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Lasith Malinga picked a hat-trick and then went on to make it four wickets in four balls against New Zealand at Pallekele on Friday (September 6). Bowling with a new ball, Malinga picked out top five of the New Zealand batting line-up for his five-for, which also delivered him to 100 T20I wickets, a world record in itself, as was his fifth hat-trick in international cricket.
Here's the storyline of how Malinga achieved the rare feat on the night.
Sri Lanka had just put 125 on the board. Having won the toss for the third time in three games and opting to bat again, there was pressure on Sri Lanka to win this game. Their captain, Malinga, took the new ball and bowled a tight first over, hoping for some magic. And it arrived in his second over.
2.3 Malinga to Munro, out Bowled!! A 140-kph-ripper-of-a-yorker. He'd softened him up perfectly with the bumper, and now the killer blow's bang on target. Full, swinging in, and Munro - the flat-footed Munro - whips all around this one. And has his leg-stump cleared out. Also, the sling-champion has 100 T20I wickets, the most, EVER. Munro b Malinga 12(12) [4s-1 6s-1]
It should be noted that Malinga is 36, and speeds of 140 and beyond isn't quite something he regularly does, which is why his dismissal of Munro was special. Next was Rutherford, who had come into the side as a last-minute replacement of Tom Bruce, who was ruled out after failing a fitness test before the match. Little did Rutherford know that on his first limited-overs international in six years, he would last one ball.
2.4 Malinga to Rutherford, out Lbw!! Sri Lanka review the LBW. Malinga was convinced, and he doesn't get the umpire on his side, he immediately goes upstairs even before finishing his appeal. Okay, this is another inswinger, Rutherford's too new to be getting his flick right. Misses. And it swings back in from a middle-line just enough to stay in the three reds region. Rutherford lbw b Malinga 0(1)
Now comes the hat-trick ball. On strike is de Grandhomme, who would be awarded the Player of the Series award. He has had scores of 44 and 59 in the series already. Come the third T20I, he lasted just one ball. At work was another mean slinger from Malinga, going through his full-throttle attempt to keep the ball out. He expected a yorker, he played for a yorker, and it still beat him.
2.5 Malinga to de Grandhomme, out Bowled!! Yes. YES. The blonde magician has the rabbit out of his slingy hands. And Grandhomme's made himself into an absolute joke as he plays this out, or err, well, tries to. The usual - full, swinging in at first, but then all of a sudden pitches and then rips away past the poor man's just-squeeze-out-attempt. Hat-trick #1. Malinga knows a thing or two about celebrations, he does this one with a finger pointing to his name at the back of his shirt. Surely he doesn't need remember-the-name moments. de Grandhomme b Malinga 0(1)
Now was the moment. Can he make it four in four? Malinga has done that before. Against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, Malinga picked four in four wickets in a lost cause, but can he do it in a win here? Can he take Sri Lanka to a redeeming win in a dead rubber?
3.0 Malinga to Ross Taylor, out Lbw!! Dead. Plumb. WWWW. Quick, take a mental picture of this scorecard people, we're witnessing history. So Bumrah may've taken three in three in the Caribbean, but the master will trump the apprentice. He'll make it four in four. And with yet another brute of a yorker, so much so that even Taylor and all his experience can't keep it out. Smashes him flush on the front boot in front of middle. This is a joke, a very bad one on the Kiwis. Ross Taylor lbw b Malinga 0(1)
There was also an add-on wicket, Malinga's fifth. And it came off a ball which wasn't a yorker. Guess Malinga had bowled enough of them on the night. His figures at the end of this searing three-over spell were 3-1-5-5. He returned to bowl his final over, which was the 14th of the innings, and conceded just a run. His final figures: 4-1-6-5.
4.4 Malinga to Seifert, out Caught by Gunathilaka!! When yorker's don't do it, floaty half-vollies outside off will. A real bait ball, wide, full, begging to be driven. Seifert walks right into it, hoping to release the pressure with a flashy drive with zero feet movement. Gets a big fat edge, and it's right down the only fly slip's throat. You better pinch yourself, maybe even slap yourself, 5/3 is a reality. Seifert c Gunathilaka b Malinga 8(13) [4s-1]
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