Muttiah Muralitharan will have to wait a little longer in his attempt to capture 800 Test wickets as Sri Lanka posted 256-2 on day one of the first Test with India (Sri Lanka 3.15 with Betfair to win Test).
The 38-year-old off-spinner has announced that the current Test against the Indians will be his last five-day match and he needs another eight wickets to reach the magic milestone.
The popular bowler is already the world record holder for Test victims but would love to go out on a high and post an incredible total of 800 as he waves goodbye to the longest version of the game.
But Murali will not mind spending time in the pavilion at Galle International Stadium as he watched, first, skipper Kumar Sangakkara and then Tharanga Paranavitana reach three figures on an excellent day for the hosts.
Sangakkara was eventually dismissed for 103 but Paranavitana will continue unbeaten on 110 on day two along with Mahela Jayawardene, who has eight to his name.
The other man out on Sunday was Tillakaratne Dilshan, who hit six fours and a single before falling to Abhimanyu Mithum for 25.
Sangakkara will be looking for the rest of his batsmen to push on and accelerate the scoring on Monday and it may be that Murali gets his first bowl towards the close of play on day two (India 24.0 with Betfair to win match).
The majority of the cricketing world would love to see the jovial spinner reach the landmark before he concentrates his efforts on one-day and twenty20 cricket.