Morne Morkel reached the milestone when he dismissed Kithuruwan  Vithanage of Sri Lanka in their second innings in the seconf Test at the SSC, Colombo © Getty Images (File Photo)
Morne Morkel reached the milestone when he dismissed Kithuruwan Vithanage of Sri Lanka in their second innings in the seconf Test at the SSC, Colombo © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Jul 27, 2014

 

Morne Morkel became the sixth South African bowler to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets during Sri Lanka‘s second innings in the second Test against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sporting Club in Colombo.

 

Morkel now joins the 200-plus club, of which Shaun Pollock (421 wickets), Makhaya Ntini (390), Dale Steyn (375), Allan Donald (330, Jacques Kallis (291) are the other South African members. He achieved this feat when he dismissed Kithuruwan Vithanage, who was caught by Faf du Plessis with a score of seven runs off eight deliveries.

 

The 29-year lanky pacer finished with figures of four for 45 at the end of Sri Lanka’s declaration at 229 for eight in their second innings to give South Africa a mammoth target of 368. The pacer was assisted by pacer Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir who picked two wickets each, conceding 59 and 76 runs respectively.

 

His feat was lauded by several people, including Cricket South Africa. The South African cricket administrators took to their Twitter account to send their regards to the right-arm seamer.