Dinesh Chandimal
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Last Update on: January 22nd, 2018 at 04:07 pm

Sri Lankan batsman and interim skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who had somewhat enjoyed decent starts with the bat in the ongoing Tri-Nation series including the hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe while the senior campaigner is ready for the challenge before eyeing the berth for the final.

The 28-year-old right-handed batsman Chandimal has been working hard on his fitness to shape up well for the national side which has been struggling to show consistency, and he has been failing to convert his starts into big totals.

“We will discuss these among ourselves and will step into the field planning properly,” Chandimal told the media and was quoted by Bdcrictime.

Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka, Tri-Nation Series, Bangladesh, ODIs

In 125 ODI innings, Dinesh Chandimal smashed four hundreds, 21 fifties. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Why Chandimal has been appointed as a skipper during tri-nation mid-tour:

Earlier, Sri Lanka has named Angelo Mathews as a skipper which further saw the all-rounder being ruled-out for the series after suffering from the right hamstring while featuring against Graeme Cremer-led Zimbabwe at Dhaka on January 17.

Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka, Tri-Nation Series, Bangladesh, ODIs
Dinesh Chandimal wants to deliver on a regular basis. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 30-year-old Mathews returned home to miss the fixtures against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

How Chandimal has fared in previous three ODI outings:

So far, in three matches, Chandimal scored 100 which subsequently saw him smashing unbeaten 38 in Dhaka against Zimbabwe to keep the hopes alive in a bid to feature in the final after registering a convincing five-wicket win on Sunday (January 21).

Chandimal went on to assert that the players doing best for the side are further supposed to knit the innings well at stay put for the team.

“When someone gets a fine start, he has to carry the bat for a longer period of time,” Chandimal added.

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Dinesh Chandimal saw Lions home alongside Thisara Perera. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As a couple of days remaining for the all-important game, Chandimal reiterated the boys are ready for the clash as they have been sweating out profusely in the nets.

Moreover, Chandimal stated he is aiming to give his best while leading his side.

The Islanders have been struggling across format which further saw the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) overhauling the team in the past.

The fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is slated for January 25.

Chandimal wants batters to set an example:

Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka, Tri-Nation Series, Bangladesh, ODIs
Dinesh Chandimal sets eye on the final. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Chandimal is expecting to see his side coming good particularly the Lions batting line-up against the hosts Bangladesh after Bangladesh drubbed the visiting side during the day-and-night fixture by 163 runs.

“We have three days before the match against Bangladesh. Out batting unit will have to shine,” Chandimal concluded.

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Interim skipper saw Lions home against Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Talking about the comeback, Sri Lanka has shown some dedication after struggling against Zimbabwe, as the visitors will play feature in the bilateral series which includes two Tests and two Twenty20 Internationals after the culmination of the tri-series.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor