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Malinga lights up Pallekele with another 4 in 4

New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019 – 3rd T20

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A Lasith Malinga special sealed a special win by 37 runs in the final match of the T20I series between the visiting New Zealanders and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy.

Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga, who was still searching for his first win in 2019 as captain after 14 internationals (8 ODIs & 6 T20Is), won his 3rd consecutive toss in the series and opted to bat first once again, in the dead rubber.

Sri Lanka had to make two forced changes to the playing XI which played the 2nd T20I with Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya being ruled out. Danushka Gunathilaka and Lahiru Madushanka filled the gaps while the visitors made 3 swaps for Martin Guptill, Tom Bruce and Ish Sodhi in the form of Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor and Todd Astle.

Colin de Grandhomme steals the series away from Sri Lanka

Southee with Beautee

Kiwi skipper Tim Southee, as reliable as ever, delivered another brilliant spell up front with pin-point accuracy to restrict the Sri Lanka openers from making the maximum use of the powerplay.  His opening spell of 3 overs went for only 11 runs.

Tim Southee’s figures in the series
1st T20I 2/20 (4 overs)
2nd T20I 2/18 (4 overs)
3rd T20I 0/16 (4 overs)

Gunathilaka managed to sneak 4 boundaries in a Seth Rance over, but soon Southee decided to let the spinners unleash in the used Pallekele pitch.

Spin duo’s triple

The Sri Lanka batsmen struggled throughout the innings to read the Kiwi spinners as the top 6 batsmen fell before Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner’s mastery.  Once a weapon for islanders, now a deadly enemy of Sri Lanka, spin caused the early damage as both spinners picked 3 wickets each.

Astle’s googly produced all 3 wickets for him, deceiving Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando and Dasun Shanaka while Santner went on his usual business, with a combination of change of pace and arm balls.

Photos: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand | 3rd T20I

Sri Lanka vice-captain Nirosan Dickwella looked in a great touch in his short stay but he too fell for 24 runs after 3 quick boundaries. After a few lower order contributions by the lower order, Sri Lanka crawled past 100 to set a target of 126 runs for New Zealand.

With an easy chase at hand, the visitors started the innings all guns firing but little did they know, what was about to happen!

All Hail Lasith Malinga!

With only a few runs to defend, Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga needed to attack if Sri Lanka were to make any of this match, that is exactly what Malinga produced.

  • 2.3 – Thwack! Colin Munro departs.
  • 2.4 – Yorked him and reviewed! Hamish Rutherford came all the way from England just to be a part of history.
  • 2.5 – Rattled! Colin de Grandhomme’s stumps. Crowd erupts. Malinga roars. World stops.
  • 2.6 – Ouch! Apply some ice on your foot Ross Taylor, That’s 4 in 4 for the King. Again!

With Malinga’s magic Sri Lanka resurrected from an almost impossible position to have the hopes of a famous win. He later delivered again in the next over to complete a 5-fer by picking up the wicket of Tim Seifert. While doing the 4 in 4 act, Malinga also became the first cricketer to take 100 wickets in T20Is.

Record check -Lasith Malinga
  • Only player to get 100+ wickets in all three formats
  • Only player with 5 International hat tricks
  • Only player to have a 4-in-4 in both ODIs and T20Is
  • First bowler to 100 T20I wickets

Later the Akila Dananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga combo came to the party, sharing 3 wickets between them, reducing New Zealand to 9-52. A 36-run partnership for the 10th wicket mainly boosted by Tim Southee wasn’t enough for New Zealand to climb back from the early collapse as they were bundled out for 88.

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Result


Sri Lanka
125/8 (20)

New Zealand
88/10 (16)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Danushka Gunathilaka b Toodd Astle 30 25 4 0 120.00
Kusal Perera c Toodd Astle b Mitchell Santner 3 12 0 0 25.00
Avishka Fernando b Toodd Astle 6 12 1 0 50.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Colin Munro b Mitchell Santner 24 15 3 0 160.00
Lahiru Madushanka lbw b Mitchell Santner 20 23 1 0 86.96
Dasun Shanaka c Daryl Mitchell b Toodd Astle 7 6 1 0 116.67
Wanindu Hasaranga not out 14 10 0 0 140.00
Isuru Udana run out (Mitchell Santner) 2 4 0 0 50.00
Akila Dananjaya b Scott Kuggeleijn 0 2 0 0 0.00
Lasith Malinga not out 6 11 0 0 54.55


Extras 13 (b 1 , lb 8 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)
Total 125/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.25)
Fall of Wickets 1-31 (4.1) Kusal Perera, 2-39 (6.4) Avishka Fernando, 3-50 (8.5) Danushka Gunathilaka, 4-77 (12.2) Niroshan Dickwella, 5-98 (14.5) Dasun Shanaka, 6-101 (15.4) Lahiru Madushanka, 7-109 (16.6) Isuru Udana, 8-109 (17.2) Akila Dananjaya,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Tim Southee 4 0 16 0 4.00
Seth Rance 3 0 29 0 9.67
Mitchell Santner 4 1 12 3 3.00
Scott Kuggeleijn 4 0 21 0 5.25
Toodd Astle 4 0 28 3 7.00
Colin de Grandhomme 1 0 10 0 10.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Colin Munro b Lasith Malinga 12 12 1 1 100.00
Tim Seifert ( c Danushka Gunathilaka b Lasith Malinga 8 13 1 0 61.54
Hamish Rutherford lbw b Lasith Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
Colin de Grandhomme b Lasith Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
Ross Taylor lbw b Lasith Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
Daryl Mitchell run out (Wanindu Hasaranga) 6 7 0 0 85.71
Mitchell Santner st Kusal Perera b Akila Dananjaya 16 15 1 0 106.67
Scott Kuggeleijn b Akila Dananjaya 0 1 0 0 0.00
Tim Southee not out 28 23 0 3 121.74
Toodd Astle lbw b Wanindu Hasaranga 3 5 0 0 60.00
Seth Rance lbw b Lakshan Sandakan 8 17 0 0 47.06


Extras 7 (b 0 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)
Total 88/10 (16 Overs, RR: 5.5)
Fall of Wickets 1-15 (2.3) Colin Munro, 2-15 (2.4) Hamish Rutherford, 3-15 (2.5) Colin de Grandhomme, 4-15 (2.6) Ross Taylor, 5-23 (4.4) Tim Seifert (, 6-46 (8.1) Daryl Mitchell, 7-46 (8.2) Scott Kuggeleijn, 8-47 (8.4) Mitchell Santner, 9-88 (15.6) Seth Rance,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Lasith Malinga 4 1 6 5 1.50
Akila Dananjaya 4 0 28 2 7.00
Lakshan Sandakan 4 0 33 1 8.25
Danushka Gunathilaka 1 0 7 0 7.00
Wanindu Hasaranga 3 0 12 1 4.00