19Mar2020
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 2 foreign players from each team for your fantasy team,
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 2 foreign players from each team for your fantasy team The Indian Premier League is, quite simply, the most lucrative, star-studded cricket tournament in the world. The trend of franchise-based cricket started through IPL and many such competitions like Big Bash have started in different parts of the world. The success of IPL has laid down the foundations for all the other leagues. The only thing that differentiates Indian domestic circuit from IPL, other than the massive volumes of money involved, is the inclusion of foreign players. The main objective of the league of 'finding new talent' was taken care of by ensuring only four foreign players make it to the playing XI. There have been many foreign players who have had a great impact in IPL. Let us have a look at top 2 foreign players from every team to have in your fantasy team. Mumbai Indians: 1. Kieron Pollard : Mumbai Indians have a power-packed foreign roster and it is a difficult task to pick the best among that lot. However, looking at the history, it is certain that Kieron Pollard can be termed as Mumbai's best overseas player.Pollard has always stood and delivered whenever the Mumbai Indians have needed him.A monumental IPL record of 2755 runs at a strike rate of 146 and 56 wickets clearly prove that he has been Mumbai's man for all seasons. 2. Trent Boult : Mumbai Indians seem to have all their bases covered now with the arrival of Trent Boult. They had a couple of fast bowlers who are the best in the business in terms of bowling at the death. What they were lacking at times was someone to make inroads up front and Boult is the ideal fit for the job.The New Zealander is an outstanding swing bowler and the fact that he swings the ball from the left arm over the wicket angle; it adds another dimension to their bowling attack. He has got the natural variation which takes the ball away from the right-handers and when he gets it to swing in, it catches the right-handers in no man’s land most of the time. Rajasthan Royals: 1. Steven Smith : Steven Smith is going to be one of the most vital components of the Rajasthan Royals squad. He is one of the top players of this generation in international cricket with an outstanding record in all formats.Rajasthan Royals management would want him to score big runs for the franchise as he has done for the Australian National Team. Smith has scored 2022 runs in 81 matches during his IPL career, at an average of 37.44 and a strike rate of 128.95. He scored 319 runs in IPL 2019 along with three half-centuries. 2. Ben Stokes : Ben Stokes made his IPL debut in 2017 for the Rising Pune Giants . He hit a century during his maiden IPL season. He has the talent to be a vital cog in the Rajasthan Royals setup. Although he did not perform to his full potential in IPL 2018 and 2019, he has been in good form for the English cricket team in 2019 and played some really blistering knocks recently.Rajasthan Royals management would want him to repeat the same performance for his franchise as he has done for the English national team. Stokes has scored 635 runs in 34 matches in his IPL career so far at an average of 22,67 with a high score of 103. In 2019, he scored 123 runs at an average of 20.50 with a high score of 46 and also took 6 wickets. Chennai Super Kings: 1. Sam Curran : Sam Curran is a slingy left-arm bowler who can get the ball to tail away from the right-handers towards the end of the innings on dusty pitches of Chepauk as one side of the ball would often get roughed up on those surfaces. Curran can also be a very handy middle-order batsman. He is not the most powerful striker of the ball, but he has got a big range of shots. He can cut the ball over backward point, can go over extra-cover, can go straight and can pull the ball over the square leg as well. He is a complete all-rounder. 2. Lungi Ngidi : One of the most promising fast bowlers on the international circuit, Lungi Ngidi can play a key role for CSK if he gets it right. The fast bowler was among the key reasons South Africa crushed Australia 3-0 at home in the recent one-day series. Ngidi has come up with a number of match-winning efforts in a short career. He was the Man of the Match on his T20I debut against Sri Lanka and again on Test debut versus India. In the IPL last year, he put in a memorable performance with 4 for 10 against Kings XI Punjab. CSK will expect more of the same from him. Kolkata Knight Riders: 1. Eoin Morgan : Eoin Morgan can be the link between the top order and the lower middle order of Kolkata Knight Riders.While he has not played in the IPL a lot in the recent years, Morgan has still got a fair bit of experience of playing in the subcontinent conditions as he has been visiting this part of the world regularly as captain of England's white ball teams. Morgan can sweep and reverse-sweep which helps him manipulate the field on both sides, but he can also loft the ball inside out over extra-cover. The left-hander can go straight down the ground against spinners as well. 2. Andre Russell : Andre Russell was unstoppable with the bat last year and snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat