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03 March 2024

Sri Lanka’s Malinga fit to play Pakistan game

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga bowls during a training session at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. (AFP)


Sri Lanka’s main strike bowler Lasith Malinga should be fit for their next World Cup Group A match against Pakistan after missing their opening win over Canada on Sunday with a back strain.

“We didn’t want to risk him,” match winner Mahela Jayawardene told reporters at the post-match press conference following his 80-ball century which set up a 210-run victory.
“He bowled yesterday and he was okay but given the fact that we have got couple of crucial games coming up, we thought that he should get a break. I think he should be okay for the Pakistan game,” he said.
The teams play on Saturday in Colombo.
Malinga was one of the top performers in the last World Cup taking four wickets in four balls in a Super Six match against South Africa. Sri Lanka went on to finish runners-up.