Lasith Malinga Becomes Highest Wicket-taker in T20 Internationals


New Zealand claimed a five-wicket victory in the first of three T20 internationals against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Chasing 175 to win, it looked like the Black Caps would struggle when they slipped to 3 for 39 in the seventh over yesterday.

But Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme steadied the ship and 51 runs from three overs - during which Taylor was dropped by Dasun Shanaka - offered them renewed hope.

Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga became the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals with his 99th scalp in the first match against New Zealand, surpassing Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.

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