Sri Lanka’s Vaas joins 400-wicket club

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August 27, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas on Wednesday became the fourth bowler to complete 400 wickets in one-day internationals, achieving the feat during the fourth match against India here.

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The left-arm seamer had Yuvraj Singh caught by Mahela Jayawardene at short mid-wicket.

That enabled him to join retired Pakistani pace duo of Wasim Akram (502) and Waqar Younis (416), and compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan (478) in the 400-club.

Vaas, 34, is also the only bowler in the world to grab eight wickets in a one-day international.

That was when he finished with 8-19 off eight overs against Zimbabwe in Colombo in 2001.

He has grabbed two hat-tricks in 322 one-day internationals — against Zimbabwe in Colombo seven years ago and Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Vaas has taken five or more wickets in an innings four times since making his one-day debut against India in 1994.

He has also bagged 348 wickets in 107 Tests.