Malinga Hat-trick Piles More Misery onto Hapless Kenya

17:19, March 02, 2011      

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Malinga 'the slinger' took 6-38 for Sri Lanka as they crushed Kenya to go top of Group A.(Global Times Photo)

Sri Lankan slingshot Lasith Malinga became the first man to claim two World Cup hat tricks on Tuesday evening during a sensational six-wicket destruction of Kenya.

The 27-year-old, who famously took four wickets in four balls against South Africa in the 2007 tournament, finished with 6-38 as Kenya were bowled out for 142, struggling under a barrage of yorkers and trademark Malinga toe-crushers.

Malinga had Tanmay Mishra lbw with the final ball of the 42nd over and then clean-bowled Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche with the first two of the 44th to complete his hat trick.

Malinga, who had earlier dismissed opener Seren Waters and top-scorer Collins Obuya, missed the chance for another four in four when he unleashed a wide past Elijah Otieno.

But he was not to be denied, clean-bowling the hapless number 11 with another unplayable delivery for a fourth wicket in six balls.

His hat trick was the second of this World Cup following West Indies seamer Kemar Roach's achievement against the Netherlands on Monday.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, lost to 1992 winners Pakistan by just 11 runs in their last outing, and went into the game widely expected to heap more misery on a Kenyan side reportedly split by internal strife.

Kenya lost by 10 wickets to New Zealand in their Group A opener after being bowled out for 69 and then suffered a 205-run mauling at the hands of Pakistan.
In their two games before Tuesday, they had made just 181 runs, were without a point and had the worst run rate. Times
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