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Murali 800, India slides

Murali 800, India slides

The mercurial Muttiah Muralitharan spun the web and achieved the 800-Test wicket milestone which brought a landslide victory for Sri Lanka over India on the fifth day of the first Test. It was a foregone conclusion that India was going to lose the Test once MS Dhoni was trapped plumb infront by Malinga. But the dogged resistance by the Indian tail not only delayed the inevitable, but also forced the Lanka to bat again and score the 96 runs required for the victory.

The mercurial Muttiah Muralitharan spun the web and achieved the 800-Test wicket milestone which brought a landslide victory for Sri Lanka over India on the fifth day of the first Test. It was a foregone conclusion that India was going to lose the Test once MS Dhoni was trapped plumb infront by Malinga. But the dogged resistance by the Indian tail not only delayed the inevitable, but also forced the Lanka to bat again and score the 96 runs required for the victory.

Laxman tried hard, Ishant Sharma and Royal Challenger Abhimanyu Mithun, all fought hard to stave off the defeat but was unable to fend off the challenge of Murali and Malinga. Malinga was in a ravenous mood taking a fiver, while Murali was stuck at 799. Everyone was beginning to resign to the thought that the greatest off-spinner would have to retire from cricket at one-short of 800. But Murali then forced Pragyan Ojha to nick to the slips to reach the magical figures, which if left undone, would have surely haunted Murali for the rest of his life.

The whole of Lanka erupted with joy and surely the cricketing world saluted the master craftsman for his jugglery with the cherry spanning a little over 17 years in the international circuit. He leaves the field but the memories of a fantastic character will never leave the millions of cricket lovers, I am sure.

India lost the Test and is down 0-1 in the three match series. But this Test will be remembered more because of a charismatic Murali bidding adieu to Test cricket.

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