COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: South Africa vs Zimbabwe on December 26
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South African team will play their first ever 4-day Day and Night Test against Zimbabwe starting Boxing Day. The game, in a way, will act as a preparatory ground for the Proteas before the country hosts India across all three formats. Despite being neighbors for centuries, South Africa and Zimbabwe have combatted in the longest version only 8 times, which is hard to believe. But that’s completely and they are gearing up for the ninth meeting between the sides. Unlike all their previous meets, there are a lot of innovative things which will come into the fray this time. Both these sides will be locking horns for the first-ever 4-Day Test. Another crowd pulling aspect of this encounter is that it is a Day-Night Test. Teams will be on the field for 98 overs instead of 90 in this game. Although many senior cricketers have lambasted the entire Four-Day Test concept, people are very eager to see how this turns out.
Best economical pick – Quite certainly Zimbabwe’s player of the year across all formats, Sikandar Raza been performing well in the last few months. Let that be in the red jersey for Zimbabwe or T20 Leagues across the world, he made his presence felt. The all-rounder is a more than a decent batsman in the middle order and always dependable when he has the ball in hand. He really brings great balance to the side.
Top captains & vice captains – Dean Elgar is chasing Cheteshwar Pujara to be the highest run-scorer in Tests this year. He will open alongside newbie Aiden Makram. Dean Elgar needs 43 runs to finish 2017 as the highest run-scorer in the longest format. Hashim Amla has been scintillating ever since he took up the number three spot. Hashim Amla was the top scorer for South Africa in their last test series against Bangladesh. He will look to continue his good form in this test also.
Smart pick – One of the game’s all-time greats, Dale Steyn is finally back from his long injury layoff. It’s needless to say all his fans missed the exuberance and energy that he brings to the game. The veteran, according to many, is no longer the threat he was before. But only a fool would dig his own grave by underestimating him.
Cautious Pick – A pressing concern ahead of the Boxing Day fixture is skipper Faf du Plessis’ fitness. The right-hander has declared that he has a “60-40” chance of playing the Test against Zimbabwe after picking up a viral infection in the week leading up to the game.
My XI – Dean Elgar (Captain), Hashim Amla (Vice-Captain), Dale Steyn, Sikandar Raza, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Graeme Cremer,Peter Moor, AB de Villiers, Craig Ervine, Kagiso Rabada