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 Post subject: Bend it like Malinga
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:23 pm 
Bend it like Malinga

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Fast bowler Lasith Malinga gives Sri Lanka upper hand against New Zealand in the second Test(AFP/File/William West)

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Sri Lanka hold a psychological edge going into the second cricket Test against New Zealand here with their top order batsmen presenting a more solid unit in the first Test while the Black Caps struggled with the unorthodox bowling of Lasith Malinga.

The Basin Reserve wicket has been a batsman's paradise this summer, although there is the suggestion of a little moisture to give the bowlers early encouragement.

In the first Test against Sri Lanka, Malinga was the chief destroyer as New Zealand fell to 148 for seven in the second innings before Fleming and Lou Vincent averted a potential fatal collapse

Malinga took five for 80 in the second innings and nine wickets for the match on a surface where the bat dominated the ball.

He tormented the batsmen with his mix of yorkers and bouncers, and his round-arm slinging action forced Fleming to request the umpires change to light coloured slacks to help the batsmen better see the ball.

Malinga's quirky action has been given the all clear by Hair, who previously caused a furore by no-balling Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing.

He said Malinga's action was okay "as long as he doesn't bowl underarm".

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New Zealand's James Marshall avoids a bouncer by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga during the final day of the first cricket test at McLean Park in Napier April 8, 2005. The first test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a draw at McLean Park in Napier on Friday. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps


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