Sri Lanka’s Malinga plays down historic hat-trick

March 2, 2011 (AFP) – History-making Lasith Malinga played down his landmark second World Cup hat-trick, insisting that his famous four wickets in four balls against South Africa in 2007 was a greater achievement. The 27-year-old seamer’s trademark collection of yorkers and toe-crushers helped him to a career-best 6-38 as Sri Lanka beat Kenya by nine wickets on Tuesday to put his team back on top of World Cup Group A.

His next target will be to repeat the feat against defending champions Australia on Saturday.

“I rate my performance in 2007 better than this because at that stage South Africa were virtually winning the game and I was able to get the hat-trick and brought Sri Lanka back into the game,” said Malinga of the match which South Africa won by one wicket.

Four years ago, his hat-trick victims were Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis with Makyaha Ntini the fourth to fall.

On Tuesday, he trapped Tanmay Mishra (0) lbw with the last ball of his seventh over.

At the start of his next, he bowled Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche in successive balls to complete his hat-trick, finishing the innings at 142, by bowling Elijah Otieno (0) to complete a four-wicket burst off six b