on multiple occasions for KKR. He annihilated bowling-attacks and played some unbelievable knocks throughout the season. The Jamaican smashed 510 runs at an outstanding average of 56.66 and a jaw-dropping strike-rate of 204.81. He picked up crucial wickets with the ball too and ended up with 11 wickets in 14 matches. He was also named the most valuable player of the tournament. KKR will hope that Russell repeats his last year's heroics this year too. Kings XI Punjab: 1. Chris Jordan : Kings XI Punjab struggled a lot with their death bowling in IPL 2019. They had an upper hand on the opposition for the first 16 overs in most of the games, but they lost the plot towards the end and it happened because of the lack of a good death bowler. Chris Jordan can solve the issue for the franchise this season. Jordan has got a terrific yorker, but he can’t be lined up for the fuller length only as he is quick enough to bang the ball short too. He also bowls slower ball bouncers and hardly ever gets predictable. 2. Glenn Maxwell : The only time KXIP reached the finals of the IPL, Glenn Maxwell was the major architect. After a season with Delhi and a year of skipping the IPL, Maxwell is back again with KXIP. As evident from the last two seasons, KXIP’s poor middle-order not being able to capitalize on the platform set by the openers cost them numerous games. However, with an in-form Maxwell in the side, the middle-order now boasts a formidable look. The much-needed finishing role now lies in the safe hands of Maxwell. The Aussie all-rounder is also a more than handy off-spinner who is known for giving crucial breakthroughs. KXIP will be hoping Maxwell to repeat his form of the 2014 season. Delhi Capitals: 1. Shimron Hetmyer : It’s not too long ago that Hetmyer scored an ODI hundred against India in Chennai which left many people awestruck. It’s not just the runs that Hetmyer scored, the manner in which he scored them blew people’s minds. It was not a very easy wicket to bat on, as the ball was gripping and turning a little bit, but Hetmyer was extremely quick in picking the length of the spinners. He was very clear in his head whether he had to commit forward or back, as he dispatched the Indian bowlers all around the park on his way to a world-class hundred. He can be Delhi’s X-factor this IPL. 2. Marcus Stoinis : While the Australian selectors ignored all-rounder Marcus Stoinis despite his fantastic BBL showing, Delhi Capitals have placed their faith in him. In 17 matches in the BBL for Melbourne Stars, Stoinis smashed 705 runs at an average of 54.23 and a strike rate of 136.62 with one hundred and six fifties, the most by any batsman in a BBL season.If you look at his IPL performance last year, Stoinis played 10 matches and notched up 211 runs at a strike rate of 135.25. He played a few nice cameos, but couldn’t contribute much with the ball. Delhi too will expect Stoinis to come up with the big hits. They can also use him as a floater in the batting order. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1. Aaron Finch : Aaron Finch has got two 150 plus scores to his name in T20 international cricket which is enough to suggest his potential with the bat. Finch’s precision with his stroke-play is what makes him one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. Finch is not a hit-and-miss slogger who is unreliable. He has got a method to his power-hitting. He has got the shots for different lengths. If he is playing well, you can’t just stop him by changing your length, as he can play with both vertical and horizontal bat. 2. Moeen Ali : Moeen Ali had a terrific outing in the IPL last year as he was one of the best players for RCB. He has played in only two editions of the IPL but has been a part of several T20 leagues all around the world. Speaking of his numbers in the cash-rich league first, the Birmingham-based player aggregated 220 runs in 11 matches last year with a splendid strike rate of 165.41. He also picked up six wickets with his right-arm off-spin. He has played 158 T20 matches in his career, amassing 3,393 runs and taking 108 wickets. These statistics indicate that he has a lot of experience under his belt. Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1. Mohammad Nabi : Sunrisers Hyderabad have not used Mohammad Nabi in the best possible manner in the last few years. He has been slotted way too low in the batting order, which has not allowed him to showcase his full range of strokes. Nabi has got the power game and he can be used to provide impetus to the innings in the middle overs when the spinners are bowling.Nabi’s off-spin bowling is the icing on the cake. He is one of those off-spinners who can bowl against the right-handers as well, as he doesn’t quite turn the ball. His trajectory and accuracy are the two major components of his bowling. 2. Jonny Bairstow : Jonny Bairstow is a wicket-keeper batsman who made his IPL debut in 2019 in which he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has scored 445 runs from 10 matches at an average of 55.62, striking at 157.24. The Warner-Bairstow duo was the most destructive batting pair in the IPL 2019; scoring 1,100+ runs combined. SRH management will continue to keep faith on him to replicate his last year's performance in this season, too.
