Sri Lanka secures a 37 run victory in the 3rd and final T-20 against New Zealand

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Sri Lanka secured a 37 run victory in the 3rd and final T-20 played against New Zealand, at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, yesterday.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 125 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
This seemed an easy target for New Zealand; however, daunted by the bowling skill of the Sri Lanka side, four of their batsmen were bowled out, without even scoring a single run, whilst 8 batsmen were able to score not more than 10 runs, restricting their innings to 88 runs in 16 overs.

Lasith Malinga yesterday became the first bowler in T-20-Internationals to claim 100 wickets, as he struck four times with four balls.

Malinga – the 36-year-old speedster – completed the hat-trick of taking four wickets in four balls, and saw Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor follow Munro to the pavilion.

Malinga achieved a similar feat in 2007, in the 50-over World Cup in South Africa.
Known for bowling yorkers with his slinging action, he made his T20 debut against England in 2006.
He has 101 wickets from 30 Tests and 338 scalps in 226 ODI games.

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