Lasith Malinga picked up five wickets against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2014 final © AFP
Lasith Malinga picked up five wickets against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2014 final © AFP

 

Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga created a unique world record of claiming all five wickets in an innings of a One-Day International (ODI) match, during the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2014 final at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Devarchit Varma has more…

 

Anyone who would have watched Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga from a side angle [during replays on television], the person wouldn’t have failed but to notice the amount of mass that the 30-year-old has gained in the past few months. One may point to a lack of cricket resulting in fewer fitness sessions as Malinga does not play in Tests, but the performances that he produces are scintillating as always and on most of the occasions, he leads his team to victories.

 

Sri Lanka went into the summit clash of the Asia Cup 2014 tournament against Pakistan on Saturday, and the cricket fraternity anxiously waited for the encounter between the flashy pacer and the opposition’s dashing batsman Shahid Afridi. Unfortunately Afridi came out in the middle only in the last over and did not get to face even one ball.

 

However, Malinga created a unique bowling record as he claimed all five wickets that fell in the Pakistan innings. Pakistan scored 260 for five in their allotted 50 overs. The right-arm slinger provided Sri Lanka the early momentum with his three-wicket burst that left Pakistan reeling at 18 for three after only 4.3 overs.

 

Malinga claimed the key wickets of Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. He sent down four overs in his first spell, in which he gave away only 13 runs and claimed three wickets. Malinga returned in the 37th over of the game and immediately got rid of the Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Between his initial burst and the wicket of Misbah, Pakistan had added 122 runs. The right-arm pacer claimed his final wicket in form of Umar Akmal in the last over of the innings.

 

While there have been instances where a bowler has taken all four wickets that fell in an innings, there was no incident in the cricket history when all five scalps was claimed by a single bowler. It must be mentioned here that Ashish Nehra’s six for 59 in the final of the Indian Oil Cup against Sri Lanka was that rare incident wherein only one bowler had wickets to his credit. Sri Lanka’s score after 50 overs was 281 for nine, which included three run-outs.

 

Similarly, during the South Africa-Zimbabwe clash at Bloemfontein in 2010-11 season, the hosts piled up 351 for six in their 50 overs. Shingi Masakadza was the only bowler among the wickets as he claimed four for 86 off his 10 overs, while two batsmen were run out.

 

Here’s the list of a bowler taking all four wickets or more in an ODI innings:

 

Bowler

For

Against

Bowling figures

Year

Craig Matthews

South Africa

New Zealand

4 for 13

1993-94

Paul Strang

Zimbabwe

West Indies

4 for 40

1996 World Cup

Chris Cairns

New Zealand

Australia

4 for 40

1997-98

Vasbert Drakes

West Indies

Bangladesh

4 for 26

2002-03

Heath Streak*

Zimbabwe

England

4 for 21

2003

Mitchell Johnson*

Australia

India

4 for 11

2006-07

Shingi Masakadza**

Zimbabwe

South Africa

4 for 86

2010-11

Ashish Nehra**

India

Sri Lanka

5 for 59

2005

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka

Pakistan

5 for 56

2013-14

 

*Unfinished matches

 

** Includes run-outs

 

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)