Legendary Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga bowed out of the one-day internationals with a classical 91 runs victory over Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The curly-haired superstar once again starred for his side claiming three wickets to help Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead for the one last time in the ODIs.
Malinga retires from ODIs
Batting first, an outstanding century from Kusal Perera with significant contributions from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka post 314 runs on the board. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne gave an early impetus before Perera took off the blocks. Perera who had a mediocre World Cup, showed his class as he got supports from Mathews and Kusal Mendis to post a massive target on the board.
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Lasith Malinga, one of the finest Sri Lankan bowlers to have played the game, once again gave the host the early breakthrough removing both the openers early on while Nuwan Pradeep dismissed Mohammad Mithun to have Bangladesh at 30 for three. Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman tried their best to revive the innings with individual fifties but Sri Lankan bowlers chipped in with wickets at regular intervals before Lasith Malinga finished the proceedings to make his ending worth remembering.
One of the great limited-overs bowlers in his pomp, Lasith Malinga gained a reputation for delivering searing inswinging yorkers from a round-arm action as destructive as it was distinctive. That yorker, a deceptive slower ball, and an excellent bouncer formed the body of Malinga’s menace, while the action made his deliveries hard to pick up. His sheer passion for the game got him going for 15 years since making his debut in 2004. Malinga bows out with 338 ODI wickets to his name from 226 games to finish as the ninth highest wicket-taker in the fifty-overs format.
If I had to pick one match winner among many others for @mipaltan in the last decade, this man will be on the top for sure. As a captain he give me breather during tense situation and he never failed to deliver, such was his presence within the team. Best wishes LM for the future pic.twitter.com/gJJJKy8gL3
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 26, 2019
Classic Mali spell 🎯 Thank you for everything you've done for cricket. Always admired you and will always continue to do so 🤗.
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) July 26, 2019
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 26, 2019
As a 18 year old net bowler who I faced in Galla 2002 to the champion who’s going to walk out today for your last ODI game u have been true to your self. Champion a team mate and above all a good friend you have done… https://t.co/rBA0wULumu
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) July 26, 2019
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) July 26, 2019
Only Bowler to take 2 WC Hatricks, total 3 ODI hatricks, & a man who made so many aspirations and beliefs come true in young cricketers, that one can succeed & like how, even with an unconventional bowling action. One of the all time greats & a great ambassador, #ThankYouMalinga pic.twitter.com/5GAByLTqFv
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 26, 2019
Well played Lasith. You added a dimension to fast bowling that was as riveting as it was unusual. The legend of ‘Slinga Malinga’ will live long 👏👏👏
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 26, 2019
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 26, 2019
Malinga the SL Captain to win T20 world cup
Only Bowler to take 2 world cup Hatricks, total 3 ODI hatricks
— Alok Srivastava (@BrightBeast1) July 26, 2019
And Malinga finishes off in style 🔥 #ThankYouMalinga
GOAT Bowler💯 pic.twitter.com/hLShs1Z6AY
— Simran Randhawa (@Randhawa36_) July 26, 2019
Malinga Ended Odi Career With 338 Wickets
His Most Dismissals are
Watson – 6
Afridi – 5
Hafeez – 5
Guptill – 5
Tamim – 4*
Misbah – 4
Sachin – 4
Yuvraj – 4
De Kock – 4
Warner – 4
Sharjil – 4
Bresnan – 4
G Smith – 4#ThankYouMalinga
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) July 26, 2019
Started on 17/7/2004.
Ended on 26/7/2019.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 26, 2019