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19Mar2020
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: IPL fantasy - Bowlers vs Batsmen Performance,
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: IPL fantasy - Bowlers vs Batsmen Performance One of the reasons for IPL's success is the entertaining brand of cricket it has produced. Each match has one major clash between bat and ball, as well as one between two individual players. Though cricket is a team game, player battles do play an important part in a match. The IPL has played host to various engaging duels between players, which have even turned ugly on occasions. But most of the time, they're well spirited, enjoyed by both the players, and make for splendid viewing. Let's take a look at the top Bowlers vs Batsman performance to look out for this IPL. 4. Kuldeep Yadav vs AB De Villiers : De Villiers has no pressure of international cricket any more, and can play with freedom and express himself fully on the pitch. It will be a delight to see him light up the evening sky with his wide range of shots and elegant manner of executing them. It's hard to find someone who's as magical as ABD and yet makes it look so easy and right now, there's a bowler who comes close to that - Kuldeep Yadav.He has bamboozled the best in the business; his stats illustrate how clinical he has been for India in the recent past. RCB vs KKR has always been a high-octane fixture, with many entertaining matches being played in the past. It will be great to watch who can outsmart whom this season, and whether Mr. 360 or Kuldeep will emerge the winner. 3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman vs Rishabh Pant: Both Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab had quite average run last season. But they have worked well in the off-season to draft a good squad. People might think these are the only things common between the Delhi Capitals and the Kings XI Punjab. But there is a minute detail that often goes unnoticed: both sides believe in young players and promote them.Mujeeb Ur Rahman is an example of the right combination of talent and opportunity. The Afghan was on course to win the Emerging Player award in 2018 but lost it to another youngster's heroics. Rishabh Pant, who won the Emerging Player award, also won the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award. Both Mujeeb and Pant have created ripples with their unorthodox style of going about their business. While Mujeeb weaves magic with the ball in hand, Pant specializes in hitting any bowler out of the park. Mujeeb currently holds the upper hand in the contest between the two. He picked up Pant's wicket 3 times now.But again, a lot has changed since then. Pant has turned into a charismatic batsman with a little toned-down aggression, while Mujeeb has turned even more miserly and is now incredibly hard to get runs off. It'll be a treat to watch these two young players battle it out. 2. Jasprit Bumrah vs Jos Buttler : Buttler hasn't got enough credit for what he's done, and he doesn't seem to be affected by it. Those effortless classical strokes, that ruthless bludgeoning of the ball and those delicate scoops and chips all seem to be under complete control when he's batting. The cold, calculating look in his eyes surprises you when he unleashes the shot, for all that comes out is heat - and the heat oppresses the bowler and torments him.The utter ease which with he plays his shots reminds me of another player who didn't care about what people said and went about his style of playing the game, however unorthodox it may have been. Jasprit Bumrah at first didn't catch the eye of viewers with his energetic pace and bounce, yorkers or deceptive slower ones. Instead, he grabbed their attention with his unique, 'weird' and confusing bowling action. The angle it created made things difficult for the batsmen and once Bumrah learnt to control it, he became a menace to face. What will happen when these two players go up against each other? Bumrah got the better of Buttler the first time they met, but Buttler owned the show in their second meeting. 1. Rashid Khan vs Virat Kohli : When Rashid Khan first burst on to the scene, no one would have imagined him bowling well against the batting greats. But now, the very fans of those batsmen shiver in fear when the young leggie has the ball in hand.Rashid genuinely turns the ball both ways. Even after hours of poring into TV screens, analysts can't say with certainty that they can read him off the hand. This isn't just unpredictability, but spin bowling of a higher level. You certainly can't confine him to one kind of ball, so with Rashid, you have to take it one ball at a time. He has bamboozled the best in the business and has scalped many worth a million pounds.If there is one batsman who is an able match to face Rashid, it is Virat Kohli. Kohli represents an unceasing, classical and consistent style of batting which no one has been able to reproduce. His ability to brush bowlers aside and dictate terms is remarkable, and the way he sets himself up to play the big shots by getting into the bowlers' mind is incredible. When Kohli and Rashid go head to head, it's a personal challenge for both of them. While the two modern greats are real gentlemen, on the field there's no room for mercy.
