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T20 World Cup 2016: Tillakaratne Dilshan says Sri Lanka have ability to beat any team

Tillakaratne Dilshan said with the brand of cricket Sri Lanka is playing, they can beat any team.

Tillakaratne Dilshan also said he does not thinks that he needs to change his batting technique © Getty Images
Tillakaratne Dilshan also said he does not thinks that he needs to change his batting technique © Getty Images

Kolkata: Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan said it would be a mistake to write off the defending champions after they returned to winning ways with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 here. “We have a team where whoever gets going finishes the job for us. We can go a long way, with our brand of cricket we can beat any team,” the former Sri Lankan captain said after they chased down a victory target of 154 in their Group 1 Super 10 opener at the Eden Gardens last night. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Super 10 Group 1, Match 16 at Kolkata

After a string of three defeats in the Asia Cup and two defeats on the trot in the warmup here, Sri Lanka bounced back riding on Dilshan’s sparkling 83 not out from 56 balls to seal the win with seven balls to spare here. “Every team has seniors who can do the job, there’s no doubt about that. Whoever got the start need to finish well. We’re looking forward to do well.” ICC World T20 2016: Will continue playing Dilscoop as it makes bowlers think twice, says Tillakaratne Dilshan

Dilshan, who will turn 40 in October, was in his elements with his famous ‘Discoop’ and he said retirement was not in his mind. “If I’m playing like this, I don’t think about retirement. I’m enjoying and chill about my batting. I’ve not decided yet about retirement. But you never know, one fine morning after I get up, I might think otherwise. But at the moment I’ve no plans.”

On his batting form, he said: “There’s nothing special. I’m doing the same thing. I have had some bad games in the Asia cup and in New Zealand. But I don’t think I’ve to change my technique. Nothing has changed much, I just need to focus.” The Eden Gardens track might have come for a lot of praise after it produced a belter when Pakistan got past 200 in their big win over Bangladesh on the same track but Dilshan said it was a bit slow. “It was a bit slow and not easy to play spinners. I wanted to bat as long as possible. It’s not easy to chase 150. They put up a very good total. They batted well, especially their captain. It was not an easy target to chase.”

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