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Malinga repeats what he did against South Africa 12 years ago

Malinga repeats what he did against South Africa 12 years ago”

New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme is bowled by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga for the hat-trick at Kandy. Sri Lankan captain Malinga has once again struck the Kiwi batsmen by eating havoc with his balls.

He also achieved a 4-for-4 in one-day internationals, against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup. Earlier this year, Rashid Khan took 4 in 4 against Ireland during a T20I which is only another instance of a double hat-trick for a player in Internationals.

After an exceptional performance in the last T20I against New Zealand, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga moved from 41st to 21st position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings updated on Saturday. "My best weapon is the inswinging yorker, so I thought of using that and he got out", he would say later, before elaborating how the same strategy also worked for batsmen on the other end of the experience and form spectrum - Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme. "But then, I am really happy that I could take four wickets in four balls in T20s as well, because I am playing in the latter part of my career".

Lasith Malinga took hat-trick for the fifth time in worldwide cricket.

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1 - Malinga became the first player to take two hat-tricks in T20I cricket.

It reduced the Black Caps to 15 for four and they were never able to recover. Yorker was my best ball, I only try my best to bowl the right line and right length.

Lasith Malinga has now become the first bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 cricket. "He's done it in the past, and it was a great spell from a class T20 bowler".

Legspinner Astle reaped three wickets himself in his first match of the tour, taking 3 for 28, while Southee maintained a typically outstanding economy rate of four through his full quota of overs. But much-needed cameos of Niroshan Dickwella (24) and Lahiru Madushanka (20) helped their side to set a target of 125 runs after 20 overs.



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