Jayawardene: No six pack but Malinga still a big-game hunter
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Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga was the key to his side’s shock win over England. (AFP pic)
MANCHESTER: Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Lasith Malinga for his ability to step up in big games after the paceman inspired his country’s shock World Cup win over England.
Malinga returned figures of four for 43 to help Sri Lanka dismiss England for 212 as they stunningly beat the hosts by 20 runs in Leeds on Friday.
The 35-year-old, often criticised for his unathletic body, rolled back the years at Headingley when he removed England openers James Vince and Jonny Bairstow.
He then got rid of dangermen Joe Root and Jos Buttler to leave England in turmoil.
It was a welcome riposte to the social media doubters who poked fun at Malinga when he was photographed with his shirt off exposing a portly belly before the England match….