Lasith Malinga ripped through New Zealand’s top order using an astonishing four wickets as Sri Lanka triumphed in Pallekele.
Malinga became the only bowler to capture the feat in international cricket – having taken four in four at the World Cup from South Africa in 2007.
Only one player has matched the Sri Lanka skipper’s accomplishment in T20 internationals – Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, that eliminated four Ireland batsmen in as many deliveries before this year.
As the Black Caps were bowled out for 88, chasing Sri Lanka’s seemingly modest total of 125-8 malinga finished with characters of 5-6.
The carnage started when Malinga knocked Colin Munro’s leg stump back to assert his 100th T20I wicket – along with , three balls later, his tally stood at 103.
Before Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme cleaned to depart the response of New Zealand in 15-4 in tatters hamish Rutherford was given out lbw on inspection.
Malinga soon completed his five-for by having Tim Seifert caught at slip along with the traffic collapsed completely when they lost another 3 wickets in four deliveries, a run-out followed by two for Akila Dananjaya (2-28).
However, Sri Lanka’s 37-run victory was just a consolation victory, with New Zealand having already won the first two matches to take the series 2-1.

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