Bangladesh have made a strong start to the World Cup by avenging their Asia Cup loss to Afghanistan by putting up a solid display in all three departments. An all round performance from Shakib Al Hasan, clean striking from Mushfiqur Rahim and impeccable pace bowling from Mashrafe Mortaza proved a little too much for the inexperienced Afghanistan side.
Afghanistan did win a lot of hearts by putting up a spirited performance, but spirited performances do not always translate to Fantasy points. Keep that in mind for the remainder of the tournament and make your team selections accordingly.
The fans have been dying to see an even contest between teams this World Cup. All most all matches have been one sided encounters, with one team easily overpowering the other. But today, when we would have least expected it, Zimbabwe and U.A.E treated us with a mouth watering clash, having enough ups and downs to keep the viewer glued to his seat.
A strong batting performance by the U.A.E meant that the Zimbabwean batsmen had to dig deep in order to avoid an upset. The openers provided a solid platform and the middle order obliged. Sean Williams and Craig Ervine took the attack to the opposition in the middle overs, a trick they had missed while chasing against South Africa. U.A.E were in it for most part of the game but the Zimabweans played the key moments better.
The last three ‘Fantasy days’ have been brilliant. Everything seems to be working for me and if you have been following my advice, I am sure you have been blessed with a bucket load of points too. All the more reason to subscribe the blog!
New Zealand vs England
Transfers out : Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor
Transfers in : Joe Root, Stuart Broad
This promises to be a cracker of a contest. Two evenly matched sides, the pressure of a World Cup game, small ground, swing friendly conditions, it has all the ingredients to go down as a World Cup epic.
New Zealand have made a strong start to their World Cup campaign, even with the minor batting collapse at the end against Scotland. New Zealand off late have been clinical in their ODI performances and I see no reason why they can’t replicate that against an underperforming English side, that too in familiar conditions.
I have built my team around the New Zealanders and thus I already have four Kiwis in my team for tomorrow’s game(Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Grant Elliott).If these four do not perform, I pretty sure no other Kiwi would so don’t bring in any other player into your team.
England have had a rusty tour Down Under. Their batting seems to be the major worry. The openers haven’t been providing a good start upfront and with Morgan’s form evading him the middle order looks out of sorts too. James Taylor played a brilliant knock last time round, but he plays far too low down the order to make a significant impact in the games to follow. Ian Bell, Gary Ballance would be up against a quality seam attack in Boult and Southee and so I wouldn’t risk picking them.
Joe Root could be your best bet, if you absolutely want to go for an English batsmen. England play a game on Monday against Scotland and Root could be amongst the runs, primarily because he comes in at Number 4.
The swing friendly conditions should suit Broad, Anderson, Woakes and Finn. Finn had a lovely game against the Aussies but again, three of his wickets were in the last over(the last three balls of the innings actually). His chances of doing that again? Very remote.
I would go with Broad for tomorrow’s game, one because he is a strong character and always performs when the odds are against him or against his team. England are certainly not the favourites to win tomorrow and Broad could provide them with the impetus to go for a win. Anderson looked pretty mediocre in their previous game against the Aussies. Also, his price tag convinces me to not go for him.
Power Player pick
Six players to pick from, it is going to be a tough choice this time round. England have a lot of left handed batsmen in their team; Ali, Ballance, Morgan, Broad, Anderson and that prompts me too select Boult as my Power Player. His out swingers would trouble the English left handers and I reckon that he would get at least 3 wickets.
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. Stuart Broad is my trump card for the day.
It is a big day tomorrow as I have six players in action. All of them are tailor made for big games and should come out with flying colours. Twelve games to go and twenty eight transfers left, I think I have it under control. Do check out this space tomorrow for Day 7 analysis and Day fantasy tips.
Happy team picking.