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T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka coach Silverwood does not give up on place in semi-final | Cricket News

PERTH: Sri Lankan head coach Chris Silverwood believes his team not only has the resources to not only challenge but emerge victorious and qualify for the knockout round of the T20 World Cup from a difficult Group 1.
Sri Lanka had to go through qualifiers to advance to the Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC showpiece, where they will be pitted alongside defending champions Australia, EnglandNew Zealand, Afghanistan and Ireland.
Sri Lanka started their campaign in the Super 12 with a comfortable nine wickets win over Ireland before going seven wickets to Australia on Tuesday.
But silverwood believes their win in the Asian Cup is a testament to their potential as a unit.

“Yes, I do believe that we can not only challenge in this group, but also come out victorious. I think we have shown we have the capabilities, and I think we have shown that we have the have skills within the group, and I think if we play to our potential we can get everyone close,” said the 47-year-old Englishman after the loss to Australia.
“We showed that. We showed that in the Asian Cup. The confidence within the group is growing.
“The most important thing from today (Tuesday) is of course to make sure we regroup and are ready for the next game and come back strong,” he added.
Against Australia, Sri Lanka posted a decent 157 for 6 before being blown away by Marcus Stoinis’ sensational unbeaten half-century.
Australia had a problem with 89 for 3 in the 13th, but then Stoinis came in, who just shredded the already ravaged Sri Lankan bowling attack and crushed his country’s fastest T20I fifty–59 not from 18 balls–around his side give an easy win.
“We have to give Stoinis credit there. The way he came in and played was exceptional. He showed how much power he had and clearly made it very difficult for us. We knew Australia had to come hard on us, of course, because of the run rate and what have you, but he played great, so deserve him,” said Silverwood.
Binura Fernando is the last to be on the injury list for Sri Lanka, as the left-arm pacer was forced off the field, just five balls in his gap following a hamstring injury.
Sri Lanka suffered from injuries with Danushka Gunathilaka from the start of the tournament, Dushmantha Chameera and Dilshan Madushanka already excluded.
Now Fernando is racing against the clock to be fit for Sri Lanka’s next match against New Zealand in Sydney on October 29.
“Obviously we have some bad luck at the moment around injuries, especially, as you said, in the tempo stock. We will of course assess him (Fernando). The physio is now working with him and the doctor, so we will start with find out exactly the extent of the injury and from there we will have to make some decisions,” said the coach.
“…any injury in a team during a World Cup is of course hard work. Of course we will take stock of where everyone is at the moment and make plans from there.”



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