What a grim, grim day it was for the Dutch and the Irish. Agonizingly teasing and frustrating for cricket fans and fantasy freaks too, who had to check in with Cricinfo/Cricbuzz on a regular basis to get information of the match situation. The rain eventually won, making it one of the most frustrating days for both these sides. They have been knocked out of the tournament, and while all year round it is the ICC who has been responsible for not giving them enough chances to compete at the highest level, today it was the rain.
You could argue as to why was Dharamshala chosen as the venue when the forecast read rain all along? Well, there was a sudden change in forecast because of some western disturbance.
Also, the worst thing for Fantasy managers was that the first game was abandoned after the toss happened. And there was very little time between the toss and the first ball and hence, I am sorry for those who reacted quickly to the toss and made a few changes to their team (I made one too).
Also, it was tantalizing in terms of whether to go for substitutions or hold back because of the rain looming large. The first game was abandoned just after the toss and there was very little time between the toss and the firs ball and hence, I am sorry for those who reacted quickly to the toss (hoping to get a game) and made a few changes to their team(I made one too).
The second game turned out to be good because I captained Tamim instead of Shakib(didn’t even get him in because of the shortened game) and Tamim went berserk scoring 47 of 26 balls. As soon as the match was abandoned I was upset that the points wouldn’t be counted(the same happens in IPL, if a game is washed out) but thankfully this new fantasy website does award you points for a washed out game. Despite making a mockery of themselves with the interface of the website, ICC did get something right!
But let us put all of this behind us. It was a challenging day for Fantasy managers with the weather holding all the cards, but tomorrow will be brighter (in terms of points and the weather).
Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan
Transfer out: Zeeshan Maqsood
Transfer in: Hamilton Masakadza
Team for Aghanistan vs Zimbabwe
I already have a hell of a lot of players for this game. Sean Williams, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shehzad, Rashid Khan, Tendai Chatara and Wellington Masakadza.
Now, as you see I already have almost all my bases covered for this game except probably not having Hamilton Masakadza and Dawlat Zadran.
Both Dawlat and Hamilton haven’t been performing in the qualifiers, but both of them could hurt you bad if you don’t have them in your side. So, I am going to bring in Hamilton Masakadza into my team for sure because if he gets going, he can score big runs in a matter of balls. I wouldn’t want to be on Hamilton’s bad side, you see.
You could bring in Dawlat Zadran but there are risks associated with it. Hamilton could go berserk and spoil his figures at the top of the order and Chigumbura could do the same at the death. But if you have enough transfers, go ahead and make the change, it wouldn’t hurt much.
I am not going with any other players because I have no players for the Scotland Hong Kong game in my team and I would want to make at least transfers for that game. I am leaving out Asghar Stanikzai, Gulbadin Naib etc because of the poor T20 record they possess. No point picking players who average in the early 20’s and having a strike rate of less than 110 in their career.
Captain for this game: Wellington Masakadza
I am tempted to go with Wellington for this game again, irrespective of Zimbabwe bowl first or second because of the Afghanistan having just right-handed batsmen in their top 7.
Scotland vs Hong Kong
Transfer out: Afghanistan and Zimbabwe players
Transfers in: Mark Watt, Nadeem Ahmed, Matt Machan, Alaisdar Evans
Team for Hong Kong vs Scotland
Getting in the two left handed spinners from both teams (Nadeem Ahmed and Mark Watt) is a no brainer for this game. They have been turning the ball and the Nagpur pitch has assisted them much. Do not go into this game without these two players.
Hong Kong batted miserably in the last game and I think would continue to do so. They are the least experienced side in this group and haven’t impressed much. But, they have one player who offers a lot when it comes to Fantasy points and that is Ryan Cambell. He opens the batting and bowls his full quota of 4 overs. But I wouldn’t want to bank too much on the players of a team that I expect to lose.
Now, the Scottish have a well settled side and provide some good scoring options in Matt Machan, Richie Berrington, Alaisdar Evans for the Fantasy manager.
If, Scotland bat first, I would like to go in with Matt Machan who comes in at number 4 and generally gets to bowl at least 2 overs of off spin. He didn’t get a bowl in the last match but against a Hong Kong batting line up that is susceptible to spin, I expect Mommsen to trust him with at least 2 overs.
But if Scotland bat second, Alaisdar Evans would get the nod from me because then Machan would not have the potential to give me more than 50 points as I don’t expect Hong Kong to score big in the first innings. Another combination could be getting both these players into your side, provided you have more than 10 transfers in the bag.
Captain for this game: Mark Watt
Let’s hope for two full games tomorrow with bucket loads of fantasy points instead of the rain.
Check this space tomorrow for tips for Day 6 of the World Cup
Happy team picking!