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Who would have predicted that: Lasith Malinga claims first-ever double hat-trick in ODI history against South Africa at 2007 World Cup

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga bowls against South Africa

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


The encounter between South Africa and Sri Lanka was panning out like one of the many tiresome matches in the 2007 edition of the ODI World Cup. With 4 wickets off 4 deliveries, Lasith Malinga infused life into the game.


Match Summary


Sri Lanka 209 (49.3 overs) - Tillakaratne Dilshan 58 (76), Russel Arnold 50 (73); Charl Langeveldt 5/39 (10), Makhaya Ntini 2/26 (8)


South Africa 212/9 (48.2 overs) - Jacques Kallis 86 (110), Graeme Smith 59 (65); Lasith Malinga 4/54 (9.2), Muttiah Muralitharan 3/34 (10)


Result - South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 10 balls remaining)


In the 26th match of the 2007 ICC World Cup played between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Providence Stadium, the Lankans were not a happy lot. None of their top five batsmen which included some of the greats like Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara had managed over 30 runs.

Half centuries from lower middle order batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan and Russel Arnold gave the Sri Lankan score some respectability with 209.


Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Upul Tharanga, 3.1 ov), 2-45 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 10.1 ov), 3-65 (Mahela Jayawardene, 14.4 ov), 4-90 (Kumar Sangakkara, 21.3 ov), 5-98 (Chamara Silva, 24.1 ov), 6-195 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 45.5 ov), 7-208 (Russel Arnold, 48.2 ov), 8-208 (Farveez Maharoof, 48.5 ov), 9-208 (Chaminda Vaas, 48.6 ov), 10-209 (Muttiah Muralitharan, 49.3 ov)


Despite that, with South Africa at 95 for one in the 18th over, the match seemed to be heading only one way. Three quick wickets from Muttiah Muralitharan helped Sri Lanka pull things back a bit.

Still, with just 4 runs needed to win and 5 wickets in hand, it was only a matter of a boundary for South Africa to win the game. This is when Jayawardene tossed the ball to Malinga. After four yorkers, Malinga bowled a surprise slower one that went past Shaun Pollock's bat. Andrew Hall gave a simple catch to the covers fielder, to be dismissed off the next delivery.

However, with Jacques Kallis still at the crease, there were no panic stations for South Africa. When Malinga dismissed Kallis off the first delivery off his next over and then cleaned up Makhaya Ntini off a yorker, Sri Lanka were just one wicket away from a victory, which seemed distant just a couple of overs ago.

With this, Malinga became the first bowler in ODI history to pick up 4 wickets from 4 balls. But, even that could not bring his team a victory. An edge from Robin Peterson that went past the third man boundary prevented what would have been another choke for South Africa in a World Cup.


Fall of wickets: 1-1 (AB de Villiers, 0.6 ov), 2-95 (Graeme Smith, 17.2 ov), 3-160 (Herschelle Gibbs, 32.1 ov), 4-160 (Mark Boucher, 32.2 ov), 5-182 (Justin Kemp, 37.6 ov), 6-206 (Shaun Pollock, 44.5 ov), 7-206 (Andrew Hall, 44.6 ov), 8-207 (Jacques Kallis, 46.1 ov), 9-207 (Makhaya Ntini, 46.2 ov)




South Africa - Graeme Smith (c), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher (wk), Justin Kemp, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Robin Peterson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt 

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan


Match Details


Match: RSA v SL, 26th Match, Super Eights, ICC World Cup, 2007 

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat  

Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana 

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, Daryl Harper 

Third Umpire: Mark Benson 

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe 



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