Lasith Malinga Set New Record in T20 Internationals, Surpasses Pakistani All-rounder Shahid Afridi
Sri Lanka’s best depth bowler Lasith Malinga set the New Record in T20 internationals with his 99th wickets to his name in the first match against New Zealand by beating Pakistani All-rounder Shahid Afridi record for most wickets in T20 internationals of 98-wickets.
Malinga recently retires from One day International in July 2019 while from the Cricket Test he retired in 2011. He equalizes the record of 98 wickets by claiming Colin Munro’s wicket in the first over of New Zealand’s inning to chase down the target.
The 36-year-old, Toe-breaker Lasith Malinga then cleaned Colin de Grandhomme, for 44-runs, to achieve the new World Record in the 74th T20 match of his illustrious career.
Afridi, Pakistan’s Spin player, also former skipper of Pakistan, played 99 T20 matches claiming 98-wickets to his name.
However, skipper Latish Malinga’s effort was not enough as Ross Taylor hit 48 of 29-balls to help Kiwi’s win by five wickets and lead the three-game series 1-0.
Malinga returned 2-23 figures of his four overs spell.
The veteran sprinter gave away just eight runs of his first three overs, but his fourth and 19th innings cost 15 races to let the Black Caps escape with the game.
Malinga, known to toe-breaking Yorkers with his throwing action, made his T20 debut against England in 2006 and has 101 wickets of 30 tests and 338 hairs in 226 ODI games.