South Africa’s veteran pacer Dale Steyn continued his record-breaking spree as he surpassed Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets to become joint 7th leading wicket-takers in the history of Test cricket. During the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Steyn achieved the incredible feat, he also equalled England pacer Stuart Broad’s tally of 437 wickets in game’s most traditional format.
The 35-year old Proteas pacer took four wickets as South Africa claimed a handy 44-run first innings lead after dismissing Sri Lanka for 191 on the stroke of tea on day 2 of the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. Steyn, playing only his 92nd Test, surpassed Kapil (434) in the highest-wicket takers list is headed by Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) while Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (516) are the other five bowlers ahead of him.
The Phalaborwa express boasts off an impressive average of 22.72 with 26 five-wicket hauls against his name. The home side will look to set a target that will be beyond Sri Lanka’s brittle batting line-up on a wicket that is providing plenty of assistance for the seam bowlers.
Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka with an aggressive 51 off 63 balls. When he was caught at deep cover off Steyn an early end to the innings seemed likely. But Lasith Embuldeniya and Rajitha defied the bowlers for 55 minutes, adding 32 for the ninth wicket despite being subjected to numerous short-pitched deliveries.
The stand was eventually ended when Rajitha was run out by sharp fielding by Aiden Markram at short leg when he strayed out of his crease while playing a defensive shot. Test debutant Embuldeniya was struck several times before he was last man out for 24.
The procession of wickets continued after lunch, with debutant Lasith Embuldeniya (23) providing some resistance before he was the last man out, caught by Steyn at mid-off to give Rabada a second wicket.
South Africa were bowled out for 235 on Day 1 as Quinton de Kock top-scored with a fine 80. Seamer Vishwa Fernando (4 for 62) was the pick of the tourists’ attack.