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Kumble takes his 400th test wicket


BANGALORE, India -- India's Anil Kumble became the third spin bowler in test history to take 400 wickets on the opening day of the first test against Australia in Bangalore.

The 33-year-old wrist spinner achieved the feat in front of his home crowd when he bowled Simon Katich for 81 in the final session.

Three short of the milestone before the match, Kumble removed Damien Martyn for three and Darren Lehmann for 17 in quick succession during the afternoon.

Australia ended the day at 316 for five, with Michael Clarke not out 76.

Kumble, India's highest test wicket-taker after Kapil Dev (434), leapt in celebration after removing Katich before being embraced by his team mates amid deafening cheers from the crowd of around 25,000.

Sri Lanka off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, with 532, and Australia leg spinner Shane Warne, with 527, are the only slow bowlers to have taken more test wickets than Kumble.

Ninth in the overall standings, the Indian became the second bowler in test history - after England off spinner Jim Laker -- to claim 10 wickets in an innings with a return of 10 for 74 against Pakistan at New Delhi in 1999.

A proven match-winner at home, Kumble's 100th and 300th test wickets were also taken at the Chinnaswamy stadium.


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