Lasith Malinga, who is the dawn of his cricketing career has not lost his flavour yet. He was once again at his task in the third T20I against New Zealand where he claimed four wickets in four balls to stage Sri Lanka’s win in the three-match T20I series.
Batting first, Sri Lanka managed to post 125runs on the board. Danushka Gunathilaka gave the host a flying start taking on Seth Rance with the new ball. He struck the ball hard to bring some early boundaries before left-arm spinner Mitchell Starc provide the first breakthrough.
The wicket opened up the gates for New Zealand as Todd Astle capitalised the conditions on offer to reduce Sri Lanka to 50 for three. But contributions from the middle-order- Niroshan Dickwell and Lahiru Madushanka helped them post a challenging total of 125 runs on the board.
While many thought New Zealand will walk away with the series convincingly, Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga had plans in his mind. He bowled a tremendous first over to set things before setting the ground on fire in the third over.
Malinga claimed four wickets from four deliveries to wreak havoc in the Black Caps batting-order. Meanwhile, this is not the first time for the 36-year-old Lasith Malinga in the limited-overs cricket. In the 2007 World Cup, he bagged four scalps from consecutive deliveries against South Africa.
The Slinga Malinga drew the first blood getting better of Colin Munro in the third delivery of the third over. The right-arm pacer then backed it up with three wickets from the next three balls to dismiss Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme, and Ross Taylor to scale the emphatic landmark.
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