Lasith Malinga Takes Four Wickets in Four Balls
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 37 runs and wins the third match of the series at Pallekele. The Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga takes four wickets in four balls to claim the consolation victory after losing the first two matches of the series.
By striking first, the contributions of Danka Gunathilaka and the middle order – Niroshan Dickwell and Lahiru Madushanka helped them to score 125 points on the board. Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner reduced them after a good start, but the medium-term partnership broke the 100-point mark.
Malinga finished with figures of 5-6 in four overs. The 33-year-old may well experience the twilight of his career, but his flavour is still intact. Lasith Malinga can yet dismantle any unit of hitters in the world, and he proved it once again.
Defending 125 points, he reduced New Zealand to 23 for five, claiming all the wickets on its own. Malinga drew the first blood sacking Colin Munro in the third leg and then backed him three more times in the next three balls.
Lasith Malinga played four Yorkers, each becoming even more unplayable, and killing the fight here. With these four wickets, he made 100 T20I wickets and became the fastest to do so. Also, he is the only bowler to have scored five hat tricks. In 2007, Malinga scored four more wickets in four matches against South Africa in an ODI match.