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Stags will need a monumental effort to reach the semis.
The team has many Lankan nationals in their ranks. Their experience of playing at the highest level will be of magnanimous help to the squad. The batting is in regal touch with a plunderous Mahela at the top. He hit 91 runs off a meager 49 balls in the league final and sealed the win. Apart from him, captain Mubarak and veteran all rounder Kulatunga are also in good nick.
The bowling too has a lot of variety in the form of the Mendis double and Welegedara, all tried and tested successfully at the national level. Ferveez Maharoof’s return bolsters the batting and bowling.
But, Mahela and his batting will be this team’s trump card. For, that man, on his day, can be Unstoppable !!!
[T]hese latest accusations embody the claim that actually, the likes of Asif and Amir are even better than they have recently seemed. They had Australia and England on the ropes recently and could have finished them off. They merely chose not too. How skillful is that?!?
The team has lost its captain Cameron White and one of its imports, Dwayne Bravo to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians respectively. Another of its imports, Ross Taylor, has also been picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
But, they still have classy T20 players in David Hussey, their captain, Brad Hodge, the man with the most runs in this format, and Dirk Nannes, the quintessential fast bowler with a great brain.
They are slao talented local players who’ve proved themselves on the International arena like Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, Shane Harwood, Aaron Finch, and Peter Siddle. Siddle will partner Nannes in what will be a very good new ball partnership.
Matthew Wade, the guy anointed to be Gilly’s successor, is a brutal hitter of the ball and also doubles up as a keeper. Hence, the team gets more balance and can accommodate the extra bowler.