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James Anderson surpasses Kapil Dev to become sixth highest Test wicket-taker

India Today logo India Today 21-05-2016
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England pacer James Anderson went on to become the sixth highest wicket-taker in Tests when he scalped a five-for on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Leeds.

The right-arm medium pacer weaved magic with the ball yet again to decimate Sri Lanka under gloomy skies at Headingley on Friday. After countryman Jonny Bairstow's show with the bat, Anderson led the swing-bowling show to send Sri Lankan batsman walking back to the hut one after the other.


In removing Angelo Mathews lbw for a team-high 34, Anderson went past Kapil Dev on the all-time list of test wicket-takers on 435. Notably, Kapil needed 227 innings to get to 434 while the England pacer got there in his 213th innings. Anderson now has 438 Test wickets from 114 matches at an average of 29.18.

Anderson, helped by the overcast conditions, joined hands with Stuart Broad to bowl out Sri Lanka for 91 in 36.4 overs. The Sri Lankan batsman had no answers to his swing and seam movement. It looked like Anderson was taking revenge for his last-over dismissal that led to Sri Lanka's historic series win on English soil in 2014.

"It was difficult to score if you hit the right areas," Anderson said. Anderson's figures of 5-16 meant Sri Lanka were forced to follow-on.

Sri Lanka's second innings was stopped on Day 2 in the very first over after bad light played spoilsport.

Top 10 wicket-takers list

800_Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka (133 tests)

708_Shane Warne, Australia (145)

619_Anil Kumble, India (132)

563_Glenn McGrath, Australia (124)

519_Courtney Walsh, West Indies (132)

438_James Anderson, England (114)

434_Kapil Dev, India (131)

431_Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand (86)

421_Shaun Pollock, South Africa (108)

417_Harbhajan Singh, India (103)

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