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    Malinga returns 2nd-best figures in T20 history

    Perth: Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga has recorded the second-best bowling spell in top-class Twenty20 history by taking a devastating six wickets for seven runs for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash competition.

    Malinga, who has retired from Test cricket and will not join his Sri Lankan team-mates for the series opener against Australia at Hobart on Friday, needed just four overs on Wednesday night to achieve the feat and spearhead a 10-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers.

    His figures trail only Arul Suppiah's six wickets for five runs for Somerset against Glamorgan in 2011 and surpasses Michael Dighton's 6 for 25 as the best figures in Australian T20 cricket. Malinga played his last Test for Sri Lanka against India in 2010 before electing to concentrate on one-day and T20 cricket.