Lasith Malinga breaks Wasim Akram’s record

Sri Lanka quick Lasith Malinga, who picked up four wickets in four balls against New Zealand, has jumped 20 places to No.21 on the latest ICC Men’s T20I Rankings for Bowlers.

Malinga, who became the first bowler to capture four wickets in four successive balls in both ODIs and T20Is, finished with figures of 4-1-6-5. It was his fifth hat-trick overall in international cricket.

He became the first man to reach 100 T20I wickets (Australia’s Ellyse Perry was the first overall) when he clean bowled Colin Munro with a trademark 140kph in-swinging yorker in his second over of Friday’s match. He surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi’s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker.

That prompted an incredible passage of play, with Malinga trapping Hamish Rutherford (an enforced call-up after the Black Caps suffered a string of injuries) lbw with his next ball, before sealing the hat-trick when Colin de Grandhomme also had his stumps rattled.

Sri Lanka’s cricketer Lasith Malinga (C) celebrates a hat-trick. Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI /  AFP / Getty Images

The speedster wasn’t done there, firing in another pinpoint yorker to the experienced Ross Taylor, smashing him on the toe for another lbw to make it four in four.

Rookie keeper Tim Seifert ensured it wasn’t a triple hat-trick the following over, though he soon gave Malinga a second T20I five-wicket haul when he edged a wide one to fly slip.

Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga also went past Pakistan’s former captain Wasim Akram to become the only bowler to claim five international hat-tricks. Akram previously held the record for most hat-tricks (4) across formats.

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Malinga, who once achieved a similar feat in the 2007 50-over World Cup in South Africa, also took the wicket of Tim Seifert, for eight, to register his second five-wicket haul and take his T20 tally to 104.

The veteran, who retired from Test cricket in 2011 and played his farewell one-day international (ODI) in July, has competition from Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan who has 88 wickets.

Malinga’s Haul of Hat-Tricks:

No.1 v South Africa, 2007 World Cup (Georgetown)

Shaun Pollock (bowled), Andrew Hall (caught), Jacques Kallis (caught behind), Makhaya Ntini (b)

No.2 v Kenya, 2011 World Cup (Colombo)

Tanmay Mishra (lbw), Peter Ongondo (b), Shem Ngoche (b)

No.3 v Australia, 2011 fifth ODI (Colombo)

Mitchell Johnson (b), John Hastings (lbw), Xavier Doherty (b)

No.4 v Bangladesh, 2017 second T20I (Colombo)

Mushfiqur Rahim (b), Mashrafe Mortaza (b), Mehedi Hasan (lbw)

No.5 v New Zealand, 2019 third T20I (Kandy)

Colin Munro (b), Hamish Rutherford (lbw), Colin de Grandhomme (b), Ross Taylor (lbw)

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