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Malinda Pushpakumara Scalps 10 Wickets in an Innings

With 16 wickets in the match, Pushpakumara also surpassed 700 wickets in first-class cricket, after making his debut in 2006.

Cricketnext Staff |January 7, 2019, 8:43 AM IST
Malinda Pushpakumara Scalps 10 Wickets in an Innings

Sri Lankan offspinner Malinda Pushpakumara shot his way to fame after he claimed all 10 wickets in an innings on Sunday and returned 13th best match figures in first-class cricket.

Pushpakumara, who last played for Sri Lanka in home Test series against England, took 10-37 for Colombo Cricket Club and helped them dismiss Saracens Sports Club for a paltry 113, setting up a 235-run win in Moratuwa.

Before his exploits in the second innings, he had troubled the opposition by bagging 6/73 in the first innings.

Although India’s Rex Singh and Sidak Singh achieved a similar feat in grade cricket in 2018, this is the first instance of a bowler picking up 10 wickets in an innings in first-class cricket since Pakistan bowler Zulfiqar Babar did it in 2009. He had claimed 10/143 for Multan against Islamabad.

With 16 wickets in the match, Pushpakumara also surpassed 700 wickets in first-class cricket, after making his debut in 2006.

Interestingly, there was almost another 10 wickets in the match, with Saracens’ spinner Chamikara Eddirisinghe claiming 9/87 from 26 overs.

Eddirisinghe was denied the record, when another spinner Ashen Bandara wrapped up the CCC innings.

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