South Africa managed to pose another 200+ score and would have had their hearts in their mouth with the way Shehzad and co played in the first ten but in the end it was too steep a hill to climb for the spirited Afghans.
In the evening game the stage was set for a Gayle Storm but the gods had a different script in mind. Chris Gayle did not come out to bat due to a hamstring injury and the Bangalore crowd had to be satisfied with Andre Fletcher’s Gayle-esque innings.
Let’s get started with the last game for Phase 1
Australia vs Bangladesh
Transfer in: Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Shakib Al Hasan
Transfer out anyone you want!
The most important thing for this game is to remember to exhaust all your substitutions as Phase 1 ends with this game. You get unlimited transfers for the game day after and thus can start with a whole new team.
So, I have three transfers left for this game and I also already have David Warner in my team.
The first and the most obvious choice for this game would be the new adopted son of Bangalore, Shane Watson. I can’t see any reason for leaving him out especially in times where he almost always bowls his full quota of 4 overs.
Now, with that I have 2 transfers left and five good players in Maxwell, Tamim, Khwaja, Smith and Shakib to choose from.
The first that I eliminate from the pack is Smith. He has not been a good T20 batsman and his career stats clearly suggest that (average of 19.66). Also, with so many all rounders at my disposal, I would want to go with players who give me a double scoring option.
Shakib constantly bats at number 4 and is a brilliant T20 spinner. Also, the way the ball was gripping the surface in Bangalore today; I feel all the more obliged to bring Shakib in.
So that leaves me with one transfer.
Khwaja’s lack of exposure in Indian conditions forces me to leave him out. I wouldn’t want to put my money on a rookie in the final game of Phase 1. Also, Darren Lehman’s comments on Khwaja before the game suggested that he could make way for the more experienced Finch for this encounter. Wait for the toss if you are hell bent on getting Khwaja in!
So, it’s a shootout between Maxi and Tamim.
Tamim has had a fantastic tournament until now and has been batting like an absolute dream. But you have to realize that all those knocks were against mediocre bowling attacks. Against a good Pakistan attack he got just 24 from 20 balls.
Also, Maxwell bowled 3 overs against New Zealand and picked up two wickets. He would be up against 3 left handers in the Bangladeshi top 5 and looking at how the pitch behaved today, he could have a big say in the outcome of tomorrow’s game! And that’s why I go with Maxi
I leave out almost all bowlers from both sides because none of them seem to be a potent threat and the all rounders that I have picked for this game should chip in with a few wickets while also getting a good share of the deliveries while batting!
Captain for this game: Shane Watson
The best choice from the four players I have for this game. Bats at the top and thus has chances of making maximum impact with the bat. Also get to bowl for overs!
Happy team picking!