Dale Steyn celebrates after picking a wicket (AP Photo)
- Dale Steyn now has 421 wickets in Test cricket
- Steyn dismissed last man Lakshan Sandakan to claim his 421st wicket
- Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and he is playing his 87th Test match
Dale Steyn equalled former captain Shaun Pollock’s South African record for most wickets in Test cricket during the first match against Sri Lanka in Galle on Saturday.
Steyn, who made a comeback after recovering from a heel injury he sustained in January, dismissed last man Lakshan Sandakan to claim his 421st wicket in Test cricket and joined the legendary pacer.
Sandakan was caught at point by Temba Bauvma to end the Sri Lanka’s second innings on 190 runs.
Steyn required three wickets to break Pollock’s haul of 421 wickets prior to the series. He picked up a wicket in the first innings before dismissing Sandakan in the second innings.
Considered one of the all-time greats in the sport, Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and he is playing his 87th Test match.
South Africa were set a target of 352 runs to win the first Test on the third day after the hosts were bowled out for 190 runs in their second innings.
Sri Lanka were bowled out 20 minutes before lunch. With a first-innings lead of 161 runs, it was feeling comfortable on a wicket that was offering assistance to spin bowlers.
The hosts resumed on 111 for four and slumped to 134 for seven with Kagiso Rabada playing a part in all three dismissals.
Overnight batsman Roshen Silva was dismissed for 13.
Coming in for the fifth over of his spell in the morning, the 23-year-old Rabada dismissed Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera in the space of three deliveries.
Dickwella was caught behind by Quinton De Kock while Perera was trapped leg before wicket after he offered no stroke to a delivery that cut back in. With Perera’s dismissal, Rabada completed 150 wickets in Test cricket and in the process became the youngest ever to achieve the milestone.
(With inputs from AP)