Lasith Malinga strikes a hat-trick as he becomes the first bowler to take 100 T20 wickets
On Friday, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga strikes hat-trick and becomes the first international Twenty20 bowler to claim 100 wickets when he hit four-times with four balls in the third match against New Zealand.
Malinga, surpassed Pakistan’s 97 wickets record of Shahid Afridi, to become the leading wicket-taker in the T20 on Sunday, defeated Colin Munro by 12 to claim a century of wickets in his 76th match.
The 36-year-old sprinter completed a hat-trick and took four wickets in four balls. Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor followed Munro to the pavilion.
Malinga, who once achieved a similar feat at the World Cup in South Africa aged over 50 in 2007, also took Tim Seifert’s position by eight to record a five-wicket course and take his T20 account to 104.
The veteran sprinter, who withdrew from cricket Test in 2011 and played his international one-day farewell in July, has competition from Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh which has 88 wickets.
Afridi, a leg spinner that also captained Pakistan, played 99 T20 matches before his last international outing last year.
Malinga, known for his deadliest Yorkers bowling with his slingshot action, made his T20 debut against England in 2006. It has 101 wickets of 30 tests and 338 Wickets to his name in 226 ODI games.