Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga breaks legendry Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram World Record

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Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga breaks legendry Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram World Record

ISLAMABAD - Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga on Friday went past Pakistan’s former captain Wasim Akram to become the only bowler to claim five international hat-tricks, during the third Twenty20 International (T20I) between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Kandy.

Akram previously held the record for most hat-tricks (4) across formats.

Malinga wreaked havoc after becoming the first bowler in T20Is to claim 100 wickets as he struck four times in four balls to leave the Kiwis reeling at 15 for 4.

Malinga returned career-best figures of 5-6 in his four overs to give Sri Lanka a consolation win by 37 runs in Kandy.

The Black Caps won the series 2-1.

Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi's tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin Munro for 12 to claim a century of wickets in his 76th match. -APP/AFP