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The day of a legend

Jul 23, 2010 3:06:47 AM - srilankacricket.lk

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan holds up the cricket ball as he walks back to the pavilion at the end of India’s second innings during the fifth and final day of the first cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and India at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 22, 2010.   Retiring world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka reached the 800-wicket mark with his last delivery in Test cricket.  The off-spinner, 38, had last man Pragyan Ojha caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene to terminate India’s second innings after lunch on the final day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium. India, who were made to follow on 244 runs behind, were all out for 338 in their second knock.

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan (C) celebrates with teammates on claiming his 800th Test wicket with the dismissal of Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha during the fifth and final day of the first cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and India at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 22, 2010.

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh (2L) and teammates congratulate Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan (L) after the Sri Lankan victory in the first Test match at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 22, 2010.  World bowling record-holder Muttiah Muralitharan retired with 800 Test wickets as Sri Lanka thumped India by 10 wickets in their first match.

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan waves to the crowd as his teammates captain Kumar Sangakkara (R) and Damika Prasad (L) carry him around the pitch in a lap of honour after they won the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 22, 2010.