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.
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