18Oct2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips  India vs South Africa on October 19,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on October 19 India come into this third Test having already sealed the series after winning the opening two matches, and they will be keen to wrap up the whitewash in Ranchi and pick up further points to consolidate their position at the top of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship. Following the two comprehensive victories, there is little reason for Virat Kohli and the selectors to change the winning formula although they may use this match to rotate their pack and rest Ravi Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja who have bowled a lot of overs in the opening two Tests. South Africa are in a fair degree of disarray coming into this third and final Test match in India as they have so many players out of form and after spending long spells in the field, some of their veterans are struggling against this relentless Indian side. They have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Keshav Maharaj has been ruled out so left-arm spinner George Linde has flown in to replace him and there will likely be a fair number of further changes for this final Test. India have now won their last 11 Test series on home turf after they won the second Test and they will be keen to seal the whitewash here. They are in formidable form right now as they have a batting line-up that is relishing facing the South African bowlers who look incredibly flat, while their bowlers have the edge over the tourists’ fragile batting line-up. Best economical pick– Opener Mayank Agarwal has been on a roll in the series and he will be one of the first names on the team sheet for the upcoming Test. Agarwal slammed a majestic double ton in Vizag and followed it up with a century in Pune to cement his place in the side. Top captains & vice captains –Skipper Virat Kohli led India to record-breaking 11th series win at home and he will be eager to complete another whitewash. With that bat, Kohli returned to form in scintillating style as he slammed a double ton in Pune to end his big innings drought. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can do almost everything. He can score big, score quickly and also pick wickets at crucial junctures of the game. And add his fielding abilities at pretty much every position possible, he becomes one of the most vital members of the Indian side. His spin-bowling will come in hand at the spinning track of Ranchi. Smart pick –Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been in sensational form in the series and is currently the highest-wicket-taker after two Test. Ashwin has decimated the South African batting line-up in both Tests and his spin played a massive role in India’s comprehensive victories. Cautions Pick –One of the batsmen who uncharacteristically succumbed to the seamers on both occasions was opener Aiden Markram. The opening batsman who was being looked upon as the torchbearer of the South African batting on this tour has had a forgettable two Test matches. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammed Shami, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma
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09Oct2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips  India vs South Africa on October 10,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on October 10 After the three-match T20I series finished at 1-1, India drew first blood in the three-match Test series. They were clinical in their performance at Visakhapatnam as they beat South Africa by a margin of 203 runs. After winning the toss and batting first, India rode on the big centuries made by the openers and they racked up 502 before declaring. South Africa fought hard too. On the back of tons from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock, the visitors kept the deficit down to 71 runs. However, India bossed the game from the second innings as they put the foot on the accelerator and set South Africa a target of 395 with a little over a day to go. The Proteas crumbled in the fourth innings to hand India a 1-0 lead in this series. Hence, India gained 40 World Test Championship points as well which solidified their position at the top. The action now moves to Pune for the second Test where India will try to seal the series and create history by becoming the first team to register 11 successive Test series wins at home. Best economical pick– Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma opened together for the first time and had a wonderful outing. Both of them scored big hundreds as they laid the platform for India’s first innings total. The duo shared a mammoth stand of 317 runs in the first innings and made South Africa wait for 82 overs to get their first wicket of the series. Agarwal scored his maiden Test century which he then converted to a fantastic double ton. Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock has moved back into the Top 10 of the ICC Test batting rankings following their defeat against India in the first Test. De Kock returned to the Top 10 as he gained four places and moved to seventh for scoring his first Test century against India. De Kock made 111 off 163 balls in the first innings and shared a 164-run partnership with opener Elgar. Top captains & vice captains –Rohit Sharma who opened the batting for the first time in Test cricket could do no wrong. He blasted twin centuries as he scored 176 and 127 to run away with the Man of the Match award as well. It was his acceleration in the second innings that allowed India to set a big target. Smart pick –Indian left-arm all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja picked up his 200th Test wicket on Day 3 of the first Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. With that, Jadeja also became the fastest left-arm bowler to take 200 wickets in Test cricket. Jadeja took just 44 Tests to reach the mark, surpassing Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka (47 matches) who previously held the record. Cautions Pick –Rishabh Pant has been facing a lot of backlash after failing to deliver consistently at the international level. His poor shot selection has frequently put his team into trouble. Pant had scores of 27, 24 and 7 versus West Indies. Though he has been good when it comes to keeping behind the wickets, his poor form with the bat has been piling pressure on him. My XI – Rohit Sharma(Captain), Quinton de Kock (Vice-Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dean Elgar, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Dane Piedt, Keshav Maharaj, Mohammed Shami
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09Oct2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 9,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 9 Sri Lanka has clearly punched above their weight in this series. And they have a golden chance now to inflict a whitewash on the World number 1 T20I side. Their youngsters, especially, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been brilliant in the series so far and the visitors would like to continue the good run. It will also be interesting to see if they give an opportunity to the benched players before leaving the country. Pakistan, surprisingly, have been poor. They bossed the format until 2019 started and now have lost three series on the trot. They might also be in danger of losing their top spot in the ICC Rankings. The home crowd has witnessed back to back disappointing performances and the Men in Green will hope to bring smiles to the fans’ faces at the end of the tour. Best economical pick– The Sri Lankan pacer was simply incredible in the last game picking up four wickets in the second innings. Nuwan Pradeep put the Pakistan batting attack on the backfoot right from the beginning and was fast and fiery as Sri Lanka piled on the pressure. It seems like he has struck form and is a viable option for your Fantasy team. Top captains & vice captains –In the post-match conference, this is what Misbah-ul-Haq said while lamenting on his teams’ batting effort in the series. “We became number 1 in the T20I rankings but if you dig deeper, what has been our strength mostly – it’s been due to Babar Azam’s runs and he didn’t score in two games and we’ve been exposed.” It is clear that Pakistan’s batting is overdependent on Babar Azam, and with him registering scores of 13 & 3 in the series, puts into context the performance of his team. 32 of 22 in the first match followed by a swashbuckling 48-ball 77 in the second, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been one of the finds for Sri Lanka in this tour. Will the youngster back it up with another eyebrow-raising performance and inspire Sri Lanka to a series white-wash?. Smart pick –Although it was a bad day at the office for Pakistan in the second T20I, Imad Wasim had a really good game for himself. After being the pick among the bowlers with a steady spell that got him one wicket, Wasim scored a resilient 47 — his career best — to take Pakistan close to the total. Eventually standing as a lone wolf between Sri Lanka and victory, Wasim’s wicket was the final straw. But he can be a great option for your Fantasy team. Cautions Pick –The hosts brought back Fakhar Zaman in the last game after inexplicably dropping him in the first T20I. However, the left-hander played a bad shot and got out for just 6. Pakistan’s problem thus far in this series has been their misfiring opening combination. My XI – Babar Azam (Captain), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Vice-Captain), Nuwan Pradeep, Wanidu Hasaranga, Imad Wasim, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail
