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Malinga wants to leave Bangladesh with win

Update : 05 Apr 2014, 05:42 PM

Sri Lanka’s stand in Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga informed his side will like to end their three months stay in Bangladesh on a winning note when they face India in the ICC World Twenty20 final today.

The islanders kicked off their Bangladesh campaign with a bilateral series against the hosts followed by a successful Asia Cup and now the World Twenty20.

“We’ve been playing a lot of cricket in Bangladesh. Everyone is looking forward to doing their job and giving 100% to the national team. We won the Asia Cup, and tomorrow (today) is a good opportunity for us to prove ourselves once more. Everyone trusts us to give our best. If we do that, given that we’re used to the pitches and the conditions here, we should have a good chance,” said Malinga during the pre-match conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

The Lanka spearhead informed to approach the game like any other T20 game as it will allow them to play without the pressure of a final.

“We all know it is a final but we have to treat it as a normal T20 game. That’s the way we are approaching it, and then you don’t take any extra pressure,” said Malinga.

Malinga led the side in the semifinal after regular T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal opted himself out for poor form and made way for Lahiru Thiramanne. However, Malinga informed that even if Chandimal plays today, he will not be leading the side.

“Chandimal led us well in the first few matches. He is a promising up and coming player. Lahiru got his chance and proved how good he is. We haven’t decided our team for tomorrow (today). We have to look at the pitch and decide what kind of combination we want. Everyone has a good chance of being selected. Chandimal also has a good chance of playing tomorrow (today),” said the 30-year-old.

Virat Kohli has been in tremendous form with the bat for India, but Malinga suggested they will plan for the full game as the Indian team contains other threatening batsmen too. “We have to plan for all 20 overs. They have six or seven good batsmen. We don’t think only about getting one particular batsman out. We have to focus on bowling 20 good overs. Virat is a good player, but, if he gets a good ball, he too can get out,” he said.

The Sri Lankan team will be handed a million dollar bonus if they can shake off their reputation as chokers in the final of the World Twenty20, the country's cricket board announced on Friday. But this is not a concern for the side informed Malinga.

“We don’t think about how much money we will get. We play because we love to represent Sri Lanka. There is a Sri Lankan brand of cricket and we try to play that every day and tomorrow (today) is no different. We won’t be thinking about what money we may get,” said Malinga.

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