The head of iconic UK cricket bat manufacturers Woodworm today hailed Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga after he wielded one of the company's i-Bats to defeat Australia in the first of three One Day Internationals.
Malinga, more famed for his controversial bowling action, shared in a world-record ninth-wicket stand of 132 with Angelo Mathews and included two towering sixes in a carefully crafted 56 to earn Sri Lanka a famous victory at the MCG on Wednesday.
Chasing Australia's 239-8 the tourists were hopelessly adrift at 107-8 in the 26th over before paceman Malinga and all-rounder Mathews tore into the Aussie attack.
Unfortunately, Malinga didn't quite make it to the end of the game – he ran himself out when the scores were level - and this left last man Muttiah Muralitharan with the honour of hitting the winning run with more than five overs to spare and one wicket in hand.
Simon Millington, Woodworm CEO, said: "This was an incredible performance by Lasith. He hit his maiden test 50 with a Woodworm i-Bat Pro against India earlier this year and now he's used it to devastating effect in a ODI.
"For a bowler to share in a record ninth wicket partnership and score 56 not only demonstrates his skill with the bat but also underlines the quality of Woodworm bats and their ability to perform at the very highest levels of cricket."
Mathews, who is unable to bowl in the three match series because of injury, smashed an unbeaten 77 from 84 deliveries and praised the magnificent support from the unlikely Malinga, who blasted sixes off Xavier Doherty and John Hastings.
"It was a dramatic finish and the way Lasith batted was excellent," said man-of-the-match Mathews. "I gave the spinners to Lasith to deal with while I took on the pace. I'm still catching my breath and to do this against Australia is a great achievement."
Aussie captain Michael Clarke was left to rue the batting supremacy of the two Sri Lankan heroes, saying: "I thought Mathews played outstanding, a fantastic innings and Malinga - we just couldn't stop him with the bat."
Woodworm is owned by The Sports PLC, one of Europe’s leading online sports and leisure e-tailers, who completed the purchase of the iconic cricket bat and golf company in 2008.
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