COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: Pakistan vs Australia on July 5
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Aaron Finch’s Australia are proving to be a lot tougher as compared the one led by Tim Paine in the Tests and ODI formats. However, a lot of success for the Aussies in the context of the tri-series can be attributed to the magnificent form their skipper has been in recent times. A thumping win over Pakistan first and then an even larger one against hosts Zimbabwe has shot them into the ‘favorites’ category immediately. A net run-rate in excess of three is also something complementary towards the fact that they may very well win the tournament as well. Now, they face the might of Pakistan once again, a side they absolutely annihilated in the previous match. However, as far as Sarfraz Ahmed is concerned, it would be a case of redemption, especially given the fact that they are still the number one ranked side in the world. In short, both sides will be hoping for a positive result as the final round of matches get underway in the context of the tri-series.
Best economical pick – Pakistani all-rounder Hussain Talat who made 44 runs in the game against Zimbabwe, finally found his form. He bowled the 19th over of the Zimbabwe innings and took the crucial wicket of Solomon Mire too.
Top captains & vice captains – Following the infamous ball-tampering scandal, Aaron Finch was left with a minute chance of winning anything, no less a series. However, as all captains do, he has stood up and faced the challenge as the Aussies now sit pretty atop the table and are virtually through to the final. Fakhar Zaman set the ball rolling for Pakistan in the 4th match of tri series against Zimbabwe. Opener Fakhar Zaman top-scored for Pakistan with 47 before captain Sarfraz Ahmed overcame a spirited Zimbabwean fightback and saw his side home with an unbeaten 38.
Smart pick – Although Hasan Ali has several accolades to his name, it would seem as though he has run out of a bit of steam this time around. His pace has taken a bit of a pounding as he seems to have dropped in terms of making the ball do the talking. Needless to say, Sarfraz Ahmed will be hoping that his main man fires ahead of the crucial encounter against the Aussies.
Cautious Pick – Although Sarfraz Ahmed’s men do remain a formidable force, their unpredictability sees them turn up trumps from time to time. With a squad that has known to underperform from time to time, Mickey Arthur will have his task cut out. While many will not expect many changes in the playing XI, we may very well see the likes of Mohammad Hafeez dropped once again.
My XI – Aaron Finch (Captain), Fakhar Zaman (Vice-Captain), Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Travis Head, Billy Stanlake, Sarfraz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, D'arcy Short, Ashton Agar