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19Mar2020
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 5 Uncapped Players to pick for this season on CricBattle,
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 5 Uncapped Players to pick for this season on CricBattle Indian Premier League was conceived with the notion to bring the biggest celebrities under one fatty, rich umbrella through a unique allotment process-auctioning. But, what the game witnessed was a proliferation of unknown domestic cricketers playing eye to eye with global legends. More than IPL flooding BCCI's financial pockets, it heralded a new revolution for the country's domestic cricket circuit, bringing to the light more prodigies than ever; somewhere easing the task of national selectors to find the true champions of the game. IPL hence has been a unique story of unsung heroes, dark horses, overnight stars, and a magnanimous learning arena for youngsters. 1. Suryakumar Yadav – Mumbai Indians: Despite playing alongside the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard at Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav has stood out in the batting department. In IPL 2018, Yadav amassed 512 runs in just 14 matches with his average being 36.57. He scored these runs at a decent strike rate of 133.33. Though his numbers took a dip in the 2019 edition of the IPL, he still scored over 400 runs in 16 matches. His highest score in IPL 2019 was 71* wherein he registered two half-centuries. Yadav has been the epitome of consistency for Mumbai Indians and he will be a player to watch out for this Season. 2. Yashasvi Jaiswal – Rajasthan Royals: The stylish left-hander from Mumbai needs no introduction as he was the 'Player of the Tournament; of the U-19 World Cup 2020. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored runs at will and looked a class above the rest. Coming from a humble background, Jaiswal had to endure a lot of struggles to make it big. Even before his dream run at the U-19 World Cup, Rajasthan Royals realized the potential in this wunderkind and splurged a sum of ?2.4 cr to secure his services for IPL 2020. Life came a full circle for Jaiswal and his rags-to-riches journey will now surely inspire countless cricketers like him to take up the game and make it big on the world stage. IPL 2020 will hence serve as the perfect platform for Jaiswal to make the transition to the big league and show the world that he has 'indeed arrived'. 3. Shreyas Gopal – Rajasthan Royals: The demand for leg-spinners in T20 cricket is sky high and there is a cut-throat competition prevailing in the Indian team as well. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are now fighting for one spot in the team but there is one wildcard in this race named Shreyas Gopal. The right-arm leg-spinner from Karnataka impressed a lot with his bowling skills in the last two IPL seasons. Donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey, Gopal featured in 11 matches of IPL 2018 where he scalped 11 wickets with his best figures being 4/16. The 2019 edition of IPL proved to be the best of Gopal’s career as he picked up 20 wickets in 14 games for Rajasthan. His economy rate of 7.22 shows that he kept a strict check on the run-flow and if he betters his performance in 2020, he may soon break into the Indian team. 4. Ravi Bishnoi – Kings XI Punjab: Touted as India's next spin wizard, Ravi Bishnoi made heads turn with his bowling performances in the U-19 World Cup 2020. He ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets in 6 matches at an unearthly average of 10.6. The young leg-spinner has a lethal googly in his repertoire which he frequently used to bamboozle batsmen in the World Cup.Even before his exploits for India in the World Cup he had attracted eyeballs in the Youth One-Dayers picking up 12 wickets in 7 matches at an economy of 4.37 which helped him in getting picked up by KXIP for IPL 2020 at a handsome price of ?2 cr. With Anil Kumble at the helm of affairs in the Punjab setup, Bishnoi can only expect to grow from his association with the franchise. 5. K Gowtham – Kings XI Punjab: Former Rajasthan Royals star, Krishnappa Gowtham stole the show with his all-round brilliance for the Jaipur-based franchise in IPL 2018. He scored 133 runs at a blistering strike rate of 196.87 while also taking 11 wickets with the ball. Unfortunately, he could not continue his fine form in IPL 2019. Since the Rajasthan Royals had bought him for a high price, the owners traded him out to Kings XI Punjab ahead of IPL 2020 Auction. Under the guidance of Anil Kumble, Gowtham will look to make an impact for the Preity Zinta-owned franchise as the fans would monitor the upcoming all-rounder’s performances.
