A fearsome, toe crusher fast bowler Lasith Malinga jerked everyone when he turned into an off-spinner in the final of the MCA ‘A’ Division knockout tournament where he opted to play after being left out of the series against Pakistan.
The saga was not end at that point; the bushy haired pacer even managed to pluck three wickets with his off-spin.
Malinga, leading the side Teejay Lanka helped his team restrict LB Finance to 125 for 7 in 25 overs. Lastly Teejay Lanka came out winning the match by 82 runs.
The slingy actioned Malinga left both LB Finance batsmen and spectators in utter bewilderment when he took a short run-up to deliver off-breaks.
The decision of Malinga operated as an off-spinner was precipitated by the need of finishing middle overs quickly under the overcast condition. The match later was decided in Duckworth-Lewis method.
Teejay Lanka: 266 all out from 38.4 overs – Shalika Karunanayake 68, Sachithra Senanayake 67, Charith Sudharaka 2/39 and Sahan Arachchige 3/53
LB Finance: 125/7 from 25 overs – Sahan Arachchige 26, Kusal Mendis 24, Lasith Malinga 3/22 and Sachithra Senanayake 3/35
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Result – Teejay Lanka won by 82 runs (D/L method)