Lasith Malinga Best Figures in ODI Cricket
Lasith Malinga retires from the one-day internationals after Sri Lanka claimed a stunning 91 runs victory over Bangladesh in Colombo on Friday (July 26th). The veteran rider came back with impressive numbers of 2/37 in his latest ODI to help Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh.
Malinga, who is well known for his fatal killers, will finish as Sri Lanka’s third-biggest wicket-taker in ODI with 338 wickets over 226 innings. He was also his team’s best wicket-taker at the 2019 World Cup – 13 wickets in seven innings. Malinga is also the only player to score two World Cup hat tricks, one against South Africa in 2007 and the other against Kenya in 2011. He has always been one of the most feared players in the history of world cricket.
Here below are some of the best figures by Lasith Malinga in ODIs
5.) 5/52 vs Pakistan, 2014
During the 2014 Asian Cup, Sri Lanka posted an impressive 296 on the board. During the pursuit in Pakistan, Malinga picked up 5 wickets, 2 of which were the big fish – Misbah Ul Haq and Shahid Afridi. He even won the Man of the Match award for this brilliant performance. Sri Lanka started the tournament with a crushing victory and eventually won the Asian Cup.
4.) 5/28 vs Australia, 2011
Sri Lanka hosted Australia for a five-game ODI series in 2011. The mighty Australians won the first two IDOs, but Sri Lanka bounced back by winning the third. Malinga made the breakthrough with Watson’s wicket, which scored only five of eight. He helped his team win by picking up five wickets and conceding 28 points.
3.) 4/43 vs England, 2019
In the 2019 World Cup match against a strong English team that had the home-field advantage, Sri Lanka was the underdog. Malinga’s fitness has also been questioned, but as they say, the form is temporary, but the class is permanent. He helped his team defend only 232 points by first eliminating openers James Vince and Jonny Bairstow, then placing the huge wickets of Joe Root and Jos Buttler in the middle. And rightly so, Sri Lanka recorded a 20-point victory.
2.) 4/54 vs South Africa, 2007
In their 2007 World Cup match against Sri Lanka, South Africa, 45/5 in 45th place, were trying to win and had only 210 points. With Jacques Kallis at one end, there were only 5 points left to win, but those points seemed far away, thanks to Malinga’s formidable spell. Malinga 4/54 complicated South Africa’s life towards the end, but managed to sneak behind the net.
1.) 5/56 vs. Pakistan, 2014
Lasith Malinga’s super fate against Pakistan in the 2014 Asian Cup final not only helped Sri Lanka win the tournament for the fifth time, but also the five wickets that fell in the Pak round belonged to him. He managed to dismiss Misbah-Ul-Haque’s experience and remove the dangerous Umar Akmal in the final, except for his three early breakthroughs that reduced their opponents to 18/3. Pakistan finished at 260/5 in its 50 outs and Sri Lanka chased it away.