Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka team in the two Test series against Zimbabwe commencing October 29 in Harare    Getty Images
Rangana Herath has led the Sri Lanka team well in the two Test series against Zimbabwe Getty Images

The ongoing Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Harare saw visitors’ skipper Rangana Herath script numerous records with his guile and effective left-arm spin. Herath claimed a fifer and helped his side dismantle Zimbabwe for a mere total of 242. With this, he also became the third bowler to have a fifer to his name against all Test playing nations. The only other bowler to have done so are Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn. Herath has been the spine of Sri Lankan bowling in the recent times and did a commendable job while leading the spin attack. He has now scripted history with this memorable outing. The table below is a detailed description of all the three bowlers to have scalped a fifer against the Test playing nations. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Harare

Opposition Muttiah Muralitharan Dale Steyn Rangana Herath
M 5WIs M 5WIs M 5WIs
Australia 13 5 15 2 11 6
Bangladesh 11 11 6 1 6 2
England 16 8 12 2 10 3
India 22 7 13 5 7 2
New Zealand 14 5 12 6 7 4
Pakistan 16 5 10 3 19 6
South Africa 15 11 6 2
Sri Lanka 7 3
West Indies 12 9 9 3 7 1
Zimbabwe 14 6 1 1 2 1
Total 133 67 85 26 75 27

Herath also became the second Sri Lankan skipper to have taken a fifer with the first one being Sanath Jayasuriya. He also has the third-most wickets for Sri Lankan captains. He has joined the elite club of Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn with this memorable outing. Sri Lanka are now in a commendable position after scoring 504 in the first innings. After which their bowlers did a magnificent job in dismantling Zimbabwe for 272. Sri Lanka are now batting again in the second innings and will look to pile some runs and set a target for the hosts to chase. IT’s going ot be a difficult task for Zimbabwe as Sri Lanka are now dominating this game. Herath has one more innings to bowl and one can expect his records to only get better. He has done a tremendous job as the skipper of the side and will look to register a whitewash as they are leading the two-match series by 2-0.