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12Mar2020
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 5 Wicket Keepers to pick for this season on CricBattle,
CricBattle IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top 5 Wicket Keepers to pick for this season on CricBattle As the fantasy cricket rule demands you must have a wicket keeper in your fantasy team. Now a days we have allowed the users to keep more than one wicket keeper in their fantasy team. The Wicket Keepers will get you fantasy points at any cost, either they score a century or score a duck, because you will get points for their wicket keeping skills. You will get 10 points if the wicket keeper takes a catch, which is obvious. You will be credited with 20 points whenever a wicket keeper stumps a batsman. As spinners dominates in the IPL you are going to see much more stumping’s behind the stump. So my suggestion would be to pick at least two wicket keepers in your fantasy team. Here are 5 Wicket Keepers, who will give you maximum points on Cricbattle in this season of IPL. 5. Quinton de Kock – Mumbai Indians: The South African Limited Overs teams Captain and Mumbai Indians opening batsman Quinton de Kock is undoubtedly the best wicket keeper in the world at the moment when it comes to wicket keeping skills. He is in red hot form at the moment, de Kock led his team to a series victory against Australia recently where he led his team from front with the bat. Quinton de Kock joined Mumbai Indians in the 2019 season. His attacking style is exactly what MI needed at the top and the left-hander did provide them with some brisk starts which helped Mumbai Indians to win the 2019 IPL trophy. He bats in the power-play where he has the chance of making the most of the runs through boundaries which will give you some bonus points. Not only has De Kock got the power game, but he is also very good at finding gaps too and is one of the most dangerous batsmen to deal with during the power-play period. In the last IPL season he scored 529 runs in 16 matches with a strike rate of 132.91. He smashed 45 fours, 25 sixes, took 17 catches and stumped 2 batsman behind the stumps. 4. Rishabh Pant – Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant doesn’t open the batting for Delhi Capitals, but he doesn’t come lower down the order either. He bats at no. 4 for them and walks out there when the spinners are bowling which gives him the chance to score runs quickly because he is a wonderful player of spin, especially if a left-arm spinner or a leg spinner is bowling. In case a left-arm spinner or a leg spinner is bowling to Pant, the ball turns into him and he can hit the ball in the arc. 3. Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals: Not only is Jos Buttler one of the best stroke players in the world, but Rajasthan Royals also makes the most of his abilities by slotting him right at the top of the order. Buttler is comfortable against both pace and spin bowling and since he has the opportunity to bat full 20 overs for the Royals, the chances of him putting on a big score for Rajasthan are quite high. 2. MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni is one of the best in the business. He has fast hands and affects lightning-quick stumps and is safe as a house as a catcher. Moreover, he is one of the best finisher’s Indian cricket has ever seen. Dhoni’s numbers are simply fabulous. There’s no question about it. 1. Lokesh Rahul – Kings XI Punjab: Kings XI Punjab may well have arguably the best wicket-keeper batsman in T20 cricket at the moment. It’s hard to look past KL Rahul these days in the shortest format. He’s been simply brilliant for the Indian team in the recent past. The Karnataka lad has taken over as India’s premier glove man as well. Moreover, Rahul has been superb in the IPL over the last couple of seasons and has consistently got runs for KXIP at the top of the order. He’s been their most important batsman. He will also lead the side this year.
