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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan stats: Who are the Top 5 bowlers to take most wickets in Test matches?

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, this rivalry is one the oldest in the history of cricket. Being two of the oldest teams of the game, they have played over 50 Test matches against each other. Pakistan has won 22 matches whereas, Sri Lanka managed to win 17 matches. 19 matches ended up being drawn between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Both these teams have a very rich cricketing history and therefore they have given many great bowlers of the game. But the question is, out of many bowlers, who are the top 5 bowlers to take most wickets in Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test matches. The game of these two teams have evolved a lot since the last few years. Where Pakistan has come out to be one of the best, Sri Lanka is hardly considered tough to play anymore.

In a recent Test match of Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Prabath Jayasuriya took 7 wickets for Sri Lanka but for the losing cause. Bowlers like Shaheen Afridi, Ramesh Mendis, Abrar Ahmed also bowled outstandingly. Both these teams are known for their skillful bowlers. Pakistan is known for their fast bowlers whereas, Sri Lanka is known for their top class spinners. One such spinner is Muttiah Muralitharan, as he is undoubtedly the greatest spinner of all time. On the other hand, Waqar Younis from Pakistan is one of the best fast bowlers of all time. With over 100 wickets, Muralitharan tops the list of top 5 bowlers with most wickets in Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test matches. 

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List of top 5 bowlers with most wickets in Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test matches

  • Muttiah Muralitharan- 105 wickets

Being the greatest bowler, Muralitharan has taken most wickets against Pakistan and also most wickets in Test cricket. With over 800 wickets only in Test cricket, he is at the top.

  • Rangana Herath- 96 wickets

The second most successful Sri Lankan bowler after Murali is Ranagana, because he has taken most wickets after him. With 96 wickets, Herath comes 2nd in the list of top 5 bowlers. 

  • Waqar Younis- 67 wickets

Waqar Younis is undoubtedly considered as one of the best bowlers of all time. After taking 67 wickets in Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test matches, Waqar comes 3rd with most wickets.

  • Chaminda Vaas- 60 wickets

Looking at Chaminda’s Test stats, he had a very impactful career. Taking 60 wickets at an average of 31.98 is absolutely one of the top performances.

  • Danish Kaneria- 57 wickets

The most successful spinner of Pakistan is Danish Kaneria, because his stats are the best among all in Pakistan. With 57 wickets against Sri Lanka, Danish comes 5th in the list of top 5.

PlayerWicketsMatchesCountry
Muttiah Muralidharan10522Sri Lanka
Rangana Herath9619Sri Lanka
Waqar Younis6716Pakistan
Chaminda Vaas6017Sri Lanka
Danish Kaneria5711Pakistan

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