Video - Chandimal Praises 'Improved' Perera

Following his starring role in setting up a five-run win for Sri Lanka over South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20, Dinesh Chandimal praises opening batsman Kushal Perera.

Perera hit 17 runs from the opening over and went on to hit 61 in 40 balls as Sri Lanka reached 165 for seven batting first in the Group 1 match in Chittagong.

South Africa then closed on 160 for eight as Sri Lanka, runners-up in 2012, made a winning start to the competition.

After the match, Chandimal was full of praise for the right-hander, who he says has improved greatly since making his international debut in 2013.

"Yeah you know, he (Kushal Perera) played some really good cricket, you know," Chandimal said.

"Especially he got a good start. So as a batsman he is an improved cricketer.

"So I am really happy with the way he has played," he added.

Perera, whose ODI debut against Australia came at the expense of the injured Chandimal, batted right-handed until he was a teenager, when he switched to playing left-handed, modelling himself on former international Sanath Jayasuriya.

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