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Pakistan is a tremendous force: Mathews

Sri Lanka all-rounder says his team is wary of facing Pakistan in the semi-finals

Pakistan is a tremendous force: Mathews - Cricket News
Angelo Mathews is aware of the spin threat Pakistan poses.
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan all-rounder, confessed that he was wary of the Pakistan team and the threats it possesses, ahead of the semi-final clash between the two sides. 

“I think Pakistan are a tremendous force in world cricket. I think they have proven themselves by competing,” said Mathews. “On slower conditions they are really hard to beat and it comes down to performance on that day and whoever does less mistakes will obviously win.” 

Sri Lanka, which has played all its Super Eights matches in Pallekele and the group stage matches in Hambantota, will finally be playing in Colombo. Colombo has assisted the spinners and Sri Lanka, which has a number of good spinners of its own, will be wary of the spinners in the Pakistan ranks.   

“Colombo is different to Kandy. Colombo is very hot and humid and the wickets might get slower. Tackling Pakistan, we just have to be positive against them,” said Mathews. “They got very good spinners, so you got to be positive and approach in a different way.” 

Sri Lanka definitely has the home advantage and Mathews feels that his team will be able to cope with the pressure and expectations. “Any home team will feel the pressure playing at home,” he said. “There are expectations and advantages as well. It’s a mixture of all the things, and I think we should just cope up with the pressure. That is why we are professionals.” 

Speaking of the morale in the dressing room, Mathews said that Sri Lanka is confident of putting on a good show. “The team belief comes from all the individuals. You have to be self confident to make sure that the team believes in you,” he said. “I think that if you have the self confidence, and prove yourself out there then the team believes in you and this builds up the team confidence as well.  As far as the team is concerned, we are pretty confident.”

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