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T20 World Cup : United States beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup Super Over thriller

Emboldened by its recent success against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka batting coach Thilina Kandambi is confident that they can overcome the challenge posed by the Tigers in the T20 World Cup.

The match turned out to be a ‘do or die’ game for Sri Lanka in a bid to keep their Super 8 hopes alive following their six-wicket defeat to South Africa in the first game after being bowled out for just 77 runs.

Since two teams will move to the Super 8 phase from the group D, another defeat can be fatal for Sri Lanka. But Kandambi is confident that the players will turn the things around by keeping their composure, AFP reports.

“We had a good chat yesterday with the boys and they have realized the mistakes that they have done. Also, I think they are experienced enough to come back in this game. We have spoken about it – a lot of things, how we are going to play up,” Kandamdi said during a pre-match conference on Wednesday here.

“If the A game is not happening, how we transfer our mental approach to the B game…so, we have spoken about it. I think boys are pretty much up for it.”

Having said that he played down the pressure as the match turned out to be a virtual knock out game for them.

“I think we have played good cricket against Bangladesh in the recent past. So, we have that confidence and momentum going through this game,” he remarked.

With Sri Lanka not performing up to the mark, it is believed Bangladesh could have some extra leverage even though the Tigers, themselves, haven’t been in good form.