We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Time: September 8, 9:50 AM IST
With a five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe last week and a match-winning 89* in the first ODI, Cameron Green is having the best days of his life. He batted with the kind of temperament we see in Tests, and the lines he bowls help him maintain a reasonable economy.
Wreaking havoc in the middle overs was Glenn Maxwell who registered his second-best bowling figures of 4 for 52. Most of his wickets came when batters tried to dominate his tossed-up deliveries. Although his numbers with the bat (59 runs in 11 ODIs) are ordinary against New Zealand, his main job is to fire on cylinders – an approach that breeds inconsistency.
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Until he lasted, Kane Williamson seemed in excellent control. He had to toil his way to collect 45 off 71, but his cautious approach in such challenging conditions helped the batters around him. Against Australia, he averages 40.
Both southpaws Devon Conway (46) and Tom Latham (43) negotiated swing smartly, dealing mostly with running hard between the wickets. Both had scored a fifty against West Indies last month in their previous ODI. The benefit of drafting them in fantasy teams is that they put a price on their wicket.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson enjoyed bowling under the lights, managing two wickets each. Henry especially bowled probing lines in the powerplay.
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Trent Boult now has 33 wickets at a strike rate of 22 in 13 ODIs against Australia. The pitch has all the ingredients – pace, swing, and whatnot – for Boult to strike again.
Amidst the fall of wickets and an incredible display of swing bowling, David Warner worked hard not only to survive but also to score runs. He managed only 20 off 25 but looked in great touch. In addition to his recent form, the fact that he averages 45 against New Zealand is encouraging for fantasy players.
Mitchell Starc did what he does best, that is, strike with the new ball. Although he ended up with the only wicket of Martin Guptill, it took immense effort to survive against him. Against New Zealand, he has picked 24 wickets at 19 in 11 ODIs.
Josh Hazlewood maintained his immaculate line and length, finishing with figures of 3 for 31. Much like Starc, he has excellent numbers against New Zealand: 27 wickets at 20 in 12 ODIs.
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The conditions favour pacers through and through – more so in the second innings. Both teams boast top-quality fast bowlers who can turn a fantasy game on its head.