COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on January 11
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It’s down to the one last contest for Sri Lanka before they leave New Zealand. The visitors are yet to taste a victory on the tour as the hosts comprehensively won both Test and ODI series. The 2 sides will now clash in a one-off T20 at the Eden Park, Auckland. The Kiwis have been instrumental in all 3 departments in the series so far. All the victories for the hosts have been dominant so far. They won’t leave any stone unturned in trying to triumph the last game as well. However, it’s the chance for the visitors to restore some pride. There have been some individual flashes of brilliance on the tour so far. Yet, they didn’t put together a team performance that would yield them a victory. But it’s their best chance to win in the shortest format as the squad possesses some talent for the setup.
Best economical pick – Martin Guptill is having a strike-rate of around 132.88 in this format and he is the leading run scorer for New Zealand in this format. Martin Guptill forms one half of perhaps the most explosive opening pair in international cricket right now. Guptill who is a veteran of the game has proven time and again that he can turn a match around with his batting. He will be their key batsman and will be expected to counter from the start.
Top captains & vice captains – He is seriously in the form of his life. If Thisara Perera had managed to win the 2nd ODI for Sri Lanka, it would’ve ranked among one of the greatest ODI knocks in the history. But he needs to improve his bowling in order to become the best all-rounder in the world. Perera should master death-overs bowling which has been his weakness and the same has been exposed in the last two ODIs. The hard-hitting New Zealand batsman is a T20 specialist. Colin Munro who opens the innings with Martin Guptill is responsible for most of the good starts that New Zealand has while batting.
Smart pick – For years, Ross Taylor has been the pivot of a New Zealand batting line-up. The experienced player is a force of nature when he is in form, no matter what the format is. Taylor can adapt to a game quickly and it won’t be surprising to us if he manages to score big right in the beginning. Pick him and you could easily have a high-scoring game thanks to his performance.
Cautions Pick – Tim Southee has been going through a rough patch. Southee’s last 2 match figures of 1/68 and 1/47 has been very poor according to his standards. He may be go for runs in the T20, so be careful before picking him in your team.
My XI – Thisara Perera (Captain), Colin Munro (Vice-Captain), Ross Taylor, Ish Sodhi, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Nuwan Pradeep, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama