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.

First Published: January 7, 2019, 8:31 AM IST