With my limited knowledge of Biomechanics in bowling, I'd assume that Malinga is probably the least likely bowler to chuck the ball, given him action.
I think SA will do it. The chokers lable only appears to be brought up by jealous loosers to comfort themselfes. Ah well...
They look a balanced and focused outfit as well as a homogenic unit. It will take something really special to bump them out. That is possible, of course, and in T20 cricket more than in any other form, but I would be surprised not to see them in the final. They'll probably play SL, which will mean that the 2 teams, who haven't lost a game in the tournament, are in the finals. Sounds fair enough to me...
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I am guessing it will be a SA vs WI final mainly because of Pak's mercurial nature and SL's relatively weak batting [though their excellent bowling compensates for that] .... Also Pak and SL are likely to be fed with short-pitched stuff considering how Indians struggled against it. It will be interesting to see how Pak and SL handle that
From what we have seen Lords will be quick and bouncy, Nottingham could be good for batting w/ spin coming in to play, Oval could be good for pacers
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Don't think Saffa will be too concerned about a big turning pitch, given how van der Merwe and Botha are bowling. It might not suit them absolutely perfectly, but it's not a major problem.
That's the thing about South Africa, there's no weak spots in the team at all any more. It's their tournament to lose. Which they're no doubt very capable of.
Voted SA in the poll before the tournament started, and still backing them to win this. I'd have backed Pakistan to take out WI or SL, but SA are an entirely different kettle of fish. Ideal final would be between the two best teams in the tournament - SA vs SL. Outcome would depend on how well the SA batting handle SL's attack.
Don't want to jinx my fav. team by voting in their favor. All the four teams have played superbly and truly deserve their spot. Hoping that we have 3 cracking games and a deserving Champion.
Have a feeling Sri Lanka will take it. 3M and Udana probably makes the best attack in the tournament. The only question mark is Mubarak, but then again, he seems more competent in T20 than any other format.
I'd say let Mendis bowl early against Gayle and it'll be a cake walk.
I'm hoping for a SA - SL final, as they have been the two best teams in the competition.
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I am just hoping to see a competitive finish to the tournament don't mind even if we loose its good to see Pakistan involved at the highest level after such a long drought.
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If windies are chasing, they will have to play out of their skins to win the game. It will be a close contest and I expect Windiesto pull this off.
No one expected Pak to go this far, esp after their first-game loss. So I won't count out the Green Shirts just yet. They are the best bowling T20 bowling team around (yes, better than both SA and SL) and their batting/fielding is starting to come together. If they hold their own during the first 6 overs of both innings, they'll have a serious chance of beating the mighty Proteas.
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