We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Australia vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI Pitch Report
1st innings average score: 231
2nd innings average score: 233
Type: Encourages good strokeplay.
Time: August 28, 5.10 AM IST
Probable Australia & Zimbabwe Playing XIs
Probable XI for Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis/Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Playing XI for Zimbabwe: Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva (c & wk), Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Tony Munyonga, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Smart Fantasy Picks for the Match
Brad Evans finished off the India series in style by bagging a five-wicket haul in the final ODI. Later in the game, his 28 with the bat almost got Zimbabwe within touching distance of a famous win.
Although Sean Williams has picked only one wicket in his last 6 ODIs, he has made amends with the bat by adding 242 runs, including the highest score of 100. Against Australia, though, he has scores of 28, 1, and 4.
Given his height, Blessing Muzarabani should enjoy bowling on the bouncier pitches of Australia. Before his injury, he took 18 wickets, including the best figures of 4 for 29 in his last 10 ODIs.
We saw how the Indian seamers made life tough for the inexperienced Zimbabwean batters. Expect nothing different from the duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Between them, they have taken 16 wickets in their last 5 ODIs.
While Alex Carey’s services with the bat may not be required, he is likely to generate fantasy points through his glovework. It is important to recognize that Zimbabwean batters could nick a few behind the stumps.
With Aaron Finch, it is always going to be all or nothing for the fantasy players. Before being dismissed for a duck in the final two ODIs in Sri Lanka, he had registered scores of 62, 14, and 44.
Adam Zampa is likely to be the lone spinner for Australia in the playing XI. Only once has he gone wicketless in his last 10 ODIs, which includes two, four-wicket hauls. Talk about being a consistent wicket-taker.
Fantasy Power Picks for the Match
After three centuries in the last 6 ODIs, fantasy players will have their eyes locked on Sikandar Raza. He has also picked 6 wickets in the period. Against Australia, he has scores of 33 and 22, which came way back in 2014.
David Warner might have blown hot and cold in the format lately (83, 0, 37, 9, 99, and 10), but he will remain the biggest threat for the tourists, especially in the powerplay. Even if he doesn’t score big, his strike rate helps garner bonus points.
Glenn Maxwell’s recent ODI numbers with both bat and ball make a handsome reading. Besides picking 6 wickets, he has accumulated 436 runs at 55, including the highest score of 108. Fancy him as a captain?
Fantasy Tip of the Day
Try picking the Australian all-rounders and their seamers for this game. As far as Zimbabwe are concerned, you may take a leaf out of the recently concluded India series.