Malinga Hat-Trick Sets Up World Cup Rout Of Kenya
Lasith Malinga took six for 38 with an outstanding display of fast bowling, including a record second World Cup hat-trick, as Sri Lanka thrashed Kenya by nine wickets in a one-sided Cricket World Cup Group A match in Colombo.
Malinga's heroics with the ball enabled Sri Lanka to dismiss Kenya for 142 in their innings while a fluent unbeaten half-century from Upul Tharanga saw the home side race to victory with more than 30 overs to spare.
Although Kenya showed improvement following efforts of 69 and 112 in their first two matches, only two players could reach double figures, and fortunately for them, the Obuya brothers - Collins and David - both scored half-centuries.
By contrast, only three Sri Lankans were required to knock off the runs, with Tharanga leading the way by scoring 67 in 59 balls, Tillakaratne Dilshan hammering 44 in 30 deliveries and captain Kumar Sangakkara making 27 not out.
Openers Morris Ouma (1) and Seren Waters (3) were trapped in front by Nuwan Kulasekara and Malinga respectively; Waters ending up on his knees as he was completely beaten by the first of a series of fast, swinging yorkers.
Collins Obuya (52 in 100 balls) and David Obuya (51 in 106 balls) then showed grit and determination to put together a partnership worth 94 for the third wicket and give Kenya a shot at posting a substantial score.
However, once Collins was bowled by Malinga, Steve Tikolo was caught by Dilshan off Angelo Mathews for seven and David swept Muttiah Muralitharan into the hands of Thilan Samaraweera in the deep, Kenya collapsed, losing their remaining five wickets for just 15 runs.
Tanmay Mishra was trapped in front by Malinga without scoring, Jimmy Kamande was run out by Chamara Silva for one before Malinga finished things off in quick time by bowling Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche and Elijah Otieno - all without scoring and within four balls of each other.
He dismissed Mishra with the final ball of the 42nd over and by removing Ongondo and Ngoche with the first two balls of his next over, made World Cup history by becoming the first man to take a second hat-trick at the World Cup, having first achieved the feat against South Africa in 2007.
Sri Lanka then came out to bat in no mood to settle down and simply ease their way to victory, instead attacking as if they had been set a target nearer to 343 than 143.
Dilshan hit eight fours in a typically belligerent innings while he and Tharanga added 72 runs in just 8.2 overs before Dilshan's brutal knock was ended when he was caught by Ouma off Otieno.
Left-hander Tharanga played a more graceful innings, crafting 12 fours and ensuring there was no let-up in the run-rate, while Sangakkara, who faced just 24 deliveries himself and hit three boundaries, played his part in handing Kenya a third big defeat in a row.
Malinga, who bowls with an unorthodox slingy action that can cause batsmen to struggle to pick the ball, missed Sri Lanka's opening matches - a win against Canada and a narrow defeat to Pakistan - with a back problem.
Kenya comprehensively lost their first two matches to New Zealand and Pakistan.
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