Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath went on to record his career best figures of 9 for 127 on Saturday during Pakistan’s first innings of the 2nd Test at the SSC, Colombo. The only other wicket of the Pakistani first innings went to Dilruwan Perera when he got Ahmed Shehzad out.
Above pic: Rangana Herath celebrates one of his nine wickets during the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.
Rangana Herath did not have any chance to take the perfect 10 which was done by England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble. It was because Dilruwan Perera had taken the third wicket to fall in the innings.
The 36-year-old Herath took 33.1 overs while giving away 127 runs for his 9 wickets. He is the second Sri Lankan to have taken 9 wickets in an innings after the great Muttiah Muralitharan who achieved this feat twice in his illustrious career against England at The Oval in 1998 and against Zimbabwe at Kandy in 2002 while conceding fewer runs than the former on both the occasions.
Herath may not have recorded Sri Lanka’s best ever bowling figures in Test but he now has the ‘best ever figures in Test Cricket by a left-armer’ which includes spinners and pacer bowlers.
After Muralitharan’s retirement, Sri Lanka were in a sort of crisis on who would fill in the off-spinner’s big boots. Fortunately they have Rangana Herath filling it up and doing exceedingly well with a mixture of left-arm orthodox and the well disguised finger-arm ball. The only worry for Sri Lanka is that Rangana Herath is already 36 years of age and may not last long!
Rangana Herath who has a little over 250 Test wickets had a previous best of 7 for 89.