Slinga Malinga was in action during the group match of the 2007 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and South Africa that took place in West Indies. South Africa was cruising home at 206/5 with Shaun Pollock on strike when Lasith Malinga spelled fire. He got the better of Pollock with a slower one and then sent Andrew Hall back with another slower delivery.
He then got the all-important wicket of Jacques Kallis to complete his hat-trick just before sending Makhaya Ntini’s stumps for a walk to trigger a major collapse. From 206/5, the Proteas were down to 206/9. To South Africa’s delight, Robin Peterson got an outside edge that runs away for four and South Africa ended up winning the match by 1 wicket and somehow managed to keep the choking tag at bay.
Sri Lanka finally went on to play the final against Australia but the highlight of the world cup was definitely Malinga’s four consecutive wickets that almost turned the table for Sri Lanka from a hopeless position.