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02Oct2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 2,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 2 Prior to the three-match ODI series, the experts couldn’t have been blamed for thinking that Pakistan will make an absolute mockery of the Sri Lanka team at Karachi’s National Stadium. However, after the washed off game, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co had to bring forth their A-game in order to get past Lanka, who were never willing to drop the gun even under severe pressure. Even after getting reduced to 28/5 in a quest to track down 306, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka didn’t give up. Rather, they put on 177 for the sixth wicket and kept the Pakistan bowlers guessing for around 30 overs. Jayasuriya missed out on his century by a mere four runs and then was given a pat on the back by Dasun Shanaka, the T20I skipper, for his composure in the middle. On the other hand, for the hosts, Babar Azam inspired the team with his 11th ODI century. The home team will be a tad worried about their bowling in the middle-overs where it was caught off-guard. Best economical pick– Usman Shinwari shined in his first outing in front of his home crowd as he picked up a five-wicket haul to hand the game to his team. Sri Lanka who were chasing 306 in the second innings were at one stage struggling at 28/5. But with Shehan Jayasuriya scoring a resilient 96, Sri Lanka were slowly crawling back in the game. And that’s when Usman Khan got the breakthrough to tilt the game back in Pakistan’s favor. Top captains & vice captains –One of the best prospects that the country has to offer, Babar Azam did not disappoint in his first outing in front of his home crowd. After a solid start by Pakistan’s openers, Babar Azam walked in to the pitch and took the game by the scruff of its neck. Azam maneuvered really well during the slog overs and eventually brought up his first international century in Pakistan soil to take Pakistan over the 300-run mark. Azam is a really good option and with the form that he is having. Another batsman who shined for Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman gave his team the perfect start as he quickly brought up his half-century. Zaman and Imam ul-Haq have been quite dependable for Pakistan in the limited overs format and they proved their worth at home putting their side on the front foot right from the beginning. Smart pick –In what was a day to forget for Sri Lanka, Shehan Jayasuriya stood out above the rest. While he couldn’t make it count with the ball, finishing wicket less in his 10-over spell, Jayasuriya came onto bat when Sri Lanka were struggling at 28/5 and batted patiently to take the visitors to 200. Jayasuriya who scored 96 was unlucky to miss out on his century. Cautions Pick –Shadab Khan didn’t have an auspicious day in Karachi. He picked up two wickets of Shanaka and Hasaranga, but the Lankan batters didn’t find any difficulty while pouncing on him. He bowled short and could never find the right channels. My XI – Babar Azam (Captain), Fakhar Zaman (Vice-Captain), Usman Shinwari, Shehan Jayasuriya, Imam-ul-Haq, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Imad Wasim, Dasun Shanaka, Avishka Fernando
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01Oct2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips  India vs South Africa on October 2,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on October 2 India and South Africa resume their rivalry in the Test format as the first Test begins on Wednesday. After a stalemate in the T20I series, South Africa will take a lot of confidence considering the relative inexperience of the side that featured in the series. Led by Faf du Plessis, South Africa don't have happy memories of the last time they were here in 2015. Drubbed by an Indian side led by the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, South Africa will look to overcome those demons this time around. On the other hand, India will ideally enter into this game as the clear favorites although they miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah. With this being the first Test to be held in India after the start of the ICC World Test Championship, it will be a special occasion for Virat Kohli's side, which leads the points table after a good series win away in West Indies. Best economical pick– Zubayr Hamza, made his Test debut against Pakistan in January 2019. He scored 41 and 0 from the two innings he played.At the age of 19, Hamza had become the fourth youngest South African to score a double hundred in first-class cricket. He was also a part of the South Africa A team that toured India in 2018, where he scored a century and a fifty. Hamza, a middle-order batsman, is known for his ability to bat long hours with patience and grit. With Hashim Amla retired, South Africa would expect Hamza to live up to the expectations and seal his spot in the middle order. Top captains & vice captains –Virat Kohli is the ideal choice for captain with the Indian captain in fine form. He would be looking to make amends for a sub-par Test series against the West Indies with a solid knock in Vizag. Quinton de Kock has been South Africa's best batsman in the Test format over the last year or so. Batting down the order, his ability to play with the tail bodes well for the South Africans and should earn a good number of fantasy points in this Test Smart pick –Temba Bavuma bats at No: 5 in Tests, and he is a batsman with solid defence and technique. That said, his stats don't exactly justify his talent. Having made his Test debut in December 2014 against West Indies, Temba averages just 33 from 36 matches, with one century and 13 fifties to his name. Bavuma made his T20I debut in the recently concluded series against India in which he scored 49 and 27. South Africa would expect him to continue his form in the upcoming Test series as well. Cautions Pick –Rishabh Pant has been facing a lot of backlash after failing to deliver consistently at the international level. His poor shot selection has frequently put his team into trouble. Pant had scores of 27, 24 and 7 versus West Indies. Though he has been good when it comes to keeping behind the wickets, his poor form with the bat has been piling pressure on him. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock (Vice-Captain), Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane
