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Historic ten for Kumble.

Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble wrote himself a place in cricket history when he took all 10 Pakistani second innings wickets to lead the hosts to a series-levelling victory in Delhi.

Kumble emulated Englishman Jim Laker's feat against Australia 43 years ago, finishing with 10-74 from 26.3 overs as India routed Pakistan by 212 runs in the second Test to square the short two-match series.

Laker took 10-53 in the Manchester Test in 1956, finishing with 19 wickets in the match.

Kumble, a 28-year-old computer engineer, proved un-playable on the dusty Ferozeshah Kotla track, providing a sensational finish to Pakistan's first Test series on Indian soil in 12 years.

Wasim Akram's Pakistan, chasing a mammoth victory target of 420, had no answer to Kumble's guile and were shot out for 207 an hour after tea on the fourth day.

``It's a dream, an honour to get all 10,'' Kumble said after being named man of the match by referee Cammie Smith of the West Indies.

``I knew I had to bowl straight to be successful on this wicket. I kept a good line and it all worked out in the end."

In his moment of glory, the modest bowler paid handsome tribute to his teenage spinning partner Harbhajan Singh and seamers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.

``I don't think I would have got there without their support,'' Kumble said.

Top Ten Of All Time

10-53 - Jim Laker, England v Australia at Manchester in 1956.

10-74 - Anil Kumble, India v Pakistan at Delhi in 1999.

9-28 - George Lohmann, England v South Africa at Johannesburg in 1895-96.

9-37 - Jim Laker, England v Australia at Manchester in 1956.

9-52 - Richard Hadlee, New Zealand v Australia at Brisbane in 1985-86.

9-56 - Abdul Qadir, Pakistan v England at Lahore in 1987-88.

9-57 - Devon Malcolm, England v South Africa at The Oval in 1994.

9-65 - Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka v England at The Oval in 1998.

9-69 - JM Patel, India v Australia at Kanpur in 1959-60.

9-83 - Kapil Dev, India v West Indies at Ahmedabad in 1983-84.
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Date:Feb 8, 1999
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