Australia’s Lyon enters 200 wicket-club

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Shukriya Pakistan

PALLEKELE: Australia’s Nathan Lyon on Thursday became the country’s first off-spinner to bag 200 Test wickets, during his team’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Lyon claimed Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva, who was caught at midoff, to reach the milestone in the second session of the third day’s play, triggering celebrations in the Aussie camp.

Lyon, who had already passed former Australian off-spinner Hugh Trumble’s tally of 141 wickets, has now picked up five wickets in the game which looks evenly balanced.

Lyon, playing in his 55th Test, made his debut in 2011 in Sri Lanka’s Galle, the venue for the next match in the series.

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