Ravi Bopara: 'We must beat Sri Lanka'

Ravi Bopara of England looks on during nets practice session at Ageas Bowl on August 28, 2013
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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara admits that his side must treat their World Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka as a "must-win" game.

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has admitted that a win over Sri Lanka would act as a "big confidence boost" for his team as they look to qualify for the final stages of the World TwentyT20.

New Zealand edged out England in a rain-affected encounter on Saturday, leaving Stuart Broad's outfit facing a battle to reach the last four, and despite a second defeat not eliminating them from the tournament, Bopara has insisted that England must overcome Sri Lanka to retain realistic hopes of progression.

The 28-year-old told reporters: "It is a must-win game for us. I don't think that we knew about any of the mathematical sides to it, but we have to win.

"Winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us and a big confidence boost."

England play Sri Lanka on Thursday before facing fixtures with South Africa and the Netherlands.

Mitchell McClenaghan from New Zealand celebrates the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane during the one day international cricket match between New Zealand and India at Seddon Park in Hamilton on January 22, 2014
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