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Murali breaks ODI record for most wickets

SRI Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan broke the world record of most wickets in one-day internationals yesterday but it was a rare highlight for the hosts as a Gautam Gambhir century guided India to 332-5 in the opening innings of the fourth one-day international in Colombo.

Muralitharan went past the 502-wicket market set by former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram when he found a faint edge off Gambhir's bat in his last over.

The 36-year-old Muralitharan, who is also highest wicket-taker in test matches with 769 dismissals, otherwise had a poor time with the ball, ending with figures of 1-66.

Gambhir's career-best 150 off 147 balls, including 14 fours and a six, was well-supplemented by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 94 off 96 balls as Sri Lanka conceded too many runs with poor ground fielding and wayward bowling that included 15 wides.

"I am very proud and happy to have achieved this record and it is a great honor for a small cricket nation like Sri Lanka to now hold two bowling world records," Muralitharan said in a televised interview.

"There is no secret to my success apart from the fact I was fortunate to be blessed with natural talent and I have worked very hard throughout my career.

"I would like to dedicate the record to my parents and family who have always been there for me through good times and bad."


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