We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
1st innings average score: 158
2nd innings average score: 146
Type: Decent batting wicket.
Time: August 24, 9:30 PM IST
Probable XI for Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla
Probable XI for UAE: Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Basil Hameed, Zawar Farid/Rohan Mustafa, Aryan Lakra, Sultan Ahmed, Sabir Ali, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique
Yaseen Murtaza has been making full use of his talent after getting promoted to the top order. He has been building solid foundations with vital scores of 26 and 46. His choice of shots and his overall approach make him a smart pick in fantasy sports.
Babar Hayat’s 53 off 30—his second fifty in 2022 —turned the game in Hong Kong’s favour last night. He, however, can be inconsistent, relying heavily on starts. Against the UAE, he has the top score of 54
In the first game, Basil Hameed rocked the fantasy charts with a three-wicket haul. In the second encounter, he registered a score of 38 off 28 and figures of 1 for 30. From a player who used to perform in bits and pieces, Hameed has evolved into an all-round star.
In his eight-T20I career, Karthik Meiyappan has already grabbed 14 wickets at a strike rate of 10.2. His leg-breaks, especially towards the crucial stages of the game, have been a force to reckon with on the wickets of the UAE. It was his spell of 4 for 13 that won the game for his side against Singapore.
Junaid Siddique majorly operates in the middle and end overs, being primarily used as a strike bowler. In his last five T20Is, he has scalped eight wickets.
With 93 runs to his name, Muhammad Waseem is the highest run-getter of the Qualifiers. Besides the 30-run and 50-run bonus fantasy points, he has generated bonus rewards for a strike rate of 163 and hitting seven sixes. Overall, he averages 46 in 14 T20Is, smashing two hundreds and three fifties.
Ehsan Khan’s bowling figures read 3 for 20 and 2 for 37, making his five wickets the most in the series. He has not gone wicketless in 12 T20Is, collecting a total of 21 wickets.
Vriitya Aravind has been providing fantasy points consistently with both bat and gloves, scoring 51 runs at a strike rate of 134, pouching three catches, and inflicting a stumping. In 2022, he has scored 449 runs at 40, adding three fifties and as many thirties.
In the only T20I he has played against Hong Kong, Chirag Suri scored an unbeaten 43. To further strengthen his case, the highest score (88 off 61) of the Qualifiers belongs to him. He is reputed for his smart strokeplay, willing to bat for longer periods.
Nizakat Khan scored his fifth fifty in his 50th T20I last night. 2022 has been good for him: he has managed 206 runs at 34, including three fifties in six games.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
Given both teams have the same set of performers, walk through the numbers mentioned in the Smart Picks and Power Players to stay ahead in the game. We are in for a close encounter even in the world of fantasy cricket.