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After Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga accused of sexual assault

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After an Indian flight attendant accused former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her, singer Chinmayi Sripaada has now claimed that Lasith Malinga sexually assaulted a woman at a Mumbai hotel.

Sripaada shared a post on Twitter where she narrated the alleged incident.

Malinga is one of Sri Lanka's greatest bowlers in limited-overs formats. In 2017 ODIs he has taken 306 wickets and 90 wickets in 68 T20 Internationals.

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Malinga also played 30 Tests and took 101 wickets.

The alleged incident, according to Sripaada, took place during an IPL season.

Malinga, who has played all 10 seasons of the IPL for Mumbai Indians, has 154 wickets from 110 matches in the league. He is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL.

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On Wednesday, Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning captain Ranatunga was accused of sexual harassment by an Indian flight attendant.

During one of his visits to India, Ranatunga (currently Sri Lanka's Minister of Petroleum Resources Development), allegedly grabbed the woman by her waist and slid his hands along the side of her breasts. The woman later ran to the hotel reception and complained about Ranatunga's actions but the staff told her, "It is your private matter."

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"My star struck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I'd brought along . They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.

"She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find Vandana and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.

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"Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, "it is your private matter" and that they can't help me," the woman wrote in her facebook post.

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