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Jul 23, 2010

Sri Lanka beat India after Murali's 800 wicket-mark

Muttiah Muralitharan retired with 800 Test wickets as Sri Lanka won India by 10 wickets in their first Test match.

The crafty off-spinner had last man Pragyan Ojha caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene to reach the 800 wicket landmark and finished India's 2nd innings in the post-lunch session of the final day's play.

India, who were made to follow on 244 runs behind, were bowled out for 338 in their second inning, leaving Sri Lanka a modest target of 95 runs in the opening match of the three-Test series.

The hosts cruised home without losing a wicket as Tharanga Paranavitana followed his 1st-innings century with 23 not out and Tillakaratne Dilshan ruined an unbeaten 68 off 47 balls.

Dilshan signalled the emphatic win by lofting off-spinner Harbhajan Singh over long-on for six.

Muralitharan, 38, who has taken more Test (800) and one-day (515) wickets than any bowler in history, remains open to playing limited-overs games.

India, the top-ranked Test side, have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993.

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