Match preview – Gladiators vs Stallions, 2020, final

How teams accumulate

On the surface Galle Gladiators I don’t deserve to be in this final. They won only a third of their matches in the tournament, and their opponents in the semifinals suffered several injuries in Sunday’s match. And yet, when you look at the attack, they suddenly managed to gather at the end of the tournament, you can’t even face your place.

Probably the discovery of the tournament was Dhananjaya Lakshan, who ties the ball to the right substantially and has a collection of slower balls. Nuwan Thushara, who shoots with a round arm like Lasith Malinga, was effective with the new ball and to death. Lakshan Sandakan found a T20 strategy that seemed to work for him: he frequently pushed the ball wide, while also throwing it faster than usual. Mohammad Amir led the attack, enjoying the changing conditions the tournament has seen in the last week. As if by magic, the Gladiators have three of the top five pack players in the tournament, with Sandakan taking 11 packs, while Lakshan and Amir have 10 pieces.

And yet, despite this, The Jaffna stallions they feel that their attack is still the best in the competition. Largely this is due to Wanindu Hasaranga, who was the monster of the middle tournament, taking 16 counters in total and even more impressive, maintaining an economic rate of 5.27 in the 33 overs. To put this economic rate in perspective, no other bowler who has taken a counter in the LPL can be close to matching it. The bats know they have to pay attention to his googly and yet they have given up en masse.

There is also variety here. Usman Shinwari’s rhythm can be implemented almost anywhere in the innings. Duanne Olivier played bowling much slower than he could, but worked on his control during the tournament. And as seen on Monday, Dhananjaya de Silva is an excellent support player, especially when playing left-handed (gladiators Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are both left-handed beats), and Shoaib Malik’s arrows can be effective through overs and even to death.

On the battlefront, there are fewer parties. Gunathilaka made a hard touch at the top of the half for Galle, but although they rushed to reach the modest target on Sunday, that average order still seems a little weak. Meanwhile, the stallions had runs from Avishka Fernando and Thisara Perera throughout the tournament, but there is no one in this line who can be said to be in an irresistible form.

Take care of

Gunathilaka against Stallions’ spinners

In the previous two games against the Stallions, Gunathilaka won 56 of 44 and 38 of 30 and was fired on both occasions by Hasaranga. In the end, he may have to face a different spinner before he even reaches Hasaranga. The stallions unleashed Dhananjaya de Silva’s offspin at the top of the half on Sunday, with excellent effect, and maybe they will do it again to target Gunathilaka in particular.