Sri Lanka's Malinga takes four wickets in four balls

Sri Lanka and New Zealand will lock horns in the 3rd T20I match of New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2019 on September 6 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.

The 36-year-old Malinga bowled Colin Munro for 12 on the third ball of his second over to become the first T20 bowler to claim 100 wickets as he began his demolition of the Kiwi batting. New Zealand has already clinched the series after winning both the T20Is by the margins of five and four wickets respectively.

Malinga had dismissed Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini but it was all in vain as South Africa clinched a last-gasp win. Even after posting a below-par target of 125 runs in the thrilling nail-biter, Sri Lanka won the match by 37 runs.

He now has 5 hat-tricks in worldwide cricket to his title, with three in one-day internationals and two in T20Is. "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".

He also went past Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram and created a new record of most number of hat-tricks in ODI cricket.

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It reduced the Black Caps to 15 for four and they were never able to recover.

Akila Dananjaya backed up his captain's effort with two wickets while Lakshan Sandakan wrapped up the win in 16 overs after trapping Seth Rance lbw for eight. "I want to control the game as soon as I get the ball to my hand", said Malinga.

Out came Malinga's trademark yorker, and the stumps were skittled, but as Sri Lanka celebrated wildly, de Grandhomme was told to halt his slow trudge off the park as the umpires checked for a no-ball. He now has two T20 hat-tricks, which no one has done.

He finished with telling figures of 5/6 in four overs. Now once again he has done this feat in the shortest format of cricket. He got his career's second T20I hat trick and fifth global hat-trick with that.

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