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Surrey to unleash dangerous Dilshan

Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to make his Surrey debut in tomorrow night’s heavyweight NatWest T20 Blast showdown with South Group leaders Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

The 37-year-old, signed as an overseas replacement for South Africa Test skipper Hashim Amla, arrived today and will go straight into a Surrey squad that already includes international superstars Kevin Pietersen, Robin Peterson and Azhar Mahmood as well as in-form batsman Jason Roy.

Dilshan, who has played under Surrey head coach Graham Ford for Sri Lanka, told the club’s official website: “It is a great opportunity for me, especially at this ground. I am really enjoying it here.

“It is one of the most famous grounds in the world. I am really happy and excited to start tomorrow. It is a good challenge for me playing county cricket.

“I will come tomorrow and just play my natural game. I try to give 100 per cent to the team, not just batting but fielding and bowling as well.”

Chris Tremlett and Tom Jewell could make their first sprint-format appearances of the season, but Jade Dernbach is ruled out with a hamstring strain he sustained in LV= County Championship action this week.

Leaders Hampshire sit four points above third-placed Surrey, albeit having played two games more, and boast a number of dangermen in their side.

James Vince, Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams and hard-hitting Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell are all capable of changing a game in a short space of time.

Former England batsman Owais Shah was left out of the starting XI for the last two matches and may return, but Liam Dawson is still sidelined. 

* Surrey’s semi-final victory last season ended a run of four consecutive Hampshire wins in Twenty20 meetings between these teams.

* Danny Briggs has taken the most wickets stumped in NatWest T20 Blast 2014 – three of his 13 wickets have come this way.

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