Sri Lanka crashed out of the Champions Trophy after being defeated by Pakistan in their Group B clash at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Monday. Senior pacer of the Lankan team and one of the greatest One Day International fast bowlers bowled with fire while trying his utmost to secure his team’s victory.
He was however disappointed and left to rue the lacklustre efforts of his fielders who gave umpteen lives to Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
Many catches were dropped on his bowling as Sri Lanka let the game slip out of their hands despite getting seven Pakistan wickets cheaply. The 8th wicket partnership between Mohammad Amir and Sarfraz added 78 runs and help Pakistan seal a semifinal berth with hosts England.
Malinga, 33, has bowled remarkable spells in the Champions Trophy despite lacking support from the other end.
The experienced pacer, renowned for his yorkers and slower deliveries has restricted his displays for the national team in recent years in a bid to extend his career at the highest level.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said that he does not know if Lasith Malinga has made his final appearance at a major tournament after his team's exit.
"But he's been a great servant for Sri Lanka cricket. He's been fantastic. We saw the effort that he put in today as well. It was unfortunate that we dropped his catches as well," he added, referring to a sequence of fielding mistakes from Sri Lanka."He is a champion bowler for us."