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21Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs Bangladesh on November 22,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs Bangladesh on November 22 India’s opening Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Stadium in Indore turned out to be a one-sided affair as the hosts won by an innings and 130 runs. It’s now time for the day-night affair at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The game under the lights have been the point of the tour with both teams, yet to play a game of such nature.Bangladesh will look to register their first points on the points table of the ICC World Test Championship.The visitors were bulldozed by an innings and 130 runs in the opening Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Mominul Haque and Co will have to perform much better in the upcoming match if they wish to salvage something out of the tour. The performances of Mushfiqur Rahim and Abu Jayed were the only bright spots for Team Bangladesh in the first match, as the Indian team outplayed them in all three departments. However, they will try to forget their previous performance and look to make history in Kolkata by winning their first ever Test against India. Best economical pick– Fast forward a year later, and Mayank Agarwal is making headlines again with his stupendous show against Bangladesh. In the first Test the opener scored a stunning 243, his second Test double hundred of the year, to follow up a splendid 215 against South Africa last month. Agarwal has forged a formidable opening partnership alongside Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, and it looks like the pair is likely to stay together for a long time. Top captains & vice captains – This will be India's last Test before their New Zealand tour, and captain Virat Kohli will try to get some runs under his belt ahead of the overseas assignment. The Delhi-born superstar scored a rare duck at the Holkar Stadium but given how talented he is, we can expect him to bounce back in style at Eden Gardens. Kohli has been practicing with the pink ball in the nets. Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's most experienced player, waged a lone battle against the hosts in his side's ICC World Test Championship opener. Rahim emerged as the top scorer in both the innings, with scores of 43 and 64. The wicketkeeper-batsman was batting magnificently in the first innings before a classic in-swinger from Mohammed Shami rattled his stumps. Smart pick –Mohammed Shami has formed a fantastic partnership with his teammates Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, as the trio have been regularly decimating opposition batting line-ups even in home Tests. While Ishant and Yadav will be significant factors at Kolkata, all eyes will be on Shami because he has played a lot of cricket at this venue. Cautions Pick –Whether it is his stroke selection or his untidy wicket-keeping skills, Wridhiman Saha is under considerable pressure and with Pant in the squad, this could be a crucial game for the Bengal glovesman. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim(Vice-Captain), Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Abu Jayed, Umesh Yadav, Ravichadran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Mithun, Imrul Kayes
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20Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs Pakistan on November 21,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs Pakistan on November 21 Things are back to normal for Australia with their seasoned campaigners Steve Smith and David Warner back in whites at home. They are coming off an exciting Ashes series and will be hoping that their struggling batting line-up apart from Smith scores runs. The pace bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins is back at the helm while Joe Burns also returns to the side. The unpredictable Pakistan side brings a lot to the table on this tour with a lot of changes to their Test side. Azhar Ali, the new captain, and the new coach Misbah-ul-Haq will be keen to re-write history and clearly, this team promises a lot more. Naseem Shah has been talked up a lot more in the lead up to the series and is set to make his Test debut while Babar Azam is finally looking primed to stamp his authority in the whites. Overall, an enthralling game at The Gabba can be expected and if Pakistan live up to their promise, Australia might have a tough time like they had against India last season. Best economical pick– Josh Hazlewood has cemented his spot as the mainstay of the Australian bowling attack since his debut in 2014. Although he missed out getting selected in Australia’s limited-overs side of late, the move paid off well. The 28-year old finished the Ashes series in England among the highest wicket-takers, taking 20 wickets in four matches at an average of 20.27. Top captains & vice captains –It was in the Ashes series in England that Steve Smith marked his return to Test cricket in more than a year and almost single-handedly laid the foundation for Australia to retain the urn. The 30-year old received the player of the series award for scoring 774 runs at an average of 110.25 with no other batsmen coming close in matching his peerless display throughout the series. The number one Test bowler in the world is all set to unleash himself at home after a rich vein of form in the Ashes series on English soil. In the wake of Australia’s ball-tampering scandal, Pat Cummins became a silver lining for the team with his spectacular performances. In the months succeeding that, the New South Wales lad burst into the scene as the most valuable player for the national team in all the aspects. Smart pick –Babar Azam is the most level-headed and disciplined batsman in Pakistan’s line-up. His confident strokes and footwork, especially the cover drive, exudes plenty of faith and belief. While there is no doubt that Babar possesses the skill and the expertise to tackle the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon, the rest of the batsmen also have to back him. Cautions Pick –The dynamic opening batsman David Warner had a torrid return to Test cricket in the Ashes where he managed to score just 95 runs in the series. His technique against the swinging ball was exposed by England’s Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer. My XI – Steve Smith (Captain), Pat Cummins (Vice-Captain), Babar Azam, Josh Hazlewood, Asad Shafiq, Naseem Shah, Marnus Labuschane, Matthew Wade, Azhar Ali, Harris Sohail, Tim Paine
