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Chandimal targets semi spot

Captain Dinesh Chandimal has urged Sri Lanka to secure a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals with victory over England on Thursday.

Sri Lanka sit at the top of Group One after wins over South Africa and the Netherlands, while England lost their rain-affected game against New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Lasith Malinga wreaked havoc as the Dutch were dismissed for just 39 and Chandimal believes his bowling attack can also rip through England's batting order.

"It has happened and we are playing to our strengths so maybe it can happen next game also," he said.

"We never underestimate teams. England are playing some real good cricket. We have a game plan, something up our sleeve.

"To win the first match was important for our team and it is that momentum we carried into the second game and that is very important.

"We know if we win one of our last two games we can make it to the semi finals, but we are looking to win both."

Malinga remains a potent weapon for Sri Lanka in the closing overs, with batsmen struggling to score off his specialist yorkers.

Chandimal admits the paceman is pivotal to his side's hopes of winning the tournament.

"He is a really good bowler. He's one who is key to our success in the T20 format," he said.

"He gets good wickets for us - that's why we are successful. I can't hit him for a six - I never did that. I only try for boundaries against him."