Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo

Rangana Herath decimated the Indian batting as he took 7 for 48, helping Sri Lanka comfortably defend the target of 176 runs at Galle. With this performance, he overtook the Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, who has 266 Test wickets to his name. Here is the list of the left-arm spinners with most Test wickets:

Player Matches Innings Wickets BBI BBM Average Economy SR 5 10
Daniel Vettori (ICC/NZ) 113 187 362 7/87 12/149 34.36 2.59 79.5 20 3
Derek Underwood (Eng) 86 151 297 8/51 13/71 25.83 2.10 73.6 17 6
Rangana Herath (SL) 61 110 270 9/127 14/184 29.81 2.75 65.0 22 4
Bishan Singh Bedi (India) 67 118 266 7/98 10/194 28.71 2.14 80.3 14 1
Tony Lock (Eng) 49 88 174 7/35 11/48 25.58 2.03 75.5 9 3

This was also Herath’s 22nd five-wicket haul, meaning that he extends his record for most five-wicket hauls by left-arm spinners in Tests. Next best is former New Zealand spinner, Daniel Vettori, his tally being 20. 37-year-old Herath, is also now fifth on the list of the spinners with most fifers in Tests.

Player Matches Innings Wickets BBI BBM Average Economy SR 5 10
Muttiah Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 133 230 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55.0 67 22
Shane Warne (Aus) 145 273 708 8/71 12/128 25.41 2.65 57.4 37 10
Anil Kumble (India) 132 236 619 10/74 14/149 29.65 2.69 65.9 35 8
Harbhajan Singh (India) 103 190 417 8/84 15/217 32.46 2.84 68.5 25 5
Rangana Herath (SL) 61 110 270 9/127 14/184 29.81 2.75 65.0 22 4

Rangana Herath made his Test debut at Galle in 1999 against Australia.

Statistics Source: ESPNcricinfo

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