After Sri Lanka’s campaign got off in style after a victory over Afghanistan, they faced a colossal loss against a spirited West Indies unit in Bangalore. The Sri Lankans need to win both their games in order to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Their matches are lined up against England and South Africa, and things will only get cumbersome for the Angelo Mathews led unit.
The spinners will be the key to Sri Lanka’s success. According to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath will be a crucial factor. “Rangana can cause damage in the next two games against England and South Africa,” Chandimal said. “We all know they are struggling against the spinners. We’ve got Vandersay, who is a surprise package, and Sachithra as well. If those bowlers do their best, we have a good chance. We all expect a lot from Rangana, but he knows how to handle those pressure situations. I think he will have a huge role in the next two games.”
“Here, I think the pitch really helps us,” Chandimal said. “England played the first two games in the Wankhede and we all know that’s one of the best pitches India have got. In here, it’s totally different. Wickets are slow. I think we’ll have a good chance,” Chandimal said about the surface in Delhi.
“We’re struggling with the batting – especially the middle order. It can happen when you come to big games like this. We don’t have experienced guys in the middle. Guys are really working hard in practice. If our middle order clicks together, we’ll have a good chance anyway. “But, you can’t say every time that it’s our transition period. We’ve got some experienced guys, as well as youngsters. We have to put our hands up and perform for the side.”