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Malinga's hat-trick helps Sri Lanka rout Kenya

 Ireland's captain William Porterfield during a team training session in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Ireland play England in a Cricket W...
 Ireland's captain William Porterfield shows his purple hair, dyed for charity, as he speaks at a press conference in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March...
 England's Stuart Broad smiles after having a dressing put on his knee during a team training session in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Eng...
 Kenya's Elijah Otieno reacts after being bowled by Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga, unseen, to end Kenya's innings in 142 runs during their IC...
 Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Kenya batsman Nehemiah Odhiambo, unseen, during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Sri...
 Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after bowling out Kenya's Shem Ngoche and take a hat-trick o...
 Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga acknowledges the  crowd after taking five wickets during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Kenya...

India Cricket WCup Ireland

Ireland's captain William Porterfield during a team training session in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Ireland play England in a Cricket W...

India Cricket WCup Ireland

Ireland's captain William Porterfield shows his purple hair, dyed for charity, as he speaks at a press conference in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March...

India Cricket WCup England

England's Stuart Broad smiles after having a dressing put on his knee during a team training session in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Eng...

Sri Lanka Cricket WCup Kenya

Kenya's Elijah Otieno reacts after being bowled by Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga, unseen, to end Kenya's innings in 142 runs during their IC...

Sri Lanka Cricket WCup Kenya

Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Kenya batsman Nehemiah Odhiambo, unseen, during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Sri...

Sri Lanka Cricket WCup Kenya

Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after bowling out Kenya's Shem Ngoche and take a hat-trick o...

Sri Lanka Cricket WCup Kenya

Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga acknowledges the crowd after taking five wickets during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Kenya...

Test-playing nations continued to dominate smaller teams at the World Cup on Tuesday when Sri Lanka hammered Kenya by nine wickets, with Lasith Malinga becoming the first man to take two hat-tricks in the competition.
Four years after the fast bowler took four wickets from four balls against South Africa, Malinga marked his first appearance at this year's World Cup with career-best figures of 6-38 as Sri Lanka bowled out Kenya for 142 in Colombo.
Sri Lanka then reached its target in 18.4 overs for a second win from three Group A matches, bouncing back in style from Saturday's 11-run loss to Pakistan and thrilling the partisan crowd at R. Premadasa Stadium.
The International Cricket Council's decision to trim the tournament from 14 to 10 teams for 2015 continues begins to look less controversial after Kenya's third heavy beating of the competition.
While the Kenyans are looking at an early exit after also losing by 10 wickets to New Zealand and 205 runs to Pakistan, the Netherlands and Canada have also taken big losses.
However, Ireland gets the perfect chance to boosting the ICC Associate nations' standing when it takes on England on Wednesday. Victory could also strengthen Ireland's case with the ICC for full test status.
Even after its 2007 World Cup win over Pakistan, 2009 World Twenty20 win over Bangladesh and one-day win over Zimbabwe last year, Ireland's best players still have to switch allegiance to England to play at test level.
"We don't want to have players making that call," Ireland captain William Porterfield said.
Ireland spinner George Dockrell is the latest player to reportedly attract interest from England management and may open the bowling against a side that could contain fit-again bowler Stuart Broad.
For Kenya, though, the tournament is almost over even before meetings with Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe.
Malinga showed no signs of the back strain which had prevented him from competing in Sri Lanka's first two games, taking a hat-trick just a day after the West Indies' Kemar Roach took the first at this year's tournament.
He trapped Tanmay Mishra lbw off the last delivery of his seventh over before clean bowling Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche off successive deliveries at the start of his next.
Not content with the hat trick, Malinga claimed his fourth wicket in six deliveries when he clean bowled last man Elijah Otieno with a yorker.
Brothers Collins Obuya (52) and David Obuya (51) struck half centuries and added 94 runs for the third wicket, but the rest of the batting showed little signs of improvement from its two previous heavy defeats despite captain Jimmy Kamande's brave decision to bat first.
Nuwan Kulasekara trapped Morris Ouma lbw and Malinga sent down a lively yorker to dismiss Seren Waters to reduce Kenya to 8-2 _ more or less setting the tone for the innings.


Updated : 2021-10-20 06:02 GMT+08:00