Jul 27, 2019

Malinga thanks Mahinda ; Bids adieu in disgruntlement with team & country! Featured

Lasith Malinga retired from one-day internationals after Sri Lanka registered 91-run win over Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday in the first of their 3 ODI matches against Bangladesh.

After the match, Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga bid farewell to international cricket.

In his farewell speech he thanked the coach who brought him into the international stage, former fast bowler Champaka Ramanayake and presented him a memento in a show of gratitude.

He also thanked the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Dr. Eliyantha White for having helped him during his injuries on two occasions.

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Sri Lanka having won the toss in the day-night match and elected to bat first. Kusal Janith made a significant contribution making 111 runs in 99 balls.

Angelo Mathews scored 48 runs while Kusal Mendis contributed with 43 runs to boost Sri Lanka’s runs.

Shaiful Ismal obtained three wickets for 62.

At the end of the 50 overs, Sri Lanka had posted 314 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

Lasith Malinga and the rest of the Sri Lankan bowlers crushed the Bangladesh batting, while Malinga snatched the first wicket in the very first over amidst the roaring cheers of the crowd.

Nuwan Pradeep Roshan gave Lasith Malinga ample support having obtained three wickets and in the face of the fierce Sri Lankan bowling, five Bangladeshi batsmen could not make it past the ten run mark.

Sabir Rahman scored 60 runs for the Bangladeshi’s and Mushfikur Rahim scored 67.

However, Bangladesh lost 9 wickets for 200 runs, while Lasith Malinga clinched the last Bangladesh wicket at 223 runs.

Malinga obtaine three wickets in yesterday’s match in his total of 338 wickets during his 15 year ODI career.

Malinga is the only bowler in the world to obtain three hat-tricks and is in 9th place in the world rankings.

Lasith Malinga is the third highest wicket taking bowler in the country after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vass.

Malinga to reside in Australia

Following the World Cup tour Malinga had gone to Australia with his family and intends to settle there.

It is also said that Malinga plans to take up a position as the coach in Australia upon his migration.