Malinga sets T20 record with 99 wickets

New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson during the Cricket World Cup

New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson during the Cricket World Cup

However, he could not finish well as he gave 15 runs in the penultimate over leaving just three runs to defend for Isuru Udana which led to New Zealand losing the match by five wickets.

Black Caps bowler Lockie Ferguson won't be appearing on the global scene until at least November, after being ruled out of New Zealand's Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka with a fractured thumb.

Where Sri Lanka lost the contest was in the four overs between 10-13 where they leaked out a princely 61 runs and Isuru Udana dropped Ross Taylor (31) at deep midwicket, which turned out to be a crucial miss in the context of the game.

The 36-year-old then cleaned up Colin de Grandhomme, for 44, to achieve the feat in his 74th T20 match of his illustrious career.

But his effort was not enough as Taylor put on 79 runs for the fourth wicket with Colin de Grandhomme, who scored 44, to take the attack to the opposition bowlers.

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Preview: After a gruelling Test series which saw the two sides share points in the ICC World Test Championship, Sri Lanka and New Zealand prepare to face off in coloured clothing, with the white ball in hand under floodlights.

Former Pakistani all-rounder Afridi has 98 wickets to his name from 99 innings.

Kandy - Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga on Sunday became the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with his 99th scalp in the first match against New Zealand, surpassing Pakistan's Shahid Afridi. TheNewsCrunch congratulates Malinga on this achievement.

Batting first the hosts made 174 for 4 from their 20 overs with seamer Tim Southee taking two wickets. The stand-in Kiwi skipper took two wickets in the T20I.

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