Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga starred as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 37 runs to finish the three-match series on a high in Pallekele. The Sri Lankan legend claimed four wickets from four balls to set up the consolation win after losing the first two matches of the series.
Batting first, contributions from opener Danishka Gunathilaka and in the middle order- Niroshan Dickwell and Lahiru Madushanka helped them post a challenging total of 125 runs on the board. Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner reduced them after a good start but the partnership in the middle-order helped to cross the 100-run mark.
Malinga finished with figures of five for six in the full quota including a maiden. The 33-year-old might be nearing the twilight of his career but the flavour is still intact. Lasith Malinga still can dismantle any batting unit across the world and he proved it once again.
Defending 125 runs, he reduced New Zealand to 23 for five claiming all the wickets single-handedly. Malinga drew the first blood dismissing Colin Munro in the third over and then backed it wicket another three in the next three balls.
Lasith Malinga bowled four yorkers, each one getting all the more unplayable, and killing the contest right there. With these four wickets, he completed 100 T20I wickets and became the fastest to achieve so. Moreover, he is the only bowler to scale five hat-tricks. In 2007, Malinga scaled another four wickets in four matches against South Africa in an ODI game.
History maker #Malinga. Simply amazing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 6, 2019
The great #LasithMalinga. Still has it. 4 in 4 again! May he just keep playing…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 6, 2019
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) September 6, 2019
Unbelievable! Four wickets in four balls for Lasith Malinga. Four of the top five batsmen in bating order. That's his 5th hat-trick in international cricket, the most by any bowler. #SLvNZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 6, 2019
Walking back after a hatrick .. 4 in 4 ??? MALINGA 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/i6JWRiPIgV
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) September 6, 2019
Unplayable stuff. https://t.co/MnXWkBmoFW
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) September 6, 2019
Took his 100th t20 wicket, picked up a hatrick, record of 4 consecutive wickets and 5 wickets haul for just 5 runs. That too with a big tummy and 36 years of age.
Fkn BEAST #Malinga pic.twitter.com/s4DgKdR3Rt
— Super Maan (@ZameerMaan) September 6, 2019
— Hasan fasih (@ItsHasanfasih) September 6, 2019
Vintage Malinga 🐐!! You will never see a better over in cricket than this one! Four wickets in Four bowls again! 5th Hatricks in International cricket and the leading wicket taker in T20 cricket! He might pull off a 6 wicket maiden before he retires! 😮 #Malinga #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/gYhWz0DASx
— Chamal Mediwaka (@chamalm) September 6, 2019
— Megha Jain🇮🇳 (@i_meghajain) September 6, 2019
— joey (@fahadyousuff) September 6, 2019