ICC World Twenty20: One good ball can get Virat Kohli out, says confident Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga said Sri Lanka are confident and have bowlers who can expose the formidable Indian batting line-up. Malinga will captain Sri Lanka against India in the final of ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday.

updated: April 05, 2014 20:13 IST
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Mirpur: Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Lasith Malinga says that Virat Kohli is a great batsman but they have the bowlers who can bowl that one good delivery, which can dismiss even the greatest. "We all know Virat is a great player. But even the greatest player needs only one ball to get out. I have a good feeling that someone from my side can bowl that one good ball tomorrow," Malinga said in a confident tone ahead of Sri Lanka's ICC World Twenty20 final against India.

When asked if the contest can be billed as one between Malinga and Kohli, he tried to play it down. "We have to plan for all 20 overs. They have six or seven good batsmen. We don't think only about getting one particular batsman out. We have to focus on bowling 20 good overs. Virat is a good player, but, if he gets a good ball, he too can get out."

Malinga did not pay much importance to their practice match victory prior to the start of the tournament. "Practice match is a practice match. But a tournament match is very different, both mentally and physically. The final is a big game and the tension is completely different. Whoever plays well on the day can win," the skipper answered.

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