Watch: Lasith Malinga picks up 4 wickets in 4 balls for the 2nd time in his career to singlehandedly swing the favour in Sri Lanka’s side vs New Zealand.
Sri Lanka have not had the best of run in the series against New Zealand at home. The Kiwi’s have rolled to a 2-0 lead and are looking to end the series with a whitewash. However, Lankan Skipper Lasith Malinga may have just played spoilsport.
Lasith Malinga had earlier stated that the results did not matter as long as the team shows character. However, he must have been disappointed with his team for only managing 125 in their 20 allotted overs. There was only one way for Sri Lanka to stay in the match and that was by taking wickets.
Lasith Malinga is somewhat of an expert in that department and being their senior most player he took charge of putting dents in the Kiwi batting line up. The slinger was only one wicket away from becoming the first bowler to breach the 100-wicket mark in T20 Internationals and he did so in style.
Watch: Lasith Malinga picks up 4 wickets in 4 balls for the 2nd time in his career!
New Zealand were 15 for no loss after 14 balls. A steady start chasing a small target. They didn’t have to take any risk. Playing out the whole 20 overs would guarantee them the win and play sensibly they did. Or at least they tried. However, when Malinga is at his elements, you can only hope that the ball misses the wickets because there is very little one can do about it.
Lasith Maling put the brakes on the Kiwi innings by not taking one or two wickets but 4 wickets in 4 balls and this isn’t even the first time he’s done it. He’s done this previously against South Africa in the 2007 world cup.
In the process he has become the first bowler to take 100 T20I wickets and the first to take 2 hat-tricks.
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His 3 overs have so far yielded 5 runs and 5 wickets with a maiden to boot. New Zealand are currently reeling at 47/8 and look set to conceded defeat to a buoyant Lankan side. With victory all but guaranteed, Malinga has once again reminded the world of his championship caliber; lest someone had forgotten it.
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