IPL - Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga destroys Delhi

By Staff Writers

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Delhi Daredevils batsman Unmukt Chand during the IPL Twenty20 match between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on April 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA.

April 10, 2011 (Island Cricket): Sri Lanka's yorker specialist Lasith Malinga carried his brilliant World Cup form into the Mumbai Indians' first game of season-four of the Indian Premier League (IPL), today, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Malinga scalped 13 wickets at the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament at an average of 20.76, which included a hat-trick; his second in all World Cups.

The 27-year-old dismantled the Delhi Daredevils’ batting order, taking 5/13 in 3.4 overs, dismissing Virender Sehwag’s side for just 95 all-out.

Of his five scalps, Australian opening batsman David Warner was the first to go, in the second ball of Malinga’s first over - out to a fast in-swinging Yorker, which uprooted his stumps in spectacular fashion. Unmukt Chand followed a delivery later, also clean bowled.

After making early in-roads into the Delhi batting line up, Malinga returned in the 15th over to cause more carnage. He disturbed Venugopal Rao’s stumps with a swinging full toss and shortly after, in the same over, South African Morne Morkel failed keep out a toe-crusher, giving Malinga his fourth wicket – all of them clean bowled in spectacular fashion.

His fifth wicket highlighted the complete package that he is; Ashok Dinda was completely deceived by a slower ball on a good length, scooping the ball straight up in the air, giving Kiwi James Franklin an easy catch at mid-off.

Malinga’s 5/13 is currently the third best bowling figures in IPL history.

© Island Cricket


Saz's picture

I think u need 2 watch more cricket guys.he not only shows his superb performance in ipl,but also displays it in all game formats. U cannot say that he dosent performs under sangacara or is defensive.he is simply a diamond who shines in every light(i.e;every match)

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Also, the world cup is a 50over tournament where Malinga can use more of his variations like bouncers and slow balls etc. I think Sangakkara encourages him to vary his bowling because yorkers are the most demanding and straining on his action.
But in 20/20 he can just bowl yorkers all the time for only 4 overs because that is less demanding on his shoulder.

Does anyone know if he will play in the test series against England?

Anonymous's picture

Dear Editor

Mumbai Indians Highest Wicket Taker Mr Lasith Malinga has Receved an Empty Box With Out a Medal in it at the match at a time he was awarded the man of the match, when he ask the ipl officials about this matter they have refused answering the questions

please investigate in to this issue further

RAJU SINGH's picture


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