Defending a target of 315 runs against Bangladesh, the 35-year-old gave a ideal start to Sri Lanka by removing both openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar cheaply for duck and 15, respectively with his brutal pace before he removed Mustafizur Rahman (18) on his last ball. His stumps are shattered.
Malinga embraces one of his teammates as he bids farewell. It was a smirk. "He was a very special bowler and created many records in worldwide cricket", said Ramanayake.
But that is now history. "Congratulations on a wonderful One Day career, Malinga". Now he wants the younger generation to take over. Bangladesh featured in 92 consecutive ODI matches with either of them in the XI. "I've been struggling a bit", Tamim said after the first match.
"I saw his unusual action in delivering the ball with good speed".
The fast bowler also slammed critics who attempted to push him out of the game early. The Mumbai Indians skipper labelled Malinga as the biggest match victor for the franchise who never failed to deliver even during crunch situations. I feel it's the right time to move (on) because we have to look forward to 2023 (World Cup). We just have to keep on trusting them. In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final, Rohit trusted Malinga to defend nine runs in the last over, despite conceding 42 runs from his first three overs. Nuwan Pradeep, one of the country's best line bowlers, finished with three wickets as well and Lahiru Kumara, making a comeback after not being picked for the World Cup, showed improving control along with his raw pace.
"I thought we started very poorly with the ball, we gave away way too many easy boundaries to them". However with the victory, Sri Lanka ended their two-match losing streak to Bangladesh and tightened their position in overall encounter between the two teams.
"We may have had some setbacks, but we have the capability to win another World Cup", he added, pointing to Sri Lanka's success at the 1996 World Cup and 2014 T20 World Cup.
"I've played last 15 years for Sri Lanka. Really an honour to play, and really happy to play for these people and for all crowd that's been behind me", he said.
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