Sri Lanka vs Australia: Nathan Lyon goes past Kapil Dev to move into top 10 of all-time Test wicket-takers list

Sri Lanka vs Australia: Nathan Lyon overtook India’s great Kapil Dev to climb to the 10th spot on the list of highest wicket-takers in Test matches on Friday.

SL vs AUS: Nathan Lyon moves into top 10 of all-time Test wicket-takers list (AP Photo)

SL vs AUS: Nathan Lyon moves into top 10 of all-time Test wicket-takers list (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nathan Lyon became the 10th highest wicket-taker in Tests
  • Lyon surpassed Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 Test wickets
  • Lyon bagged 9 wickets for Australia in 10-wicket win over SL

Nathan Lyon on Friday entered the top 10 of the all-time leading wicket-takers list in Test cricket as he picked up his 436th wicket on Day 3 of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. Lyon went past legendary India fast bowler Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets when he dismissed Ramesh Mendis in the first session as Sri Lanka suffered a massive defeat.

LEADING WICKET-TAKERS OF TESTS
Muttiah Muralitharan – 800 in 133 Tests
Shane Warne – 708 in 145 Tests
James Anderson – 651 in 171 Tests
Anil Kumble – 619 in 132 Tests
Glenn McGrath – 563 in 124 Tests
Stuart Broad – 549 in 155 Tests
Courtney Walsh – 519 in 132 Tests
R Ashwin – 442 in 86 Tests
Dale Steyn – 439 in 93 Tests
Nathan Lyon- 436 in 109 Tests

Nathan Lyon has been a pillar for Australia in Test cricket, especially in home conditions, as the off-spinner has been running through the opposition with ease over the years.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets inside three days of the opening Test in Galle on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Sri Lanka, who had conceded a 109-run lead, were bowled out for 113 in their second innings as Nathan Lyon (4-31) wrecked their top order and part-timer Travis Head (4-10) polished off the tail.

Needing only five runs to win, opener David Warner hit Ramesh Mendis for a four and followed it with a six to seal Australia’s victory in four deliveries.

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