New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has reached into the landmark of 250 Test wickets. He thus became the fourth Kiwi bowler to achieve the feat.
On day five of the second Test at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, Southee trapped Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne to claim his 250th wicket in the longest version of the game.
It can be noted that Southee’s new ball partner Trent Boult also picked 250th Test wicket just three days before.
Entering into the match with 245 wickets on card, 30-years old Southee claimed a five-fer guiding New Zealand to a series levelling win.
He reached the milestone in his 67th Test match. Other Kiwi bowlers who reached into this particular milestone are Trent Boult, Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori.
Sir Richard Hadlee took his 250th wicket in his 53rd Test while Boult achieved the milestone in 64th Test last week.
Southee made his Test debut against England in 2008. Southee played 140 one day international matches for New Zealand taking 186 wickets at a strike rate of 37.7.
He also played 58 T20I matches claiming 67 wickets at a strike rate of 18.2.
As for the match situation in Colombo, hosts Sri Lanka are still trailing by 88 runs in their second innings. They lost 7 wickets at the score of 103 runs. Niroshan Dickwella is batting with the score of 43 (134 balls).
New Zealand, in their first innings amassed a huge 431 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after a pair of centuries from Tom Latham and BJ Watling.
Latham top scored with 154 runs (251 balls) while Watling was unbeaten at 105 (226 balls).
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka scored 244 runs losing all the wickets in their first innings.
What a time to produce your 250th Test wicket 🙌
From wide on the crease he gets the ball to whoop back in & traps Karunaratne (21) LBW to break the BIG partnership. Sri Lanka 73-6 midway through 2nd session #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/CDg0GStdSk
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 26, 2019
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