• Gibson did it, then Olivier, now Pushpakumara

    Sri Lanka spinner Malinda Pushpakumara achieved a rare 10-wicket innings haul for Colombo Cricket Club against Saracens Sports Club recently.

    His figures of 10 for 37 in Moratuwa are the 13th best in the history of standard first-class cricket.

    The 31-year-old, who has played four Tests and two ODIs, reached 700 first-class wickets during the match against Saracens Sports Club.

    Former franchise seamer Mario Olivier took all 10 wickets in the innings for the Warriors versus the Eagles in South Africa’s 2007-8 first-class season.

    Current Proteas coach Ottis Gibson, playing for Durham at the time, also clinched all 10 against Durham in 2007.

    An innings 10-for has been achieved twice in Test cricket. England’s Jim Laker did it against Australia in 1956 and India’s Anil Kumble versus Pakistan in 1999.

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