Malinga: IPL taught me death bowling

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Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his ability to bowl during the final overs of a T20 match.

<b>Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his ability to bowl during the final overs of a T20 match.</b>

During Sunday's final of the World T20, India's much-vaunted batting line-up managed score only 19 runs from their last four overs, with Malinga leading the assault.

"I think it's because of the IPL. Since I have played in the IPL, I had a fair understanding of Indian players and I could control their batsmen and use my bowlers to contain them. I learnt everything from the IPL," Malinga, who will spearhead the Mumbai Indians' attack in the IPL, revealed.

It was Malinga's ability to bowl yorkers, seemingly at will, which was particularly impressive.

"Some say winning is luck, some say winning is talent. I really trust that we didn't have luck. We worked hard, we know our ability, we can do that, everyone is talented, that's why we won the match. I don't believe in luck," he added.

"There was a belief that being a fast bowler, I cannot lead the team. So I think I did the justice for my place as well. I believe that if you can take wickets, you may also have the ability to do any kind of thing on a cricketing field."

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