Chittagong - Sri Lanka will target a place in the semis in their match against
England in Chittagong, as action resumes after a day's rest in World
Twenty20 on Thursday.
A win will establish Sri Lanka's position in
Group One. South Africa, in the same group, will also seek an easy win
against the Netherlands, on Thursday.
However, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said his side will not take anything for granted.
are a good T20 side and we have special game plans for them but we are
never going to underestimate them," said Chandimal, whose team beat
South Africa by five runs in their opening match.
crushed the Netherlands by nine wickets after demolishing them for 39
all out -- the lowest-ever total in Twenty20 internationals.
win the first match was important for our team and it is that momentum
we carried into the second game and that is very important," said
"We know if we win one of our last two games we can make it to the semi-finals, but we are looking to win both."
England's middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara said his team is looking forward to the challenge.
is a must win game for us," admitted Bopara. "We have to win, winning
against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, which will be a big
confident boost and that's the way we are looking at it."
Bopara said England will be up to the challenge of facing paceman Lasith Malinga.
"It is tough to hit Malinga," said Bopara of the slinger Malinga, regarded as one of the best death over bowlers.
think the best way to approach him is trying to deflect him past the
gaps, and hope to get some bat on it to square, he does a very good
South African paceman Dale Steyn admitted the mood was different after a narrow two-run win over New Zealand.
think the camp would have been completely different for us had we lost
the game (against New Zealand)," said Steyn, who defended seven runs in
the last over.
"We lost the first and won the second, so its going to be like a win (means) everything from now on."
The Netherlands captain Peter Borren vowed his team will show improvement.
look at our top order and we have guys there who can really play and
have played at this level and done fine before," said Borren, whose team
remarkably beat much fancied Ireland by chasing 190 in under 14 overs
to qualify for Super-10.
"I know this team can play, I believe in
this team and I hope we can show that in the next three games. It
certainly won't be a case of damage limitation.
Title-holders the West Indies beat hosts Bangladesh in the only match in Group two on Tuesday.
Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals. The final will be played in Dhaka on April 6.