Netherlands v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 23, 2014

'Netherlands are playing good cricket' - Chandimal


Sri Lanka and Netherlands have played each other only three times in all formats in history, but among these matches has been a result that outlines Sri Lanka's glee at demolishing weaker teams. In 2006, Sri Lanka plundered a record 443 for 9 in an ODI in Amstelveen, in which Sanath Jayasuriya struck a 104-ball 157 and Tillakaratne Dilshan also hit a rapid hundred.

In other Sri Lanka minnow-bashing adventures, Chaminda Vaas' 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe, the team's T20 total of 260 for 6 against Kenya and Ajantha Mendis' 6 for 8 against Zimbabwe - all world records - linger in recent memory.

Despite this history of putting less-fancied teams in their place, and Sri Lanka's rampant form in the approach to the tournament, captain Dinesh Chandimal has assured fans his team will not be beset by complacency on Monday.

"Even though we are playing against Netherlands tomorrow, we're not going to underestimate them because we all know that they are a very good T20 team," he said on Sunday. "In this format of the game, any team can do well on their day and create major upsets. I watched that match between Ireland and Netherlands. Netherlands played some really good cricket in that game."

The tense victory over South Africa that opened Sri Lanka's World T20 campaign had been achieved despite the failure of all three senior batsmen. Chandimal hoped to sustain the virtues that have seen Sri Lanka build an unbeaten streak numbering 13 matches in Bangladesh this year.

"I am very happy the way we played against South Africa - a very strong side in our group - and managed to pull off a win against them. We're hoping we carry forward the basics to tomorrow's game, as we did against South Africa. We have plans for the Netherlands and we have good batsmen and bowlers to suit the conditions."

Kusal Perera's 40-ball 61 had formed the foundation for Sri Lanka's victory, but he had received some medical attention after being hit in the helmet by Dale Steyn. Chandimal did not rule out changes to his XI, but said Perera had recovered sufficiently.

"He had a bit of a discomfort yesterday but it seems to be okay now," Chandimal said. "Kusal is a vital player for us. He can be a game changer and he is also a very useful cricketer. We have lot of hopes on him and we're looking forward to him continuing his good form throughout the series.

"All are well and fit. No injury worries. We'll field the best possible team that has the confidence to win tomorrow's game for us."

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  • Andrew on March 24, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    On a serious note I must say I'm very impressed with SL's recent performances in all formats. I must confess, I wrote them off since the Champions Trophy last year but some of their players are showing more consistency like Mathews, Senanayake and Thirimanne. It's sad that most players are missing out on the IPL especially my favourite SL player Sangakkara.

  • Andrew on March 24, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    @Karthik Sk : Chill out bro, LakshithaR was simply joking. You really need to work on comebacks. @LakshithaR : Sure dude. That's why SL cannot win a single test match against your so-called minnow team in their home ground ;-)

  • Mark on March 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka wins this tournament. They deserve it having been in so many finals and not being able to close the deal except in the Asia cup last month. Well Done SL for that. Now they need to try and make sure they get into the final and on the day make sure they win it. I always want Sri Lanka to do well as they play an excellent exciting intelligent brand of cricket. Especially when they do well. Sri Lanka is always an excellent ad for cricket to show to non cricket fans how good watching cricket can be. They still have very highly skillful cricketers like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga very experienced and though nearing the end of their careers can be very intrumental in SL winning this tournament. All the best Sri Lanka.

  • udendra on March 24, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Captaining SL in T20's seems to be the easiest job on earth.

  • PRATHMESH on March 24, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Srilanka playing very good cricket....but last T20 they miss an opportunity to take trophy.....this time they are favourites to win ...i want india vs srilanka to be in final.

  • Lakshitha on March 24, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @Karthik: per your logic, getting hit for the highest innings score in the 137 years' history of test cricket is not a bashing, but reaching the Finals (and being Runners-up) of almost every major ICC tournament since 2007 is???? In addition to English and cricket, please improve your general knowledge as well, prior to the next comment.

    One could've sympathized if you objected to me calling your team 'minnows', but obviously you too agree with that...LOL! (that's 'Laughing-Out-Loud', for your understanding)

  • ESPN on March 24, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Love to c a 100 from Kusal

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @LakshithaR: your team didn't beat us in that match. India scored 530/8d before srilanka scored 900+. There match ends. Bashing means u guys should hav won that match. Improve ur english & cricket knowledge for ur goodness before commenting here. The real bashing is when u guys are repeatedly got kicked in major finals starting from 2007WC.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    It is good to hear humble comments from Chandimal. Respecting opponent earns more respect to them selves. @ Surendran, confused??? They are all useful players, and Dinesh meant Kusal has gone the extra mile as a player. I know it is sour grapes to terror supporting losers.

  • Android on March 24, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    interesting to hear Chandimal saying Kusal is a useful cricketer. are there any useless in the side occupying a spot in a major tournament. ..confused!!!!

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