Thursday, February 5, 2009


Sri Lanka's off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran has broken the world record for most wickets in one-day international cricket.Muralidaran took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir during the fourth one-day international against India on Thursday to surpass the 502 wickets taken by former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram.The 36-year-old Muralidaran also holds the Test record with 769 dismissals.Sri Lanka has already lost the five-match limited overs series 3-0.Muralidaran, playing in his 328th match, accounted for the wicket of Gambhir in his final over of the match to reach 503 ODI victims. He ended with figures of 66-1 after 10 overs.Gambhir, who scored a magnificent 150, was out as he tried to edge the ball past the wicketkeeper. Instead he got a thin edge which was taken by Kumar Sangakkara to make his teammate - Muttiah Muralidaran - the highest wicket-taker in ODI history.India eventually scored 332 runs for the loss of five wickets, in the first innings, in the penultimate ODI of the series.Apart from Gambhir’s superb knock, skipper MS Dhoni also contributed with a brave 94. The Indian captain lost his wicket after trying to get to his century with a six. He mistimed a Sanath Jayasuriya delivery as it top-edged to Dilhara Fernando at third man.Dhoni and Gambhir were involved in a 188-run partnership for the second wicket. Fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara (63-3) managed to dismiss Yuvraj Singh (5) and Yusuf Pathan (0) off successive deliveries before India were rescued by another partnership off 103 runs from Gambhir and Suresh Raina.Raina was unfortunate not to reach his half century after remaining unbeaten on 49 as India reached 332-5.

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