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SL Vs SA 1st Test: Dale Steyn Breaks Legendary Kapil Dev's Record Of 434 Test Wickets

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| February 15 , 2019 , 16:30 IST

One of best South Africa's pacer Dale Steyn, who has been a most destroying bowler in Test cricket for the decade has achieved another milestone. The 35-year-old broke Kapil Dev's record with a brilliant 4-wicket haul in the 1st Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Kingsmead, Durban.      

Steyn, who had 433 Test wickets to his name before the match, stood just two wickets away from overtaking Kapil Dev's tally of 434 Test wickets. He finished with figures of 48/4 in his 20 overs to dismantle the Sri Lankan batting line-up and equal England pacer Stuart Broad's record of 437 wickets to become the joint 7th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list with a record 800 scalps in the longest format of the game. He is followed by Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563) and Courtney Walsh (516), who comprise the list of top-5 wicket-takers.

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The 35-year-old bowled a devastating spell to help South Africa bundle out Sri Lanka for 191 runs in their 1st innings. The hosts took a healthy 44-run lead before being reduced to 126/4 at stumps on Day 2. The speedster picked up the important wickets of Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera and Suranga Lakmal.

He was well supported by Veron Philander and Kagiso Rabada as the duo picked up a couple of wickets each leaving Sri Lankan batting struggling in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 235 runs. Kusal Perera (51) top-scored for the visitors and was the only batsman to show some resistance against the South African pace attack.

South Africa got off to a poor start in their second innings as openers Dean Elgar (35) and Aiden Markram (28) posted a 36-run stand for the first wicket. Kasun Rajitha drew the first blood for Sri Lanka after Markram was caught by Kusal Mendis. Hashim Amla was the next to depart after scoring 16 off 35 deliveries. Temba Bavuma too departed cheaply on 3 followed by Elgar on 35 as the hosts managed to post 126/4 at stumps.