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Sri Lanka's Malinga sets T20 international record with 99 wickets

Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka celebrates after taking the wicket of Colin Munro of New Zealand during the Twenty20 International match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Pallekele Cricket Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka celebrates after taking the wicket of Colin Munro of New Zealand during the Twenty20 International match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Pallekele Cricket Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.   | Photo Credit: Buddhika Weerasinghe

The fast bowler surpassed Shahid Afridi’s record of 98 wickets, during the first T20 against New Zealand at Pallekele

Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga on Sunday became the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with his 99th scalp, in the first match against New Zealand, surpassing Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2011 and played his farewell one-day international in July, bowled Colin Munro in the first over of the New Zealand chase to equal Afridi's record of 98 wickets.

The 36-year-old then cleaned up Colin de Grandhomme, for 44, to achieve the feat in his 74th T20 match of his illustrious career.

Afridi, a leg-spinner who also captained Pakistan, played 99 T20 matches.

Malinga is a quick known for bowling yorkers with his slinging action, made his T20 debut against England in 2006.

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