Dilshan and co target World Cup 2011

Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:49 [IST]
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Our next target is 2011 WC: Dilshan

Harare: After leading his side to a convincing victory in the Tri-Series, Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said now the team would be targeting the World Cup 2011.

"We brought lots of youngsters here and they have got opportunities and done well. We are looking at World Cup. I got my form back as well. I want to carry it to the World Cup," said Dilshan, who made an unbeaten 108 in the final and helped Sri Lanka overhaul the 200-run target set by Zimbabwe with 15.2 overs to spare.

Dilshan also praised his youngsters for their contribution in helping Sri Lanka win the series.

"I am very happy. The boys have performed well. The two fast bowlers set the tone for us by bowling really well.

(Dinesh) Chandimal got a hundred and Jeevan Mendis is a good all-rounder," he said.

The skipper also thanked his teammates for supporting him in his first stint as captain of the Sri Lankan team.

"I would like to thank my team-mates for supporting me as a captain. It wasn't easy to captain and I have enjoyed it. I liked the challenge," Dilshan said.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura, meanwhile, admitted that they were completely outplayed by the Sri Lankans but said there were lots of positives to take from this series.

"Sri Lanka bowled well and put us under pressure from ball one," he said.

"There are lots of positives to get out of this tournament, especially our batsmen. Unfortunately, we are having a break after this but it's good for the next season.

"Hopefully we are going in the right way and we will keep winning more matches. Keep watching us and keep supporting us," Chigumbura said.

His teammate Brendan Taylor, who was adjudged the man-of-the-series, said he was satisfied and happy to have contributed for his side as an opener.


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