Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga has been a threat to every batsman in the world. Nicknamed 'Slinga Malinga' for his deadly yorkers he produces, the right-arm-fast bowler has had an illustrious international career having taken 543 wickets across all formats. Malinga, who had retired from Tests in 2011, played his final ODI in July against Bangladesh, as he finished with figures of 3/38.
While it would be possibly difficult to replace Malinga considering his top-class bowling standards, the cricketing fraternity were in for a surprise when a video of a 17-year-old with an action similar to that of Malinga's went viral on Twitter.
Teenager identified as Matheesha Pathirana of Kandy's Trinity College caught the eye of many when he registered impressive figures of 6/7 on his debut for the domestic side.
Here's a video of his tremendous bowling spell:
Trinity College Kandy produces another Slinga !!
— Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) September 26, 2019
The 36-year-old Malinga, meanwhile, continued his splendid form in the game's shorter format when he picked up four wickets in as many balls during the third T20I against New Zealand earlier this month. He had removed Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor to put the Kiwis at 15/4 in their run chase of 126 at Pallekele. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 88, but it was only a consolation for the hosts as they conceded the series 2-1.
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Malinga, who has played a staggering 122 IPL matches, has 170 wickets to his credit, the highest in the cash-rich league, with the best bowling figures of 5/13.
Root’s 228 had provided England a strong total of 421 and a meaningful first innings lead of 286, but Thirimanne stood firm for two sessions to remain unbeaten on 76 off 189 balls and carried Sri Lanka to 156-2 at stumps.
Lawrence, 23, is set to be selected by the tourists for the first of two Tests in Galle starting Thursday after coach Chris Silverwood said he was "ready".