Sri Lanka’s most iconic shorter formats fast bowler Lasith Malinga has returned to UK and joined Sri Lanka squad ahead of team’s do or die encounter against England , Cricket Age learns.
Malinga’s Mother in law Mrs. Kanthi Perera was passed away last week. After Australia match, Malinga had returned to Sri Lanka for his mother in law’s 7th day alms giving.
Sri Lanka to play their next match against England at Leeds on June 21.
“Yesterday (June 18), Malinga rejoined the team and is raring to go against England as Now every match is like a knock out game for us” a team source told Cricket Age.
Malinga, At 35, is still remained One of the most fearsome bowler in world cricket and his exploits in recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) has proved his worth once again. In the world cup also, he has proved his worth go far by providing key wickets in death overs as well as by keeping batsmen in guess in final overs.
The iconic bowler has expressed his desire to win the World Cup for his motherland.
With just one win and two washed out in five matches so far, Sri Lanka face an uphill task to secure semi final place, as the their remaining matches are against India, England, West Indies and South Africa. In this scenario, Malinga, with his experience, has become Sri Lanka’s only few rays of hope for a turnaround.
Sri Lanka’s remaining World Cup fixtures
21 June: Vs England at Leeds
28 June: Vs South Africa at Chester-Le-Street
1 July: Vs West Indies at Chester-Le-Street
6 July: Vs India at Leeds