File photo of Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson.IANSThe leadership group at SRH is perhaps the strongest and at its helm is one of the most astute minds in world cricket — Kane Williamson. The backroom staff of SRH is fantastic and they are like a family who does not put unnecessary pressure on the players. The like of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muthiah Muralitharan are more like catalysts and enablers that help the players play their natural game by expressing their own skills in the ways they know best. Weaknesses The batting form of Manish Pandey has not been great and David Warner is returning after a long layoff. Thus, the pressure of run scoring will fall heavily on the shoulders of Williamson. The team has a decent middle-order but none of them can be ascertained as match-winners. Yusuf Pathan is a difference maker on his day but he is towards the end of his career. Read: Predicted playing XIsOpportunities SRH has the perfect opportunity to lift another title. They have one of the most balanced teams heading into the tournament and like they always do, they purchased very shrewdly in the auction this time too. The likes of Rashid Khan, David Warner, Bhuvi and Williamson are all big match players who can turn games on their own. Thus, another strong season is expected in Hyderabad. This IPL will provide Warner with the perfect opportunity to get back to a high standard of cricket. Following his ban, the left-hander has played club level cricket which is a far cry from international standards. Thus, he will see the IPL as an opportunity to get back into shape for the upcoming World Cup. Threats SRH has a lot of players who perform a similar role which gives the management a headache in terms of keeping the entire camp motivated and happy. Shakib Al-Hasan and Mohammad Nabi have similar jobs; the five pacers will not get a game every time; Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha and Sreevats Goswami will be vying for the same role. Even Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda are similar types of players. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:19Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Squad Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Siddarth Kaul, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Shakib Al-Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill Close One would not ideally fancy Sunrisers Hyderabad to be tough competitors in the Indian Premier League but it is a team everyone likes. They are every opposition fan’s second favourite team but within the camp, they have been able to foster an atmosphere of success. SRH finished runners up last season despite their campaign tailing off slightly after a bright start. This season, they have bid goodbye to Shikhar Dhawan but will welcome David Warner back to the fold. The franchise has also acquired the services of Vijay Shankar who came their way in a trade which involved Dhawan going to the country and tournament’s Capital. Here’s taking a look at SRH’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Strengths The team is filled with quality Indian seam bowling options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed. This gives them the opportunity to stack their batting and all-rounders with overseas players. In Bhuvi and Kaul, they have quality death bowlers too. The plethora of options also allows the captain to pick and choose depending on the conditions while keeping everyone fresh. Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 finals Tom Moody has impressed with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPLIANSIf the mystery of Rashid Khan is decoded, the bowling attack suddenly looks much less threatening. In the age of technology, it may so happen that the opposition does figure him out and that remains a constant threat.
Model Stella Maxwell presents a creation.ReutersStella Maxwell scorched the runway at the CR runway x LUISAVIAROMA 90th Anniversary Show in Florence, Italy. The gorgeous model has reportedly gotten back with Twilight star Kristen Stewart.The Victoria’s Secret Angel, put her svelte frame on display in all its glory when she modelled skimpy underwear. Apparently, golden and silver chains were slung around her neck for dramatic effect when the blonde bombshell strutted her stuff down the catwalk.The model dominated the runway and oozed sex appeal, she accessorized her look with PVC fingerless biker gloves. The model accentuated her beautiful features with a smokey make-up palette and she blow dried her hair straight for the occasion. Stella sure looked fierce at the show, maybe it has something do with her ex Kristen Stewart? The pair recently got back together after splitting up at the end of last year. Stella and Kristen are said to have rekindled their romance, according to a source confiding in US Weekly. Lady Gaga performs with model Stella Maxwell.ReutersKristen Stewart will soon appear in the Charlie’s Angels re-boot directed by Elizabeth Banks and co-starring Naomi Banks from Aladdin and Ella Balinska. A source at the time of the break up told E! News: ‘Kristen and Stella are still in touch, but decided it was best to see other people.’The source went on to say that the pair started to disagree on things and it stopped being fun. Kristen then went to Germany to film and they realised that the relationship had run its course and they needed a change. However, the pair seems to have gotten back together and it looks like they are having fun again. You can check out the video here:
People take part in a rally to protest against the failure of the government and international peacekeepers to stem rising ethnic and jihadist violence, in the Malian capital of Bamako. Photo: ReutersMali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation and that of his government two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence.Lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties had submitted a motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday, blaming Maiga and his administration for failing to clamp down on the unrest.”A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces” from both the ruling and opposition sides, the statement from Keita’s office said.The president had on Tuesday said in a televised address that he had “heard the anger”, without explicitly naming the prime minister.The government had come under mounting pressure over its handling of violence in the restive Mopti region and especially a massacre on 23 March in which 160 people were killed in the village of Ogossagou near the border with Burkina Faso.Members of the Dogon ethnic group — a hunting and farming community with a long history of tensions with the nomadic Fulani people over access to land — were blamed for the mass killing.An AFP reporter at the time said many homes in the village had been burned down and the ground was littered with corpses.The Fulani have also been accused of supporting a jihadist preacher, Amadou Koufa, who rose to prominence in central Mali four years ago.So-called self-defence groups emerged in the Dogon community with the declared role of providing protection against the insurgents.But the militia, called the Dan Nan Ambassagou, also used its powers to attack the Fulani, and was ordered to be dissolved after the village massacre.Islamist threatTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bamako on 5 April to protest against the upsurge of violence, accusing the government of not doing enough to stop it.The protest was called by Muslim religious leaders, organisations representing the Fulani community, opposition parties and civil society groups.Mali has been struggling to restore stability since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country’s vast desert north in early 2012.While the jihadists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation that began in January 2013, huge areas are still in the grip of lawlessness, despite a 2015 peace agreement with some armed groups that sought to definitively stamp out the Islamist threat.Since then, militants have shifted from the north towards the more densely populated centre of the country, where they have sharpened ancient rivalries and ethnic conflicts that date back years.Jihadist attacks have also spread to Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.March’s attack was the deadliest in Mali since the 2013 French-led military intervention.In the aftermath of the massacre, Keita visited the village and vowed to beef up security and enforce justice.