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Malinga to retire from ODIs after first match against Bangladesh

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga will be retiring from ODI cricket after the first game of the three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed on Monday.

Malinga is Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket and has scalped 335 wickets in the format so far. Only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas have more wickets than him in ODI cricket. The 35-year-old was the team’s highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He took 13 wickets in the tournament from seven innings.

The pacer had retired from Test cricket in 2011, but he has continued to play other formats since then. Sri Lanka had finished at the sixth position in the World Cup as the side won three matches from nine games. The three-match ODI series is slated to begin on July 26.