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Rangana Herath surpasses Wasim Akram to become most successful left-arm bowler in Tests

Herath achieved this feat in the ongoing Test series against Bangladesh where he collected his 415th wicket, overtaking Wasim Akram's 414 to become the highest left-arm Test wicket-taker.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 10, 2018 15:29 IST ]
Image Source : AP Rangana Herath celebrates with teammates after a dismissal.

The 'wily' left-arm spinner has surpassed another milestone as Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath overtakes Pakistan's 'Sultan of Swing' Wasim Akram, to become the most successful and highest wicket-taker in Test cricket as a left-arm bowler.

Herath achieved this feat in the ongoing Test series against Bangladesh, where he dismissed Taijul Islam on the third day of the second Test, his 415th Test wicket. Sri Lanka's bowlers demolished the hosts to win the second Test by 215 runs and clinched the series 1-0 (first Test drawn).

Herath is ninth in line in the most wickets taken in Test cricket and it is none other than his countrymate Muralitharan who tops the charts with 800 Test wickets. The closest to the Sri Lankan is Shane Warne who has 708 Test wickets.

The 39-year old spinner has been consistent throughout his performances and has delivered when mattered the most. 

Herath helped Sri Lanka win the second Test with his 4/49 in the 11.3 overs he bowled in the second innings at Dhaka and claimed the final wicket of the day.

Offspinner Akila Dananjaya claimed five wickets in his Test debut as Sri Lanka completed a comprehensive 215-run win over Bangladesh on the third day of the second Test on Saturday, sealing the series 1-0.

The first Test in Chittagong ended in a draw. Dananjaya returned figures of 5/24 while left-arm spinner Herath had 4/49 and Perera 1/32.

Dananjaya had eight wickets on debut, including his 3/20 in the first innings.

(With AP Inputs)

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