40-year-old Rangana Herath became the first Asian bowler to pick a five-wicket haul post 40. This is a big record, considering India’s Lala Amarnath held the previous record for best figures post 40. India’s Lala Amarnath (then 41 yrs) had claimed 4 for 40 runs Pakistan’s first innings at Bombay in November 1952. Herath scalped 6/98 against South Africa in the second Test to overhaul that long-standing record.
The old-warhorse now stands at the fifth spot in the list of most 5-wicket hauls in test cricket. He has done it on 34 occasions.
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His countrymate Muttaiah Muralitharan is at numero uno position in this list with 67 five-wicket hauls. But Herath is at the top when it comes to scalping most five-wicket hauls in the 4th innings of a Test. Herath has done it 12 times, whereas Muralitharan has achieved it seven times.
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Rangana Herath: “Winning the game and winning the series, against the number two side – very pleased with it. Wherever you go and take wickets, you like the ground, especially SSC. The harder ball gives a bit of assistance for the spinners. Spinners bowled really well throughout the series. I know everybody has time to go. That’s why I have decided to stop playing cricket. Hopefully, in the series against England, I will do my best.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 199 runs.