Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has established himself as the most terrifying bowler who leaves the batsmen lurching in their crease, landing toe crushers that leave the batsman no option but to walk back as the ball crashes on to the stumps. The speedster's unique bowling action has been etched in the minds of fans forever and many youngsters have taken inspiration from Lasith Malinga. Lasith Malinga recently hung up his boots in the limited-overs format of the game, although he will be available for the shortest format. A youngster with Malinga-like bowling action from Kandy has sprung into the spotlight after he picked up seven scalps in his debut game for the domestic side.
17-year-old Matheesha Pathirana of Trinity College in Kandy picked up seven wickets on his debut for the domestic side, giving away just six runs in his spell. A Sri Lankan journalist took to share a video of the youngster bowling toe crushers, similar to that of Lasith Malinga's bowling. The youngster can be seen steaming towards the batsman and bowling with a ditto replica of Lasith Malinga's bowling action. The batsmen are left bewildered by the young speedster's pace and the toe crushers that left the batsmen stunned. See the youngster's Malinga-like action here:
Lasith Malinga bowled a magical first over in the 3rd T20I at Pallekele which was a four-wicket maiden. Chasing a small target of 126, New Zealand were off to a flier when they took 12 runs off the first over bowled by Akila Dananjaya. Nonetheless, the next over bowled by Lasith Malinga changed it completely. After bowling two consecutive dot balls, he bowled a 140 kmph delivery which disturbed Colin Munro's timber, on the next delivery, Malinga had Hamish Rutherford trapped in front of the wicket. Lasith Malinga then completed his hat-trick when he castled Colin de Grandhomme with an inswinging delivery. On the very next delivery, the Lankan speedster had Ross Taylor leg before wicket. But, it was not over yet as Lasith Malinga came back in the next over to dismiss wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert to register a fifer. Lasith Malinga finished with figures of 5/6 in his four overs at an economy rate of 1.50 which also included a maiden. His lethal spell dismantled New Zealand's run chase as they were bundled out for 88 in 16 overs as Sri Lanka registered a 37-run win.