Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan was named player of the match against Afghanistan for his unbeaten 83-run knock of 56 ballsGetty

Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has backed his team to go all the way in the current ICC T20 World Cup 2016, saying it would be a mistake to write off the defending champions after they returned to winning ways with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their opening match on 17 March, Wednesday.

The player of the series in the 2009 edition, who scored an unbeaten 83 runs off 56 balls against Afghanistan, spoke to the media about Sri Lanka's chances and criticism related to his batting form.

"We have a team where whoever gets going finishes the job for us. We can go a long way, with our brand of cricket we can beat any team. Every team has seniors who can do the job, there's no doubt about that. Whoever got the start needs to finish well. We're looking forward to do well", he said, as quoted by Firstpost.

"There is nothing special. I'm doing the same thing. I have had some bad games in the Asia Cup and in New Zealand. But I don't think I've to change my technique. Nothing has changed much, I just need to focus."

"If I'm playing like this, I don't think about retirement. I'm enjoying and chill about my batting. I've not yet decided about retirement. But you never know, one fine morning after I get up, I might think otherwise. But at the moment I've no plans."

The win against Afghanistan propelled Sri Lanka to second place in the Group 1 table. They are scheduled to face West Indies in their second game on 20 March, Sunday, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

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