South Africa’s pack leader Dale Steyn has claimed an unwanted record against Sri Lanka. The veteran fast-bowler went wicketless in the second innings against the Lions on day three of the second ongoing Test match in Colombo.

In fact, Steyn had gone wicketless in the first innings too with Keshav Maharaj, bagging nine wickets.

Therefore, it is the first time in Steyn’s career he went wicketless in his long career spread over 88 Test matches.

Steyn had levelled with legendary Shaun Pollock as leading wicket-getter for South Africa in the first Test with 421 scalps.

Dale Steyn.
Dale Steyn. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, as Steyn could not take any wickets in the final Test match, he remained level with the former South African skipper. Thus, the speedster will have to wait a bit longer – to get the tag of the highest wicket-taker for the Proteas.

Meanwhile, Steyn is making a comeback from an injury layoff. In fact, Steyn has been mostly been out of the action due to the spate of injuries he has dealt with in the recent past.

Dale Steyn is one of the best modern era fast bowlers. However, the continuous injuries have put his game on the backfoot.

Interestingly, he held the numero uno position in the ICC Test Rankings from 2008 to 2015.

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On the other hand, South Africa has their backs against the wall once again in the Test series. They are currently staring at a possible ignominious defeat against Sri Lanka.

The tourists were 139 for five at the end of day three of the second Test match. The Proteas require another 351 runs to make the almost impossible comeback. Realistically, the hosts are five wickets away from bagging the series 2-0.

South Africa has put on a dismal performance as they have struggled to get going against Sri Lankan spinners.