The test win for South Africa against Sri Lanka in the first test at Galle saw Dale Steyn not just ripping through the Sri Lankan batting line-up but also saw the South African surpass many records enroute to his 9 wickets for 99 runs in the first test.

This is also the best bowling performance by a South African in Test match versus Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. In fact, no other fast bowler has done as well in a Test played at Galle than the heroics produced by Dale Steyn. The South African broke a 13-year old record set by West Indian Courtney Walsh with 77 wickets in Asia by a bowler from outside the sub-continent.

Steyn also became the first non-Asian fast bowler to complete 80 wickets at an average of 22.17 in 16 Tests. Steyn and his partner-in-crime Morne Morkel, who picked up 16 of the 20 host wickets also became the most by a visiting fast-bowling pair in a Test match in Sri Lanka.

Here are the top 10 wicket-takers in Test cricket in Asia from outside the sub-continent: 

Player Country Matches Wickets Average
Dale Steyn South Africa 16 80 22.17
Courtney Walsh West Indies 17 77 20.53
Glenn McGrath Australia 19 72 23.02
Malcolm Marshall West Indies 19 71 23.05
Sir Richard Hadlee New Zealand  13 68 21.58
Shaun Pollock South Africa 17 60 23.18
Jason Gillespie Australia 14 54 23.75
Wes Hall West Indies 11 54 20.05
Matthew Hoggard England 14 50 28.22
Andy Roberts West Indies 9 49 21.53

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