Last night’s Big Bash encounter at the WACA confirmed something few have forgotten – Lasith Malinga is head and shoulders the deadliest pace bowler in limited overs cricket. His remarkable figures of 6/7 are the second best in the history of the format, behind Arul Suppiah who got 6 wickets for 5 runs for Somerset against Glamorgan back in 2011.
The most fascinating aspect of his performance was the absolute control of the slower ball yorker – surely one of hardest deliveries to master in the game today. The Perth Scorchers were not just failing to get bat on them, they were beaten all ends up à la Chris Cairns vs Chris Read circa 1999.
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