Second World Cup hat-trick for Malinga
BANGALORE, India (AP):
Test-playing nations continued to dominate smaller teams at the World Cup yesterday when Sri Lanka hammered Kenya by nine wickets, with Lasith Malinga becoming the first man to take two hat-tricks in the competition.
Four years after the fast bowler took four wickets from four balls against South Africa, Malinga marked his first appearance at this year's World Cup with career-best figures of 6-38 as Sri Lanka bowled out Kenya for 142 in Colombo.
Malinga trapped Tanmay Mishra lbw off the last delivery of his seventh over before clean bowling Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche off successive deliveries at the start of his next.
Not content with the hat-trick, Malinga claimed his fourth wicket in six deliveries when he clean bowled last man Elijah Otieno with a yorker.
Sri Lanka then reached their target in 18.4 overs for a second win from three Group A matches, bouncing back in style from Saturday's 11-run loss to Pakistan and thrilling the partisan crowd at R. Premadasa Stadium.
Hat-trick from malinga
Malinga showed no signs of the back strain which had prevented him from competing in Sri Lanka's first two games, taking a hat-trick just a day after the West Indies' Kemar Roach took the first at this year's tournament.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 44 in Sri Lanka's reply, said: "He's the main attacking bowler we have and unfortunately he missed the first two matches.
"He's come back and done the job for Sri Lanka. It's great to have Lasith Malinga in the team."
Malinga was meanwhile just relieved to be out and performing again.
"I am happy that I don't have any injuries," he said.
For Kenya, it was another bitterly disappointing night, with only half-centuries from brothers Collins (52) and David Obuya (51) lifting the gloom with a 94-run stand for Kenya's third wicket.
"Once they got out, we crumbled again," Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande said. "It's like a habit for us now, one bowler gets more than four or five (wickets) every game that we have played in the tournament."
The International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to trim the tournament from 14 to 10 teams for 2015 begins to look less controversial after Kenya's third heavy beating of the competition.
While the Kenyans are looking at an early exit after also losing by 10 wickets to New Zealand and 205 runs to Pakistan, the Netherlands and Canada have also taken big losses.
However, Ireland will get the perfect chance to boosting the ICC Associate nations' standing when they take on England today. Victory could also strengthen Ireland's case with the ICC for full Test status.