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Sri Lanka face T20 'headache'

Rangana Herath's has given Sri Lanka a "lovely headache" ahead of their World Twenty20 semi-final versus West Indies, says coach Paul Farbrace.

Left-arm spinner Herath claimed five wickets for three runs in 21 balls in the 59-run win against New Zealand on Monday to help his side into the last four of the competition.

The 36-year-old was picked ahead of fellow spinner Ajantha Mendis, who had proved expensive in the group defeat against England, and the two are now competing for selection for Thursday's semi-final in Mirpur.

"It's a lovely headache to have," said Farbrace. "We know we got some very high-quality spin bowlers in the team.

"There's been plenty of discussion and there will be plenty more before the coin goes up I can assure you."

Over the past seven years, Sri Lanka have fallen agonisingly short at global events. They lost the finals of the 50-over World Cups in 2007 and 2011 and World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012.

However, Englishman Farbrace views this from a positive perspective.

"You could also look at it and say 'they have done really well in most of the competitions and got to finals'. That's where teams want to be in big events," he said.

"We had a big win here in Asia Cup a few weeks ago. We beat India, we beat Pakistan twice. Not just winning but winning comprehensively. That gave our team a lot of confidence.

"We've played a lot of very close games in the last three months. When you win the, the confidence you get (makes) you believe you can win from anywhere."