Warne equals Murali's record

Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has equalled Sri Lankan bowler Muttaiah Muralitharan's world record of the highest number of wickets in Test cricket.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Sri Lanka denied Shane Warne the Test bowling world record in his own right today and salvaged a draw against Australia in the second Test, reaching stumps on the final evening with two wickets in hand. Warne equalled Muttiah Muralitharan's world record of 527 Test wickets when he had Upul Chandana stumped as Sri Lanka stumbled to 174 for eight, with almost 10 overs remaining. Chaminda Vaas survived to reach stumps on 11 and Nuwan Zoysa, who was dropped at first slip by Ricky Ponting off Jason Gillespie's bowling, was unbeaten on three when the match ended. Warne bowled 37 overs today and returned 4-70. Vaas blocked him out in the penultimate over of the match. Set 355 to win off 85 overs after Ponting declared Australia's second innings closed at 292 for nine, the Sri Lankan batsmen played defensively in the last session as Warne homed in on Muralitharan's record. The Australian leg spinner needed three of the last five wickets to equal the record after Sri Lanka went to tea at 107 for five. Muralitharan didn't participate in the series but is expected to be back for Sri Lanka's next series against South Africa. Lankans draw Warne had Romesh Kaluwitharana (14) caught close to the wicket by Darren Lehmann at the start of the final session to spark a roll. Kumar Sangakkara was on 55 when he got a thick outside edge to Warne and Matt Hayden put down a regulation chance at first slip. But Warne didn't require help when he returned to bowl Sangakkara for 66 with a ball that hit the rough and turned sharply to take out middle stump and make the total 159 for seven. Sangakkara frustrated Warne for most of the day, facing 174 balls after going to the crease with Sri Lanka at 15 for one. Chandana (14) survived a strong shout for bat-pad catch on the last ball of Warne's next over, when Ponting dived to hold a deflection. Umpire Billy Bowden rejected the appeal. Warne got the record-equalling wicket in his subsequent over, when TV umpire Bob Parry ruled in his favour on a borderline stumped decision against Chandana. Adam Gilchrist, who broke his nose while keeping wickets earlier in the day, whipped off the bails as Chandana's back foot landed on the crease. Warne was involved in the first Sri Lankan dismissal, catching Marvan Atapattu (9) off Gillespie's bowling in the morning session. Sanath Jayasuriya (22) was next out, caught behind off Warne's bowling just after the lunch interval to make the total 49 for two. Mahela Jayawardene (6) got a thin edge to Glenn McGrath and was caught behind and Thilan Samaraweera (0) was run out by a direct hit from Damien Martyn to make the total 64-4. Sangakkara and Dilshan (21) added 43 for the fifth wicket before Gillespie removed Dilshan with the last ball before tea. Earlier, Australian opener Matt Hayden posted his 20th Test century and second of this match before he was bowled by Chandana for 132. (AP)