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Malinga focused on final

Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga insists the nation are only focused on Sunday's World Twenty20 final and not who they might face.

Sri Lanka secured their place in this year's final courtesy of a 27-run win over reigning champions West Indies and will now meet either India and South Africa.

Malinga the pick of the Sri Lankan attack with 2-5 from his 2.5 overs before the heavens opened and he knew getting at the Windies early would be crucial bearing the weather forecast in mind.

Lasith Malinga, leading Sri Lanka after regular captain Dinesh Chandimal opted out due to lack of form, said the rain had been a worry.

"We knew that the first six overs in their innings would be important (considering the rain) and when the rain came we knew we are ahead of them," said Malinga.

Challenging

West Indies were set a challenging 161-run target and Malinga knew they had the bowlers to progress: "We had the confidence in our bowlers to defend that total."

"Everyone is looking forward to the final and we are not thinking of anything else than to improve our performance in every match."

West Indian captain Darren Sammy was naturally disappointed but the result and he paid credit to Sri Lanka for their match-winning display.

"Credit to Sri Lanka. We have had a good run in the tournament, and it's sad we got knocked out because of D/L. That's life, but we got to move on and plan for the next tournament," he said.