Sri Lanka is all set to face dominant hosts Bangladesh in a must-win clash today in Dhaka to make it to the final of the One Day International Tri-series on 27 January at the same venue.
Although the Islanders made a poor start in the tri-nation series, they successfully turned their fortunes with improved performances and are just one step away from the title clash, where they will face Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on 27 January.
On Wednesday, Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal revealed the reason behind their success, saying their defeats in the first games pushed his boys to improve their performances.
As per Cricbuzz, Chandimal told reporters in Dhaka, “In this kind of tournament, if you lose the first two games, it’s always tough. But sometimes, it gives you more confidence and morale to come back strong. As a team, we’re looking at it that way. We will have something up our sleeves as a team, and we’re hoping to get a good result tomorrow. We need to play it like any other game. We need to focus on what we can control. That’s what we’re going to do as a team.”
The 28-year-old went to further added that Bangladesh, which already reached the final of the tournament, are tough to beat at their home soil. He added, “We all know that Bangladesh – when they are playing on home soil – are really good as a team. They’ve played some outstanding cricket through this series, so the credit goes to the Bangladesh team.”
Chandimal signed off by saying, “We can all make mistakes. Cricket is like that. They're on their home soil but as a team we need to play to our strengths. That's what we want to do.”