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Malinga set to retire from ODI cricket, continue in T20s

July 23, 2019
FILE- In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga, celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez, unseen, during the third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Malinga is set to retire from one-day international cricket after playing the first game of a three-match series against Bangladesh this week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
FILE- In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga, celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez, unseen, during the third one day international cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Malinga is set to retire from one-day international cricket after playing the first game of a three-match series against Bangladesh this week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga is set to retire from one-day international cricket after playing the first game of a three-match series against Bangladesh this week.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne says Malinga has indicated he’ll retire from ODI’s after Friday’s match.

He will continue to play Twenty20 internationals.

In a career spanning 15 years, the 35-year-old paceman with a distinctive slinging bowling action has played in 225 one-day internationals and taken 335 wickets.

He has been the premier match-winning bowler for Sri Lanka for many years playing alongside and after the exit of ace off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

He also has three hat-tricks in ODIs, including four wickets in consecutive deliveries in a World Cup game against South Africa in 2007.

He retired from test cricket in 2010 after taking 101 wickets in 30 matches.

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