Chittagong: Rangana Herath's extraordinary spin bowling was termed as unbelievable and outstanding by the captains of Sri Lanka and New Zealand as the left-arm spinner took five wickets at the expense of only three runs to script his team's stunning win in the ICC World Twenty20 game, here on Monday. Herath bowled 21 balls and among them 18 were dot as he went on to record one of the most stunning figures in the history of Twenty20 cricket.
It was the third best bowling performance in T20 cricket. Herath's compatriot Ajantha Mendis twice took six wickets. Mendis, whom Herath replaced in the side, had taken six for eight against Zimbabwe in 2012 and six for 16 against Australia in 2011. (Scorecard | Highlights | Points Table)
"This pitch has been slow consistently. I trusted my spinners. Herath was unbelievable. We were waiting for an occasion like this and we pulled through," Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga said. (Match report)