by Soubhagya Swain ,   F Like "0"
30Sep2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on September 30,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on September 30 There wasn’t much to talk about in the first of three ODIs between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi. The outfield took a pounding for three to four days courtesy of proper rain and the venue literally turned into a pool. Most of the ground was exposed to the showers and the encounter had to abandon four hours before the cut-off time. The entire scenario was abject. To add to the agony, the forecast for the second match also predicted rain. Hence, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had to postpone the game from Sunday, September 29 to Monday, September 30. On Friday, the crowd had their travails while coming to the venue, but they had to return empty-handed. The two teams would’ve also been disappointed on a gloomy day in the national capital. Karachi has waited more than 10 years for witnessing an ODI. After an agonizing day during the first ODI, the audience in the city will be itching to see some riveting action on the field of play. Best economical pick– One of the most prolific all-rounders for Pakistan, Imad Wasim is a threat for the hosts with bat and ball. The all-rounder who averages over 42 with the bat also has 41 wickets to his name in the first 52 games he has played for his country. Imad Wasim is just the right kind of player you need in your fantasy team who will get you points in both the innings. Top captains & vice captains –The leading run-getter in the recently concluded Vitality Blast 2019, Babar Azam has had an incredible summer for Somerset in the tournament. While he couldn’t inflict that same level impact for Pakistan in the World Cup, the 24-year-old batsman will be hopeful of putting up a show in front of his home fans for the first time in his international career. One of the brightest spots in what has been a dark phase for his international side; Avishka Fernando is definitely one of the players to watch out for, for Sri Lanka in the tour. Fernando brought up his first century in ODIs during the World Cup against West Indies and averages just over 34. Smart pick –Isuru Udana has been enjoying a prolific run in international career off late and could carry forward the momentum into the tour of Pakistan. With a few players backing out of the tour, this will be a wonderful opportunity for someone like Udana who is still trying to find his footing in the game. With 11 wickets in just 14 matches, it is possible that we see a breakout season from Udana. Cautions Pick –Sarfaraz Ahmed came under fire during the World Cup. Pakistan was lackluster in the mega event, having crashed out before the semis. He also couldn’t do well as a batsman and it didn’t help his cause. Many wanted him to be axed as the skipper, but the team management decided to give him a longer rope. My XI – Babar Azam (Captain), Avishka Fernando (Vice-Captain), Imad Wasim, Isuru Udana, Imam-ul-Haq, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman
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26Sep2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on September 27,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on September 27 Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan for the first time since the team was attacked by terrorists on the way to a test match in Lahore in 2009.With several of Sri Lanka's senior players unwilling to tour Pakistan, however, the tourists have a very inexperienced squad for this series, led by Lahiru Thirimanne.Pakistan, meanwhile, have a strong squad available to them as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of their below-par World Cup showing. The first leg of Sri Lanka’s limited overs tour of Pakistan will see them start their ODI series at the National Stadium, Karachi. Pakistan finished the World Cup with four straight wins, beating South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Their brilliant turnaround in form came too late, however, as they missed out on a semi-final spot on net run rate – paying for their poor start to the tournament. Their most recent ODI then, was their win against Bangladesh in the final game. Imam-ul-Haq scored a run-a-ball century and Babar Azam hit 96 in a total of 315/9. In Bangladesh’s reply, Shaheen Afridi then claimed 6-35 as Pakistan won by 94 runs. After finishing sixth at the World Cup, Sri