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Chandimal eyeing opponents' spin weaknesses

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

March 21, 2014

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Sachithra Senanayake and Dinesh Chandimal celebrate a wicket, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 28, 2014
Dinesh Chandimal: 'We are in a group with teams that are not comfortable at playing spin, so we have a good chance' © AFP
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Sri Lanka will look to use their opponents' deficiencies against spin to their advantage at the World T20 in Bangladesh, captain Dinesh Chandimal has said. Their spinners' form in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, which Sri Lanka won, augured well for the team, Chandimal said.

"The way our spinners bowled in the Asia Cup and [the fact that] the pitches will assist them [means] we have a good chance in the tournament," Chandimal said ahead of his side's opening game, against South Africa. "We are in a group with teams that are not comfortable at playing spin, so we have a good chance. However we will take it match by match.

"Our main focus is to get to the semi-finals. From there onwards we will have to plan our strategies differently."

The other Full Member nations in Sri Lanka's group are England, South Africa and New Zealand, all three teams which have traditionally had trouble against spin. Sri Lanka have many spin options to their disposal, including Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake and Seekkuge Prasanna. They'll also be bolstered by the availability of part-timer Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is fit to play having recovered from a thumb injury. Chandimal confirmed Dilshan's availability, but did not expand on where he would bat once slotted in.

"We decided to bat first in the first [warm-up] game and in the second we decided to bowl first. We also tried out a different batting line-up and sent Seekkuge Prasanna up the order. We'll have to pick our batting order.

"We've got Kusal [Perera], Dilshan and [Lahiru] Thirimanne, they are in good form but first we have to see the conditions and the pitch. We have still not planned anything about our batting order."

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Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

I hope SA will struggle in Bangla wicket & spinners will do the trick for Lankans. India looks very comfortable to book a seat in the Semi-Finals after beating Pakistan

What a T20 WC we have

Posted by android_user on (March 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

sri lanka is the no 1 in icc t20 ranking... indians screaming, coz of the fear.. ha ha..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Chanidmal has not said sl can defeat those teams easily. But as we all know there is a problem against spin in all those teams. even AB shows some uncomfortability (just see past matches). SL,SA and NZ has good chance to progress since those teams have good batting and bowling strengths.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

This poor appointed captain has no strength and this kind of strategies never bring a cup. What we need is to go and play positively. Bat well, field and bowl well. In T20 you need a score of 160 to defend as almost every team has a batsman playing "Pol Adi" Enen SL batsmen are struggling to play spin including the master Chandimal.

Posted by anoop3301 on (March 22, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka is in an easier group here as all the other teams are from outside the subcontinent. That doesn't mean they are favorites to win this match let alone the tournament. T20 is such a fickle format, but as Chandimal has put, since opponents have a weakness, I won't be surprised if they win this match but I will still go with SA due to its superior pace attack. By the way, the SL captain has no strength of his own. lol...

Posted by AS7777 on (March 22, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

I think Chandimal got it wrong here. Pitch does not provide much spin for the bowlers and there are some grass on it too. So better to go with two spin attack either Herath and Senanayaka or Mendis and Senanayaka.

Posted by android_user on (March 22, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

I hope chandimal has an answer in the post match interview. . for ab destroying his spin attack

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 22, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

SL is in a group of teams who have specialist fast and swing bowlers!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 0:49 GMT)

Who is talking here.....I hope he has a game plan, how to tackle Tahir & Duminny. He & Kusal are the worse Sri Lankan players against spinners. Both are talented in some ways, but both are not T20 players at all. Both definitely can`t play the big shot against spinners. They are very very weak. I don`t really get these selectors, How they can select players like these head of best T20 players in Sri Lanka e.g Mubarach, Tharanga and Angelo Perera ( they are better T 20 players than any of Sri Lanka top 5 ) They have to play Mendis even he goes for runs or not, going after him in big games is a definite gamble. Sri Lanka has to play 3 spinners and 3 fast bowling all rounders if the are thinking of playing in the semis. Otherwise they can go home early.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Srilanka is in the peak of their form, and they have performed really well on their previous outings. Although they are world no. 1 in the format, the losing is on their card. So it's better avoiding statements and concentrating on their game . All the best lions.


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