Sri Lankan fast baller Lasith Malinga took his third One Day International hattrick today against Australia team. Previously Lasith had taken two hattricks and both of them were during the world cup matches. Lasith took his first hatrick back in 2007 against South Africa team. It was a “double hattrick” as he took four wickets in four consecutive deliveries.
During 2011 ICC Cricket world cup, Lasith Malinga took his second one day international hatrick against Kenya team in Sri Lanka. Earlier this year Malinga also took a hatrick in the IPL as well.
Lasith Malinga became the first player to take three One Day International hatricks and first player to take two hatricks in the same year. Lasith Malinga also hold the record to have two hattricks in world cup matches.
One could argue that Malinga has taken four ODI hat-tricks, as his first hat-trick was a double hat-trick, four wickets in four balls, against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup. When Xavier Doherty may have expected a yorker when he was facing the hat-trick ball. But Lasith Malinga’s two crushing yorker rattled Dohety’s middle stump.
Earlier in the day Lasith Malinga was unlucky when he got Shane Watson caught behind for a no ball. In the 45th over of Australia inning , they were heading for a competitive total with 210 for five wickets. Lasith Malinga’s first victim was Mitchel Johnson who was balled by a fast yorker. Next John Hasting could not put the bat for a low full toss and was given out LBW.
Malinga did not play in the two T20 matches and in the first One Day International match due to a back injury. Malinga only played last four One Day International and he took 11 wickets with an average of 11.45.
Lasith Malinga has already retired from Test cricket and I am sure Sri Lankan cricket fan will miss him during the test series against Australia.
You can watch the video highlights of Lasith Malinga’s hatrick HERE.
ational and he took 11 wickets with an average of 11.45.p.