On this present day: Lasith Malinga takes four wickets in four balls towards South Africa


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Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga despatched shivers down the spines of the South Africans on March 28, 2007, in a Tremendous Eight match of the 2007 World Cup when he took 4 wickets in a row in the direction of the top of their innings.

South Africa had been cruising in the direction of what may have been a five-wicket win when Malinga began bowling the 45th over. Sri Lanka had been all out for simply 209 runs and South Africa had been 200/5 at the beginning of that over with legendary all-rounders Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock within the center. Kallis was on 85 off 108 balls whereas Pollock had taken his time getting his eye in, scoring seven runs off 19 balls.

Pollock hit a 4 of the second ball of the over after which took two of the fourth to scale back the deficit to 4 runs wanted from 32 balls. This was when Malinga began weaving his magic on the match.

He first dismissed Pollock with a slower ball after which acquired Andrew Corridor caught at cowl with a yorker off the final ball of the over. Chaminda Vaas then gave away only one run within the subsequent over after which Malinga got here again to take Kallis off the very first ball of the 47th over.

That accomplished his hat-trick however he wasn’t carried out but. Malinga flung in one other searing yorker at Makhaya Ntini who missed it utterly and the ball crashed on to the stumps. South Africa went from 206/5 to to 208/9 and went from a place of consolation to being on the cusp of shedding the match inside two overs.

Malinga would have made it 5 out of 5 in addition to he beat Charl Langeveldt’s exterior edge with one other yorker size supply the very subsequent ball. The South Africans in some way survived the over and the subsequent one earlier than Robin Petersen hit a 4 off Malinga within the 49th over to take the Proteas over the road.

Malinga would repeat the feat over a decade later in a T20I towards New Zealand in 2019. This time, nonetheless, it was at the beginning of the Kiwis’ innings and so they had been all out for 88 in consequence regardless of chasing a goal of 126.



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