Muralitharan crosses 500-wicket mark

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan picked up the last wicket, that of Sohail Khan, to become only the second bowler to take 500 one-day wickets.

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Last updated on Saturday, 24 January, 2009 14:13 IST
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Sri Lanka thrashed Pakistan by a huge margin of 234 runs in the third and decisive One-Day International in Lahore on Saturday.

This now ranks among the biggest defeats in One-Day Internationals history. In fact this is the second biggest margin of defeat if we exclude matches against associate countries.

Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took his 500th wicket in one-day internationals.

Muralitharan picked up the last wicket, that of Sohail Khan, to become only the second bowler to take 500 one-day wickets.

He now needs another three to overhaul Pakistan's Wasim Akram and become the highest wicket-taker in one-dayers. He is already the highest wicket-taker in Tests with 769 victims.

Muralitharan, who made his one-day debut against India in 1993, has 10 times taken five wickets in a match in a 323-match career.

Biggest wins in One-Day Internationals

Margin Winner Loser Venue Season
245 runs SL Ind Sharjah 2000-01
234 runs SL Pak Lahore 2008-09
233 runs Pak Ban Dhaka 1999-00
232 runs Aus SL Adelaide 1984-85
224 runs Aus Pak Nairobi Gym 2002
217 runs Pak SL Sharjah 2001-02
215 runs Aus NZ St.George's 2006-07
209 runs SA WI Cape Town 2003-04
208 runs Aus Ind Sydney 2003-04
206 runs NZ Aus Adelaide 1985-86
202 runs Eng Ind Lord's 1975
200 runs Ind Ban Dhaka 2002-03


Dilshan (137 not out off 139 balls) registered his highest ever score - his second ODI hundred. His first hundred (117 not out)was against Netherlands at Amstelveen on July 4, 2006. His innings is the highest score by a batsman against Pakistan at Lahore, eclipsing Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya's 134 not out on November 5, 1997.

Story first published on: Saturday, 24 January 2009 14:11 IST

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