Sri Lankan captain was bullish about his team’s chances of qualifying to the semifinals of the ongoing World T2O in Bangladesh, conceding the fact that the island nation are drawn in a group with teams that have difficulty in negotiating spin could work in their favor.
Speaking ahead of his side’s opening encounter against South Africa, Chandimal cut a confident figure as he leads a buoyant Sri Lankan side into the World T20. “The manner in which our spinners performed in the Asia Cup and [the fact that] the pitches will assist them [means] we have a good chance in this competition. We are placed in a group with teams that have difficulties at playing spin, so we have a good chance. However, we will take it one match at a time.”
Chandimal said that the immediate focus is to ensure that the team reach the semifinals, following which they will have to plab their stategies differently.
Chandimal has an enviable wealth of spin-bowling options at his disposal with the likes of Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake in their ranks. The Sri Lankans possess the right mix of variety, trickery, mystery and accuracy in their spin-bowling options.
Chandimal will have a decision to make regarding the team selection and the batting line-up after Tillakaratne Dilshan‘s return from injury. “We’ve got Kusal [Perera], Dilshan and [Lahiru] Thirimanne, they are in good nick at the moment but we will make a decision based on the pitch and the conditions. We have still not planned anything about our batting order.”