The Irish made a strong point today- The associate nations are not here just to be lauded for their brilliant efforts, they are here for more. They are here to cause ripples on the biggest cricketing stage by beating test playing nations.
The sense of awe that these associate nations used to feel for their test playing counterparts seems to be fading away, the World Cup is not a two month vacation for them anymore, it is a chance to announce their arrival on the ‘World Cricket stage’.
Ireland have always played spirited cricket. Wins against Pakistan in 2007 and England in 2011 were miraculous but they were still thought off as one hit wonders. But by beating West Indies today they have shown that they mean business. They know how to win big games, crunch games. Everybody can play spirited , inspiring cricket but winning is an art. It takes more than just giving your everything to win, it requires that winning mentality and Ireland, today have shown that they have an ample amount of that.
The way the batsmen went about the run chase just showed the amount of maturity these Irish possess. They are not going to be pushovers. Watch out for some more upsets this time round.
New Zealand vs Scotland
No Transfers made
Transfers left after this game: 35
I have been a little apprehensive about the ‘minnows’ and both Zimbabwe and Ireland have made me eat my words. I hope Scotland doesn’t do the same because no Scottish player finds a spot in my team. Yes, Ireland beat West Indies and Scotland beat Ireland in the warm up game but then New Zealand at home is a whole other prospect. They have been battering opponents and do not look fazed by the expectations.
I have made no transfers for this game because I already have three New Zealanders in my team(Williamson, Elliott and Boult). Boult should fetch you a minimum of three wickets this game and Williamson would be amongst the runs too. I just hope Elliott gets to bowl a few more overs at the Scottish batsmen. Also, if you want to be a little greedy, you could play Tim Southee for this game as well, but at the moment I would be more content by saving a few transfers.
Power Player pick
It is going to be a close call between Boult and Williamson. You need to take the toss factor into account. If New Zealand bowl first, the freshness of the pitch would offer a lot of assistance to Boult and thus Boult would be my choice. You also need to take into consideration the fact that Scotland could get bowled out for a low score and then Williamson might not have a big role to play in the chase.
But if New Zealand bat first, I don’t see the Scotland bowlers troubling the New Zealand batsmen a lot. Also, the form in which Williamson is in, he will be able to negate any sort of movement upfront. Batting first gives him the chance to score freely and shower you with points. So, Williamson would be my choice if New Zealand bat first.
If you are not planning to stay up for the toss, lock Williamson in, he will be amongst the runs, trust me.
Trump Card for the day
Trump Card is a player who wouldn’t be selected by a high percentage of Fantasy players but is guaranteed to perform well. Grant Elliott is my trump card for the day.
The first week is all about finding your feet in the Fantasy League. The bold decisions will have to wait . Play a little safe this week and start taking those calculative risks from the next week on. Be the underdog at first and then rise to become a champion. See you guys tomorrow with Day 4 analysis and Day 5 Fantasy tips. Happy team picking.