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20Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs England on November 21,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs England on November 21 New Zealand and England will take their cricketing rivalry into the Test arena Thursday after finding themselves evenly matched in recent limited-overs thrillers. England has bragging rights after winning a roller coaster World Cup final in July, then edging the Black Caps 3-2 in a desperately close Twenty20 series completed earlier this month. Both the one-day decider and T20 series needed tie-breakers to find a winner and there will be no shortage of mutual respect when the rivals face off again Thursday in the First Test. On paper, there again appears to be little to separate the teams, with New Zealand second in the Test rankings and England third. But England skipper Root is painfully aware that his team underperformed when it lost a two-Test series in New Zealand last year after underestimating the Black Caps' bowlers on their home turf. Pacemen Boult and Southee bundled the tourists out for 58 in the first innings of the opening Test as England tried to play what Root described as "fast forward" cricket. England’s skipper said his team would be taking a more measured approach this time, with batsmen placing an emphasis on protecting their wickets. New Zealand will also be bolstered by the return of captain Williamson who sat out the T20 series with a nagging hip injury. It will be the first Test match ever staged at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval, which has been hosting limited-overs internationals since 2014. The beachside venue is Wagner’s home ground and he said the wicket could take time to get used to. Top captains & vice captains –Bowlers are key in Test matches played in New Zealand. Although batsmen have also done well in the recent past, Trent Boult and Jofra Archer should be able to stand out among their peers with a heap of wickets to their names. While both of them are good options for captaincy, Ben Stokes and Ross Taylor are also viable picks for the same, given their experience and form. Smart pick & Best economical pick –Ben Stokes and Colin de Grandhomme are the preferred allrounders for this game with the option of Sam Curran also available. While Grandhomme has been scoring runs consistently for the Test side, his bowling could also prove to be successful on a helpful wicket. On the other hand, Ben Stokes is perhaps the best allrounder in world cricket and comes into this series on the back of a superb English summer. He is a must-have in any side and should be able to put in a good performance. Cautions Pick –There's time enough for Joe Root to reverse his mid-career dip, but where there was once a Big Four among contemporary Test batsmen, there's now clear daylight between the best and the rest. My XI – Trent Boult (Captain), Jofra Archer (Vice-Captain), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Rory Burns, Jeet Raval, Neil Wagner, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes
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09Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips  India vs Bangladesh on November 10,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs Bangladesh on November 10 After having suffered a rare seven-wicket defeat in the opening fixture in Delhi, normal services once again resumed as Rohit Sharma’s masterclass at Rajkot, helped the Men in Blue to seek parity and set-up a decider at the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur. India may have won the second T20I but it did nothing to resolve their long-standing issues in the shortest format of the game. That they decided to chase in the second game paved way for their perennial weakness to be subsided. It has become apparently clear that the Men in Blue love chasing. And, there is a reason for it. India’s template at the top of the innings in the recent past has been to reserve wickets before going all-out for the target. While that might work during the run-chase, it has seldom worked when they are setting-up a total. Rohit Sharma knows it. He knows his numbers, his sides’ record while batting first. And it will be interesting to see whether he opts to bat first if they win the toss or India will go for a safer option, considering the series is on the line, as they did in Rajkot. As for the Asian Tigers, they would feel that they missed out on a golden opportunity in the last game after their openers had provided them with a blistering start. The visitors’ woes against quality wrist-spin were exposed to the hilt once again while their bowling- especially fast bowling- was atrocious, to say the least. Best economical pick– Bangladesh has struggled against the leg-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal in both games. He is a must-have in the side. Top captains & vice captains – Rohit Sharma smashed the ball to all the corners, displaying his elegant batting and making up for his failure in the previous T20I. The highlight of his innings was the 10th over of India's innings when he smashed Hossain with three consecutive sixes, scoring 21 runs off that over. It took only 23 balls for Rohit Sharma to register his 18th T20I fifty and he looked to be comfortably cruising towards his fifth T20I hundred. Mushfiqur Rahim is ideal choice for vice captain. Rahim is in decent form in the middle order with 64 runs in two games. Smart pick –Shikhar Dhawan has gotten off to starts this series without being able to convert them into fifties. He should be backed to get some runs on Sunday. Cautions Pick –Whether it is his stroke selection or his untidy wicket-keeping skills, Rishabh Pant is under considerable pressure and with Samson in the squad, this could be a crucial game for the southpaw. He made a grave mistake in the Rajkot T20I which could’ve cost India the game and the series. My XI – Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mahmudullah, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Liton Das, Washington Sundar, Soumya Sarkar, Krunal Pandya
