COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips- Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 9
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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