-century.

Even though pace bowlers Lasith Malinga and Dilhara Fernando claimed three wickets apiece, the spotlight was stolen by Muralitharan.

Muralitharan removed Khaled Mashud (6) in the second session to become only the second bowler to grab 600 wickets after Australian leg spinner Shane Warne's record 659 Test dismissals.

In the opening match of the series in southern Chittagong last week, Muralitharan became the world's first cricketer to claim more than 1000 wickets in international cricket— in both Tests and limited-overs matches.

The home side struggled to 162 for seven at tea, despite captain Habibul Bashar's solid 73. Bashar hit nine boundaries in his 104-ball knock before being dismissed lbw to Malinga in a controversial decision.

Television replays showed the ball going down the leg side. Four top-order wickets fell in the second session as Bangladesh resumed on 71 for three at lunch.

Malinga Bandara claimed Mohammad Ashraful for 13 and Mushfiqur Rahim for a duck after Sri Lanka's bowlers grabbed three early wickets before lunch to rock Bangladesh.

Earlier, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 316 in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 234.

Resuming on 302, Sri Lanka added just 14 runs in less than three overs after pace bowler Shahadat Hossain removed the last two wickets in his first five test-wicket haul.

Hossain dismissed Malinga before he could add to his overnight score of 12.

Tharanga added five to his 160 overnight before becoming Hossain's 5th victim. Muralitharan, who hit a six, remained unbeaten on eight.


Bangladesh 1st Innings: 234, Sri Lanka 1st Innings(Overnight: 302 for eight): M van Dort lbwRasel 0, U Tharanga c Mashud b Hossain 165, M Bandara c Iqbal b Hossain 2, T Samaraweera c Mashud b Hossain 20, K Sangakkara lbw Hossain 0, M Jayawardene c Rahim b Ashraful 49, T Dilshan b Rafique 33, F Maharoof c Mashud b Haque 7, D Fernando lbw Haque 5, L Malinga c Nafees b Hossain 12, M Muralitharan not out 8, Extras: (b-5, lb-4, nb-4, w-2) 15, Total: (all out in 103 overs) 316.

Fall of wkts: 1-4, 2-13, 3-43, 4-43, 5-167, 6-232, 7-251, 8-263, 9-305, 10-316.

Bowling: Rasel 20-8-50-1, Hossain 21.3-2-86-5, Rafique 32-9-84-1, Haque 26-3-71-2, Ashraful 4-1-16-1

Bangladesh 2nd Innings: J Omar c Sangakkara b Fernando 13, N Iqbal c Sangakkara b Malinga 2, H Bashar lbw Malinga 73, S Hafees c Maharoof b Muralitharan 6, Md Ashraful c Jayawardene b Bandara 13, M Rahim c Sangakkara b Bandara 0, K Mashud c Malinga b Muralitharan 6, M Rafique c Muralitharan b Malinga 64, S Hossain b Fernando 8, E Haque c Sangakkara b Fernando 3, S Rasel not out 1, Extras: (b-1, lb-4, w-2, nb-5) 12, Total: (for all out in 56.1 overs) 201.

Fall of wkts: 1-15, 2-29, 3-46, 4-95, 5-95, 6-110, 7-162, 8-187, 9-198.

Bowling: Malinga 14.1-1-51-3, Fernando 19-4-51-3, Muralitharan 13-1-62-2, Bandara 10-4-32-2.

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings: M van Dort not out 22, U Tharanga not out 48, Extras: (lb-5, w-2) 7, Total: (for no wkt in 20 overs) 77.

Bowling: Rasel 5-0-21-0, Hossain 6-2-30-0, Rafique 5-2-14-0, Haque 4-0-7-0.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 14:05 IST