Ravichandran celebrates after receiving a wicket against Sri Lanka© BCCI
Less than 10 days after passing Kapil Dev’s count, Ravichandran Ashwin of India beat Dale Steyn to eighth place on Test cricket’s permanent wicket-taker roster. Ashwin overtook Steyn on the 3rd day of the second test in India and Sri Lanka when he ruled out Dhananjaya de Silva at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in the morning session. Ashwin was a beautiful Sri Lankan 440th The victim of the test passed Steyn’s 439 mark. In Monday night’s Tea Break Test on Monday night, Ashwin had 440 wickets in his name in 162 innings while Steyn took 439 wickets in 171 innings. Elite roster Muttiah Muralitharan is the leader of the legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner, the only cricketer to take 800 Test wickets. He is followed by Australian legend Shane Warne, who retired with 709 Test scalps.
Ashwin found the inside edge of a de Silva’s bat that had gone with hard ends. It was a classic one-pad release, very common in these conditions against those like Ashwin.
As the sun was shining on the field where the spinners had been helping since day one, surviving against the heavy Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja was hard work for the visitors.
However, taking a positive view, both Mendis (54 from 60 ball) and his Karunaratne confidently used their feet to counter the rotating Indians.
Mendis was impressive on both the front and back feet, pulling and cutting four short things and using his feet to cut the turn.
Karunaratne also charged from the wicket, following a similar plan but Mendis was more expressive. Later the skipper also joined in with much more confidence.
Mendis completed his fifties with a single against Jadeja, but won a flight in an Ashwin delivery and was stunned by Rishabh Pant.
This led to the end of the 96-yard battle for the second wicket. Jadeja was cleaned by Angelo Mathews (1) and Ashwin caught Dhananjaya de Silva (4) with a short leg forward.
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