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09Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs England on November 10,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs England on November 10 An epic encounter beckons as the Kiwis take on England at the Eden Park in Auckland for the 5th and final T20I, in what promises to be a game for the ages, a finale to the five part reenactment of the spectacle which was the ICC World Cup Final 2019. With the series level at 2-2 after four hard fought bouts, both teams will know full well that they are very evenly matched and cannot afford to spare any quarter. Just like at Lord’s earlier this year. Best economical pick–Mitchell Santner has been a bag of tricks throughout the tournament, bamboozling the English batsmen with his subtle variations to lead the wicket-taking charts courtesy an impressive haul of nine scalps from his four outings. While the rest of the New Zealand bowling attack was descending into chaos thanks to the exploits of Messrs Morgan and Malan, Santner once more went about his job with nonchalant ease, dismissing both English openers for the second time in four games, and coming out with very respectable figures of 2 for 32 from his four overs. Currently ranked the 5th best T20 bowler in the world, Santner is a bonafide tormentor of batsmen. Top captains & vice captains –Eoin Morgan played an able supporting hand, scoring a brisk 91 off just 41 deliveries, his best numbers in this high octane format of the game. The flamboyant Irishman did ride his luck at times, getting dropped thrice, including twice off two full-tosses later adjudged to have been over waist high, before finally perishing in the deep during the last over, having set the tide firmly in his team’s favor. Having already struck five half-centuries in his first eight T20I outings, the splendid Dawid Malan bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten knock of a 103 runs off just 51 deliveries in the last match, thus becoming only the second Englishman after Alex Hales to have scored a ton in Twenty20 cricket. It was also the fastest, beating the previous record by 2 full overs. Malan’s boisterous batting coincided with a staggering record third-wicket stand of a 182 runs with his captain which saw the World champions reach a gargantuan total of 241 for a loss of three wickets, their highest total in this version of the game. Smart pick –One of the finest bowlers of his generation, Trent Boult played his first T20I in over a year and a half on Friday, with the selectors looking to give the fiery Lockie Ferguson some much needed rest ahead of a seemingly likely maiden test cap in the upcoming test series. A usual picture of consistency, Boult will be expected to brush off the rustiness and spearhead the Kiwi offense in yet another must-win situation against an in-form batting lineup studded with big names and colossal hitters. Cautions Pick –Colin Munro can take bowling attacks to the cleaners, but he has blown hot and cold in the series. Munro has been fighting with poor form for quite some time now. My XI – Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dawid Malan(Vice-Captain), Trent Boult, James Vince, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Jonny Bairstow, Matthew Parkinson, Martin Guptill
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06Nov2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs Bangladesh on November 7,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs Bangladesh on November 7 Bangladesh sort of stunned India in Delhi where they registered their maiden T20I win over the Indian team in their 9th attempt. This helped the Bangla team to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. This will now put extra pressure on India who hasn’t got favorable results in the T20I format recently. Their home record in this format this year has been disastrous as they won only one of the five matches. India is already suffering big in T20Is due to its outdated batting approach. The aggressive batters KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant left their natural game due to pressure from management. On the other hand, Bangladesh will look to win at least one of the next two matches. This will help Bangladesh in gaining a lot of confidence as a series win without both Tamim and Shakib was never imagined. Best economical pick – Shreyas Iyer is the incumbent no.4 for Team India and should be given a long rope for him to settle and instill confidence in him. He has the confidence of the captain, coach and selectors, and would be looking forward to making the most of the opportunities presented to him. Top captains & vice captains – Bangladesh needed 22 runs off the last two overs to win the match. An economical penultimate over by Khaleel Ahmed could have tipped the scales in India's favor. However, things went downhill for Rohit Sharma's side as Mushfiqur Rahim launched an all-out attack on Khaleel, hitting hit him for four consecutive boundaries and scoring 18 runs from the over. The captain of the side, one of the best batsman in the world Rohit Sharma will once again be expected to score some centuries in the series. And with many other good batsmen in the team already, Rohit can score big without pressure. Smart pick – Yuzvendra Chahal returned with match figures of 4-0-24-1 in Delhi. He would have conceded fewer runs and bagged more wickets had the two reviews and a dropped chance gone in his favour. The RCB leg-spinner troubled all the Bangladeshi batsmen and would be itching to have a bowl at them again. His variations make the 29-year-old effective even on the flattest of surfaces. Cautious Pick – Khaleel Ahmed, the left-arm quick was preferred ahead of Shardul Thakur in the opening T20I of the series. Khaleel's match figures read 4-0-37-1. He was flogged by Mushfiqur Rahim for 4 fours off consecutive deliveries. He erred in his lines and lengths, and this cost the team. Shardul Thakur should ideally replace him as he has better control in his lines and lengths. My XI – Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Y Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, Deepak Chahar, Mahmudullah, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul
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