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Warne's 500th wicket inspires Aussie win

March 12, 2004 13:24 IST
Last Updated: March 12, 2004 15:07 IST


Shane Warne became the first spinner in history to take 500 Test wickets on his comeback from a 12-month drugs ban as he inspired Australia to a famous 197-run triumph against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Warne was mobbed by his team mates after removing Hashan Tillakaratne shortly after lunch on the final day of the first Test to reach the landmark.

He then removed tailender Kumar Dharmasena to complete a 10-wicket match haul as Sri Lanka, chasing 352 to win, were bowled out for 154 in an extraordinary turnaround.

The 34-year-old leg spinner, who had begun his 108th Test with 491 wickets, ended with five for 43 from 15 overs in the second innings. He took five for 116 in the first innings.

Former West Indies pace bowler Courtney Walsh is the only man to have taken more Test wickets than Warne, with 519.

Australia's victory came after they had conceded a 161-run first-innings deficit, only for Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann to score centuries in a second innings of 512 for eight declared.

Sri Lanka's off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, Warne's great rival and also playing in the Galle match, has taken 496 Test wickets.

Scorecard

Australia (1st innings): 220 (D.Lehmann 63; M.Muralitharan 6-59)

Sri Lanka (1st innings): 381 (T.Dilshan 104, M.Jayawardene 68; S.Warne 5-116)

Australia (2nd innings): 512-8 declared (M.Hayden 130, D.Lehmann 129, D.Martyn 110)

Sri Lanka (2nd innings): (overnight 3-0)
M.Atapattu c Hayden b Warne 16
K.Sangakkara lbw b Kasprowicz 7
M.Jayawardene c Hayden b Warne 21
T.Dilshan lbw Warne 6
S.Jayasuriya c Hayden b MacGill
5 H.Tillakeratne c Symonds b Warne 25
T.Samaraweera b MacGill 15
U.Chandana c Langer b MacGill 43
C.Vaas not out 10
K.Dharmasena c Hayden b Warne 0
M.Muralitharan st Gilchrist b MacGill 0

Extras: (b-4 nb-1 w-1) 6

Total: (all out, 45.2 overs) 154

Fall of wickets: 1-14 2-41 3-49 4-56 5-56 6-89 7-119 8-153 9-153

Bowling: Warne 15-5-43-5 (nb-1), Gillespie 9-2-20-0 (w-1), Kasprowicz 5-1-13-1, MacGill 16.2-2-74-4

Result: Australia won by 197 runs
Second Test: Kandy, March 16-20
Third Test: Colombo, March 24-28.


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Sub: Great Job

Kudos to the ACB for giving players who made mistakes a second chance. That just shows why they are the World champions. If one of ...


Posted by Sunil





Sub: great achievement

Wow, Thats great news...What a great spinner warne is. In his 1st comeback test he has achieved this feat...remarkable...


Posted by k.p.vinod





Sub: Re: Warne Inspires Aussie Win

Purrrfect ! I simple cannot take a Lankan team that fields someone like Muralitharan seriously. Bent arm or not - the man chucks. That Warne ...


Posted by Shrikar D.





Sub: Warne Is Great !

If Murlitharan is Don Bradman of Bowling, then Shane Warne is also no less than Don Bradman of Bowling. He proved that he still has ...


Posted by Dnyaneshwar S. Kardore





Sub: Ahem... I heard somebody wanted to race Warne...

Well Done Warne. You are the person who has mastered and taken art of the spin bowling to another level. Too bad, chuckers like Murali ...


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