Veteran fast-bowler, Lasith Malinga rolled back the years to return with figures of 4/43 to devastate hosts England and inspire Sri Lanka to a memorable 20-run victory at Headingley. In the process, he became only the second bowler from Sri Lanka, other than Muttiah Muralitharan, to take 50 wickets in World Cup history.
He is now the second Sri Lankan after Muttiah Muralitharan (68) to join the club — with Glenn McGrath (71) and Wasim Akram (55) being the other bowlers. Malinga also made the record of taking the third most wickets in ODIs against England – 48 in 30 matches.
Defending a modest total of 232, Malinga gave Sri Lanka a perfect start by removing Jonny Bairstow (0) and James Vince (14) early. Later in the 31st over, the slinger paceman took out the well-set Joe Root for 57 and then with the scalp of Jos Buttler on 10.