5 occasions over the last decade when more than 20 wickets fell in a single day of a Test matches
Test cricket is a type of game where both the teams thrives on getting the opposition all-out twice to win the game. No matter how many runs are plundered on the board, the result simmers down to the propensity of the bowlers to bowl out the opposition twice.
Over the years, there have been instances when the bowlers have subjugated the proceedings to such an extent that the batsmen have been reduced to absconded objects on the cricket field. More often than not, this is due to the fact that the pitches have offered amplified assistance to the bowlers, but then regardless of all the succor, it is the skill and the ancestry of the bowlers which came to the fore.
Here is a list of 5 such instances over the past 10 years when 20 or more than 20 wickets have fallen.
#1 Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, 2006
On a pitch which was tailor made for the bowlers, the hosts were 267 – 8 at the end of the first day, which was a well-appreciated total in the rather strategic conditions for the batsmen.
However, on the second day, the match drifted into frenetic mode as Mohammad Asif claimed the remaining wickets. However, Muralitharan then assumed center stage picking up 5 wickets for just 39 runs. The visitors then collapsed, losing their last eight wickets for just 49 runs
Lankans started their second innings with a lead of 109 runs but were thoroughly ambushed by an Asif spell, getting things down to giving away 8 wickets for just 73 runs, it was a sudden collapse.
All in all, a total of 20 wickets fell in the day’s play. Pakistan won the match by 8 wickets, thanks to the well appreciated and composed innings of Younus and Farhat.