On this day in 1997: Murali breaks Warne's record

Sport360 staff 12:13 03/12/2016
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Paul Collingwood was the record breaking scalp.

The home crowd in Kandy went ecstatic when a particular wicket fell on this day nine years and they had every reason to be.

Muttiah Muralitharan bowled England’s Paul Collingwood in the first Test, claiming his 709th Test scalp to become the leading wicket-taker in the longest format.

It meant the spinner broke Australia’s Shane Warne’s record, and reached the mark in the 116th Test.

He went on to finish the first innings with 6-55 and claimed 3-85 in the second as Sri Lanka prevailed by 88 runs.

It was the second time that Murali had set a new mark, surpassing West Indies’ Courtney Walsh’s 519 wickets in 2004.

The retired star went on to take his 800th wicket in 2010.

Murali is a legend of the game.

Murali is a legend of the game.

1995: The US wins the Davis Cup for the 31st time when Pete Sampras gave them an unassailable 3-1 lead over Russia after defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

2011: Martin O’Neill signs a deal to become Sunderland manager, replacing the sacked Steve Bruce.

2014: The world of cricket bid an emotional goodbye to Phillip Hughes as mourners gathered to remember the former batsman at his funeral.

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