Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath became the first left-arm bowler to get a nine-wicket haul in an innings when he registered statistics of 9 for 127 against Pakistan in the 2nd Test at Colombo (SSC).
Rangana Herath is the 2nd Sri Lankan bowler to bag a nine-for in a Test innings. Muttiah Muralitharan had done it two times before. Herath is the 18th bowler to get 9 or more wickets in a Test innings. The only Pakistan wicket to elude Herath was Ahmed Shehzad dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for 58.
Before Rangana Herath, the best performance by a left-arm bowler in a Test innings was by England’s Johnny Briggs with 8 wickets conceding 11 runs against South Africa in 1889. Earlier on Day 1, Rangana Herath became the 4th left-arm spinner after Bishan Singh Bedia, Daniel Vettori and Derek Underwood to get 250 Test wickets.