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March 26, 2014
Sri Lanka will resist the temptation the bolster their spin attack against England even though the opposition have a poor record against the turning ball. The conditions in Chittagong, which has offered help for quicker bowlers, will persuade Dinesh Chandimal to persist with the balance of attack that dispatched Netherlands for 39 and overcame South Africa.
That does not mean Sri Lanka will be short of spin options as Chandimal has Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake and Tillakaratne Dilshan to call on, but the two others in the squad, the experienced Rangana Herath and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna, will remain on the bench despite England's frailties against most forms of spin.
"These wickets are totally different to Dhaka," Chandimal said. "There was a lot of grass on the pitch in the last four or five games and there is a little bit of seam for the fast bowlers so we cannot go with more than two [specialist] spinners in these conditions."
"All the players in the squad are fit but we have not yet taken a decision on the final eleven. We need to assess the conditions tomorrow night and then decide on our best 11."
Chandimal picked Lasith Malinga and his trademark selection of yorkers and slower balls as the key weapon against England but retained respect for what Stuart Broad's team can offer even though they have only won one of their seven T20Is this year.
"He [Malinga] will come in and bowl at any time and take good wickets for us. The way he bowls it is difficult for anyone to hit sixes off him especially off the first ball.
"England are a good T20 side and we have special game plans for them. We never underestimate England they have specialised T20 players like Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales. We have something up our sleeves."
Chandimal has also challenged his team to maintain the standards they have laid down in the early stages of the tournament and not take their eye off the ball.
"Winning the first match was important. We carried that momentum into the second game against Netherlands where all the players performed very well. In the second game we showed what our standard was. We know if we win one of our last two games we can make it to the semi-finals but we are looking forward to winning both."
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