Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga became the first bowler ever to secure 100 wickets in T20I cricket during the lion's third T20I match against New Zealand at Pallekele. Malinga achieved this feat against New Zealand in a T20 match in Pallekele.
If he'd been reprieved de Grandhomme may well have struggled to keep out the searing yorker which knocked over Ross Taylor first ball, but Malinga's fifth global hat-trick would not have stood. New Zealand slipped to 15 for four.
Malinga had dismissed Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini but it was all in vain as South Africa clinched a last-gasp win. The rankings were released after the conclusion of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Friday. Earlier this year, Rashid Khan took 4 in 4 against Ireland during a T20I which is only another instance of a double hat-trick for a player in Internationals. The Friday's hat-trick was also Malinga's 5th in global cricket, the most by any bowler, and also saw him become the first man to take 100 T20 wickets. Yorker was my best ball, I only try my best to bowl the right line and right length.
Malinga's exceptional figures of five wickets for six runs off four overs included a hat-trick and four wickets off four balls a performance that completely derailed the Black Caps' batting reducing them to 23-5 and eventually 88 all out in pursuit of a moderate Sri Lankan total of 125-8.
Lasith Malinga is the first man to get 100 T20 worldwide wickets.
Sandakan wrapped up the game though, pinning Astle lbw to secure a home victory by 37 runs, and clawing back a win to ensure that the visitors did not complete a 3-0 series sweep.
A brief rally by Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner ended when New Zealand lost three more wickets for one run.
The veteran has two T20I hat-tricks and three in ODIs. He became the first bowler to 100 T20 global wickets during this spell.