Malinga's triple delivers more misery upon hapless Kenya

08:45, March 03, 2011      

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Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga continues to deliver. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lankan slingshot Lasith Malinga became the first man to claim two World Cup hat tricks Tuesday with 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 No. 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.

Kenya, who went into the Group A game at the R. Premasada stadium in Colombo with the tournament's worst record, were 8-2 at one stage before brothers Collins (52) and David Obuya (51) put on 94 for the third wicket.

But their last seven wickets went for the addition of just 22 runs to leave the home side with a straightforward target.

Source:Global Times/Agencies

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