Dale Steyn - Fastest to 400 Test wickets

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Steyn has cemented his place in the record books.

South African Dale Steyn added another feather to his illustrious cap when he became the 13th bowler in Test cricket history to claim 400 wickets. He emulated former teammate Shaun Pollock, who achieved his landmark nearly nine years ago, way back in December 2006.

Steyn’s 400th scalp was Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal, who he had caught at slip by captain Hashim Amla on the opening day of the second Test in Mirpur. Kiwi paceman Sir Richard Hadlee was the first to reach this landmark. He did so in February 1990 against India at Christchurch. Since then, in all, three Indians, two West Indians, Australians & South Africans and one Englishman, New Zealander, Pakistani & Sri Lankan are in this elite list.

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Incidentally, the 32 year old Steyn took only 16,634 balls to reach his 400th wicket mark – the fewest in Test history, which is, at least, 3600 balls less than what Richard Hadlee needed to reach his milestone.

The table below has the updated career records of all the thirteen Test bowlers with 400-plus wickets:

Dale Steyn will now target Shaun Pollock’s career tally of 421 wickets, which will make the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests. At his current strike rate it does look he will easily cross the South African record during the forthcoming tour of India in November/December.

The tables below looks at Dale Steyn’s Test career statistics since his debut against England at Port Elizabeth in December 2004.

Steyn has the distinction of claiming 50 or more wickets against three Test opponents – Australia, India and New Zealand. However his best strike-rate has come against Bangladesh.

He has 235 wickets on African grounds (in South Africa and Zimbabwe), while his next best has come in Asia with 90 wickets. 

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On three occasions in his Test career, he has claimed 50 or wickets in a single calendar year. His best coming in 2008 when he finished with 74 wickets

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Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 of the two-match series at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. You can follow all the action LIVE through Sport360

Pakistan have been in tremendous form in Sri Lanka so far. They are coming into the T20 series riding on a winning momentum so they will be looking to seal the tour in style. 

Sri Lanka were once the top T20 side after winnng the last ICC World Cup three years ago in Bangladesh. However, they have one played one Twenty20 match since that historic triumph. 

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Steyn puts South Africa in ascendancy on day one against Bangladesh

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Steyn took three wickets on the first day.

Dale Steyn claimed his 400th Test scalp as he shared six wickets with JP Duminy, giving South Africa the edge Thursday on the first day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka. 

Paceman Steyn claimed 3-30 while off-spinner Duminy took 3-27, as a mini collapse in the final session restricted Bangladesh to 246-8 at stumps. 

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim scored the lone half-century for Bangladesh and made a 94-run partnership with Mahmudullah for the fourth wicket after he won the toss and elected to bat. Rahim hit 65 off 125 balls, his 15th Test fifty and first in 12 innings as Bangladesh made slow progress before South Africa took control of the game in the final session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Steyn struck early in the day making opener Tamim Iqbal his 400th Test scalp. The 32-year-old Steyn almost reached the landmark in his second over of the day but Dean Elgar dropped Tamim at second slip. Skipper Hashim Amla made no mistake in Steyn’s next over when he took a chest-high catch at first slip.

Shaun Pollock is the only other South African to pass the 400-mark, taking 421 wickets before retiring in 2008. Steyn, who is playing his 80th Test, became the 13th cricketer to take 400 or more wickets in Test matches. He is one of only three currently active cricketers to achieve the feat, joining India spinner Harbhajan Singh and England paceman James Anderson. 

Duminy struck twice in successive overs following lunch after Mominul Haque and Imrul Kayes had helped Bangladesh stage something of a recovery from the early loss of Tamim. Duminy forced an edge from Mominul for 40, ending the batsman’s 69-run second wicket stand with Kayes. Kayes followed Mominul, who hit six fours off 87 balls, when Duminy struck in his next over, trapping the left-hander leg-before for 30.

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Mahmudullah was given out leg-before on 18 off Steyn but the decision was overturned on review as a replay showed a big inside edge. Steyn later broke his partnership with Rahim as the right-hander flicked a catch to Temba Bavuma at short midwicket after reaching 35.

Rahim had been looking solid until occasional left-arm spinner Elgar spun one sharply to take his glove and the ball carried to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas. Elgar then pouched Liton Das at short midwicket as Duminy claimed his third wicket. Shakib Al Hasan edged Morne Morkel to Elgar at gully for 35 before Steyn bowled Mohammad Shahid in the last ball of the day to complete Bangladesh’s misery.

South Africa handed wicketkeeper-batsman Vilas a Test debut in the match, replacing Quinton de Kock. The 30-year-old became South Africa’s sixth new cap in the last 18 months. Bangladesh brought back Nasir in place of left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.

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