Lasith Malinga second T20I hat-trick seals Sri Lanka consolation win

Lasith Malinga claimed his second T20 hat-trick and seals Sri Lanka’s consolation win

Sri Lankan best bowler Lasith Malinga claimed four wickets in four balls for the second time in his career as he also claimed Second T20 Hat-trick to lead Sri Lanka to a 37-runs consolation victory over New Zealand in the third Twenty20 international on Friday.

Malinga returned the best figures of 5-6 in his career to group New Zealand, which won the series 2-1, by 88 while chasing 126 in Kandy.

Malinga, 36, knocked Colin Munro down 12 on the third ball of his second over to become the first T20 bowler to claim 100 wickets when the demolition of Kiwi batting began.

Malinga then sent Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor back to the pavilion in balls four, as he lifted the roof in front of a noisy crowd. New Zealand went down to 15 runs for four.

It’s only the third time a bowler had taken four wickets in the same amount of balls in international matches, after Malinga himself against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup and Rashid Khan of Afghanistan earlier this year.

Lasith Malinga has five hat-tricks in international cricket career to his name, with three in international one-day and two on T20I.

Malinga, who surpassed the total of 97 leading wickets of Pakistan’s spinner Shahid Afridi to become the international leader of wicket T20 on Sunday, returned on his third over spell to get Tim Seifert for eight and record his second five-wicket tour T20Is.

The veteran sprinter, who retired from cricket Test in 2011 and played his international one-day farewell in July, has improved his T20 count to 104 wickets in 76 matches.

Akila Dananjaya backed his captain’s effort with two wickets while Lakshan Sandakan concluded victory in 16 overs after catching Seth Rance lbw by eight. New Zealand captain Tim Southee remained undefeated on the 28th.

Previously, spinners Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle shared three wickets each to keep Sri Lanka at 125 by eight after the hosts chose to bat first.

Santner returned impressive bowling figures from 3-12 of his four overs, including a maiden with his left arm turn.

The first match, Danushka Gunathilaka, scored high with 30 before falling to Astle’s leg turn when Sri Lanka lost its way after the power play.

Sri Lankan Wicketkeeper-batsman scored Niroshan Dickwella (24), Lahiru Madushanka (20) and Wanindu Hasaranga (14) were the only other local players to reach double figures.

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