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Malinga takes 4 wickets in 4 balls for Sri Lanka in T20 v NZ



Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga successfully appeals to dismiss New Zealand’s Ross Taylor as his fourth wicket taken in four consecutive balls during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Lasith Malinga has taken four wickets in four balls for Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international against New Zealand.

The first wicket, when he bowled Colin Munro off the third ball of his second over, brought up 100 in T20s for the 36-year-old paceman.

Then Malinga trapped Hamish Rutherford lbw, needing a review to overturn the umpire’s not-out decision, before bowling Colin de Grandhomme with a trademark Yorker, and then delivering another yorker to hit Ross Taylor on the foot for a plumb lbw.

In Malinga’s next over, he had Tim Seifert caught at first slip to give him figures of 5-3 off 16 balls at that stage.

New Zealand was chasing 126 to win.