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ICC World T20 2014: Lasith Malinga not thinking about opponent in final

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Lasith Malinga bowled a superb spell to put Sri Lanka firmly ahead of the run-rate in the World T20 semi-final © Getty Images

Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014

Victorious captain Lasith Malinga said even though there were forecast of rain, he never hoped to win the ICC World T20 2014 semi-final against West Indies in such a manner.

“We weren’t looking for that (rain). We were only looking towards a win. We were looking to get the batsmen out early.

We got a good start before losing our way in the middle, and then Angelo (Mathews) played very well to push it to 160.

“Before the rain we knew they were behind us and we just wanted to stay above them on run rate,” the Sri Lanka skipper said.

Asked about his expectation from Sunday’s final, Malinga said, “Everyone is looking forward to the big game. We don’t have much pressure and we are not thinking about our opponent.

We are just thinking about how to improve our own game.”

Man of the Match Angelo Mathews, too, said with 160 on the board, the islanders backed themselves to come out winners.

“I am really happy that we are in the finals. After the first half we got to know that there was a chance of rain, but we didn’t play to that. We knew they had some big hitters.

Lasith then made those two strikes to get us back in the game.

But with 160 on the board, we knew we had the bowling for it,” he said.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

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Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

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Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

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