Lanka played Bangladesh in an ODI series since – winning all three matches, as Lasith Malinga retired from 50-over cricket during that series. Their batsmen were in particularly good form, with Avishka Fernando – who hit 82 in the seven-wicket win in the second game – among the few to have elected to tour Pakistan too. Best economical pick– Avishka Fernando, the 21-year-old opening batsman hit a century in the World Cup win against West Indies and scored 82 in the second ODI of their recent series with Bangladesh. He has 443 runs in 13 ODI innings so far. Top captains & vice captains –Babar Azam still averages more than 50 in ODI cricket, having now reached 70 innings in the format. He scored 474 runs in eight games at the World Cup and continued that form when, most recently, he was a key player for Somerset in the T20 Blast. Imam-ul-Haq signed off from the World Cup with a century against Bangladesh, which improved his ODI average to 54.58 from 36 innings. His only innings since was scoring 152 for Balochistan in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Smart pick –Handed the chance to captain Sri Lanka again, Lahiru Thirimanne does so having scored 21 half-centuries and four hundreds in his 104 ODI innings to date. He averages 35.08 in the format. Cautions Pick –Fakhar Zaman has been out of form since the start of England tour. After a poor series against England the left handed destructive opener failed to impress in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He had a very poor world cup this time around. Pick him in your fantasy team at your own risk. My XI – Babar Azam (Captain), Imam-ul-Haq (Vice-Captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Usman Shinwari, Kasun Rajitha, Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama
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21Sep2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on September 22,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on September 22 India made a thunderous start to the T20I series after the washed off match in Dharamshala. The Men in Blue brushed aside the Proteas by seven wickets at the PCA Stadium in Mohali to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Yet another time, Virat Kohli, the hosts’ skipper, stood up and churned out an unbeaten 72 in a run-chase. The home team will now be eyeing a win in the third T20I in Bangalore. Their bowlers also looked in great shape as well. For the visitors, a lot of work needs to be done, especially in the bowling area, which failed to make early inroads, allowing the batsmen to settle. Their striking ability at the death also needs to be worked upon. This will also be South Africa’s maiden T20I in Bangalore and they’ll be desperate to evade their first T20I series loss in India. Best economical pick– Temba Bavuma, the debutant, showed a lot of character in the first match and was cruising ahead for his maiden half-century but was denied a 50 when he was caught at 49 by Jadeja near then fence. Top captains & vice captains –Well! In case you have been under a rock, Virat Kohli strolled past another run-chase at Mohali. The Indian captain continued his love affair with the venue, churning out another chapter in the tutorial: How to go about a run-chase? Ask Rabada. Ask Nortje. Ask anyone for that matter. Kohli’s 52-ball-72* meant he is now the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket, and with the next game at his IPL home ground, one can expect him to add the umpteenth chapter to that tutorial. The Proteas had a few positives to take from the first game. Quinton de Kock, the new designated captain, led his team from the front and made a comprehensive 52 from 37 deliveries only to leave his team in the middle looking for a direction. Smart pick –Shikhar Dhawan too looked his free-flowing self in Mohali and his innings was only halted courtesy of a brilliant one-handed catch from David Miller. But Dhawan knows he needs a big score under his belt. With KL Rahul breathing down his neck, the southpaw will hope he converts the 40-odd he got in the last game, to a substantial score. Cautions Pick –Who will bat after Kohli for India? Will India still persist with the misfiring Rishabh Pant at No.4 or will Shreyas Iyer finally get the promotion, he deserves? The move to swap Pant with Iyer could be mutually beneficial. While it would give Iyer an opportunity to bat higher and showcase the talent that he has shown in ODI cricket and the IPL, the demotion of Pant at No.5 will give necessary ammunition to go all-out at the backend of the innings with the quartet of Pandya brothers. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Rohit Sharma, Bjorn Fortuin, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Andile Phehlukwyo, Hardik Pandya
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19Sep2019
Custom Tournament Overview,
