Chandimal keen to end Pakistan impetus

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is determined to successfully combat the momentum gained by Pakistan in South Africa recently, ahead of this month's two-match Twenty20 International series in the United Arab Emirates.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is determined to successfully combat the momentum gained by Pakistan in South Africa recently, ahead of this month's two-match Twenty20 International series in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan drew the T20I series and won two of the three ODIs against the Proteas, subsequently securing plenty of confidence ahead of a testing two-match affair against the number one-ranked Sri Lankans in Dubai.

"They have played some really good cricket in South Africa. We aren't underestimating them – they've got a talented side," said Chandimal.

"Last time we came here, we lost the T20I unfortunately. But we've had three practice sessions and everyone is in a good mental space, and we put our heart and soul into it."

The visitors will be without the veteran Mahela Jayawardene, who was not considered due to family reasons, and have selected a host of inexperienced spinners in Seekkuge Prasanna, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake and Ramith Rambukwella.

"At the moment Rangana Herath is the number one bowler we have, but we've got to search for some young blood, added Chandimal.

"Our World Twenty20 team will be based on what happens in the next few T20s, so that's why we need to find a spin-bowling all-rounder. It's a good opportunity for everyone who is going to the World Twenty20."

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