SL vs BAN 2017, 2nd T20I: Lasith Malinga Rattles Bangladesh With His Maiden T20I Hattrick
Speedster Lasith Malinga rattled Bangladesh with his first T20I hat trick during the 2nd T20I at the RPS stadium, Colombo.
The right-arm fast bowler snapped the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehedi Hasan Miraz off successive deliveries to complete the spectacular feat.
The hat-trick, which also happens to Malinga’s 4th international hat-trick, took place in the 19th over of the match off the 3rd, 4th and 5th deliveries respectively.
Bangladesh, at the end of 18 overs were at a comfortable 166/5 and ready to press the accelerator when the penultimate overturned into a nightmare.
Middle order men Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim were at the crease when Malinga took the ball and prepared for the run-up. The first ball of the over saw Mahmudullah change the strike with Rahim who added a double off the second ball to retain the strike.
The third ball of the over, however, turned out to be the last for Mushfiqur, as Malinga outfoxed him with a slow off – cutter. The wicket-keeper batsman tried to slog sweep but eventually saw his stumps dislodged.
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, playing in his last T20I, walked in next. Fans expected a short from their departing hero to make his last batting appearance memorable.
However, Malinga spoiled the moment forever, as he gifted Mashrafe a golden duck in his farewell game. A full in – dipping slower one was all that was required to uproot the middle stumps.
Next victim in line was debutant Mehedi Hasan Miraz. The teenager was quite impressive with the bat in the Test format but T20I was meant to be different.
However, Malinga sent him for a golden duck on his debut, after the right-hander failed to read a slower one again and got himself trapped leg before wicket.
Mohammad Saifuddin played out the last delivery of the over for a single. Malinga, who also has the record of snapping four wickets of four deliveries in the ODI format, was denied the chance to repeat the rare feat.
Bangladesh managed six runs in the final over from Kulasekara to end on 176/9.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. The top order, which failed in the first T20I clicked this time and gave a good start. The first half of the innings belonged to the batting side before the hosts began to slow the scoring rate with regular strikes.
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