You must be wondering what this new addition of custom tournament is. This article will give you an overview about it. In Custom Tournament we are offering our users a facility to create their own tournament according to their requirements. You must be wondering how can this be helpful for the fantasy users, let’s read this conversation between two fantasy enthusiasts looking for tournament format in fantasy: Rahul: Hey Sachin! Excited for the upcoming Big Bash tournament and the International matches? Sachin: Yes Bro! A busy cricket season is coming up. I hope you are ready this time to play against your fantasy mentor, which is me. Rahul: Ha Ha!! You are surely gonna lose this time. I am no longer a novice. Sachin: I am glad my tips are making you a better fantasy player. Rahul: I am more interested in the T20 matches, shorter matches and quicker result to our fantasy games. Sachin: But the upcoming series will have combination of T20s, ODIs and Test matches. You will have to play considering all these formats Rahul: Bro! I heard Cricbattle is offering custom tournament. We can create a tournament with our own selected fixtures. Sachin: Seriously!! That’s awesome. So we can create a tournament only consisting the T20 matches. Rahul: Yes, and also we can choose the matches to be included in each Head to Head rounds. Sachin: Cool! Looks like your prayers are getting answered. Rahul: Ha Ha! Be prepared for the fantasy leagues. Good Luck Sachin: You too bro! As you noticed, the concept behind custom tournament is to give our users the freedom to choose the matches for their private tournament. You can create unlimited number of tournaments choosing from the fixtures available at Cricbattle’s website. You will also be able to choose the matches you want to keep in each Head to Head round. After you have created your tournament you can create leagues and modify the rules choosing an appropriate league customization package, suitable to your needs. If you have any doubt regarding any steps in custom tournament then feel free to contact us on contact@cricbattle.com and we will resolve your queries.
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17Sep2019
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League TipsIndia vs South Africa on September 18,
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips India vs South Africa on September 18 Both India and South Africa were filled with disappointment in the first game of the three-match T20I series at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. It rained throughout the day and didn’t stop fully even during match time. In the end, the contest at the picturesque venue had to be abandoned without the toss. The groundsmen tried their hearts out, but the downpour kept undoing their work. It’s time for the second T20I, which is scheduled to take place on September 18 at Mohali’s IS Bindra Stadium. For the time being, there is no forecast of rain and that should come as a sigh of relief for the players. Both teams will want to win the contest as a victory will help them take an unassailable lead. The Proteas didn’t have a great World Cup campaign, having bowed out before the semi-final. However, the visitors can take heart from the fact that they are yet to lose a T20I versus the Men in Blue in the latter’s backyard. But it’s also a fact that India have won both their games in the shortest format in Mohali in 2009 and 2016 respectively. Earlier, India whitewashed the West Indies in the Caribbean. The hosts have put forth more or less the same squad for the upcoming matches as well. Best economical pick– Navdeep Saini’s performance on the Caribbean tour was very promising. The 26-year-old picked up 5 wickets in 3 T20I matches, and got the Player of the Match award for taking a hat-trick in the first T20I.Investing in Saini seems sensible ahead of the T20I World Cup, as he can bowl consistently in the 140 kph region. Top captains & vice captains –With a new stand named after him in Delhi, Virat Kohli became the youngest ever player to have this recognition. Rightfully so, the Indian captain has been one of the most prolific run-getters for India in the last decade and is a player who is in terrific form coming into this series. It’s not even a year when Rassie van der Dussen made his international debut. In the short time, he has already become a crucial member of the Proteas. In seven T20Is, he has gotten 253 runs at an average of 36.14 and a strike-rate of 133.15. Time and again, he has shown that he isn’t someone to crumble under pressure. Smart pick –David Miller comes into his own in Mohali which is home ground in the IPL while playing for the Kings XI Punjab. He has scored 628 runs in 25 innings at an average of 41.87 and the strike-rate of 150.96 at the venue. Cautions Pick –The world seemed perfect for Shikhar Dhawan, when he got the World Cup century against Australia back in June. Ever since, he has strained to find his feet, especially after his injury. The southpaw could muster only 27 runs in three T20Is in the West Indies. He is approaching 34 and a few more poor knocks could well see him out of the setup with many youngsters waiting in the wings. My XI – Virat Kohli (Captain), Rassie van der Dussen (Vice-Captain), David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Junior Dala, Krunal Pandya, , Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Rohit Sharma, George Linde
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