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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 May, 2004, 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Murali makes history
First Test, Harare, day three: Sri Lanka 541 beat Zimbabwe 199 & 102 by an innings and 240 runs

ROAD TO A RECORD
Muttiah Muralitharan
1st wicket Craig McDermott (Aus) lbw, Colombo Sept 1992
100th Stephen Fleming (NZ) bowled, Hamilton Mar 1997
200th Dominic Cork (Eng) caught, The Oval Aug 1998
300th Shaun Pollock (SA) bowled, Durban Jan 2001
400th Henry Olonga (Zim) bowled, Galle Jan 2002
500th Michael Kasprowicz (Aus) bowled, Kandy Mar 2004
520th Mluleki Nkala (Zim) caught, Harare May 2004

Muttiah Muralitharan became the most successful bowler in the history of Test cricket as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 240 runs in Harare.

The 32-year-old surpassed West Indian Courtney Walsh's career total of 519 victims when he had Mluleki Nkala caught at silly mid-off.

He also dismissed Alester Maregwede next ball as Zimbabwe were all out for 102, with Nuwan Zoysa claiming 5-30.

It was Sri Lanka's biggest margin of victory in their 22-year Test history.

The result exceeded their innings and 215-run win over England in Colombo last December and was achieved with two days to spare.

Their bowlers wasted no time making inroads into the inexperienced Zimbabwe batting line-up after being bowled out for 541 during the morning session, a first innings lead of 342.

Zoysa removed Stuart Matsikenyeri (11) and Dion Ebrahim (two) to reduce them to 15-2 at lunch and three more wickets went down in successive overs following the resumption.

Brendan Taylor was superbly caught by a diving Muralitharan at leg gully for four off Chaminda Vaas and Zoysa then made short work of Tatenda Taibu and Elton Chigumbura.

Zimbabwe were in danger of total humiliation but Nkala and Maregwede temporarily halted the collapse with a stubborn stand of 45.

Maregwede had the temerity to twice slog Muralitharan over the leg-side for four as the spinner went through his variations in search of the record.

They survived for 13 overs before Nkala, on 24, prodded forward and gave a bat-pad catch to Mahela Jayawardene at silly mid-off, prompting the entire Sri Lankan team to surround a jubilant Muralitharan.

Prosper Utseya was bowled by Farveez Maharoof and there were further celebrations when Maregwede departed for 22 to the first ball of Muralitharan's next over.

Nuwan Zoysa
Seam bowler Zoysa was Sri Lanka's other star performer

But they had to be cut short when he went off for treatment after damaging his hand in taking the catch.

Zoysa completed his first five-wicket haul when Blessing Mahwire was caught behind but Tinashe Panyangara hit a six and two fours in his 18 to take the total to three figures.

His stand with Doug Hondo (15 not out) was worth 30 when he was caught behind off Sanath Jayasuriya to bring the match to an end.

Muralitharan had earlier done his bit with the bat during the morning session as the tourists added 85 to their overnight score of 456-7.

He made 26 in a last-wicket stand of 45 with Zoysa before he was caught off Panyangara, who took 3-101 in his debut Test match.


Zimbabwe: T Taibu (captain), D Ebrahim, B Taylor, M Nkala, B Mahwire, D Hondo, P Utseya, T Panyangara, A Maregwede, S Matsikenyeri, E Chigumbura.

Sri Lanka: MS Atapattu (capt), ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, TM Dilshan, TT Samaraweera, HAPW Jayawardene (wkt), WPUJC Vaas, DNT Zoysa, M Muralitharan, M F Maharoof.




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