We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
1st innings average score: 163
2nd innings average score: 138
Type: A batting wicket through and through, with some help for spinners.
Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Probable XI for Netherlands: Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren
The bouncy pitches in Australia suit Hardik Pandya’s style of bowling. He mixed up his lengths and generated bonus points with a three-wicket haul, later complementing it with a crucial knock of 40. For his all-round performance, he was the captain of the Ultimate Team. Expect nothing less from him going forward.
Bas de Leede has featured in the Ultimate Team in all four games of the T20 World Cup. He has taken 9 wickets and registered the highest score of 30*.
Before failing against Pakistan, KL Rahul had scored four fifties in five games. Barring his strike rate, he has been on point in fantasy leagues. The same has been the case with Rohit Sharma – perhaps not to the same extent. He averages 25 this year, striking at 141.
In his last 5 T20Is, Paul van Meekeren has taken 6 wickets. More importantly, he produced bonus points for economy in four games, thanks to his disciplined efforts.
What Colin Ackermann did (62 off 48) against Bangladesh was just a glimpse of his talents – the reason the Netherlands have been picking him despite the inconsistency. Above all, his off-breaks are handy. The wicket at the SCG is likely to reap rewards for him.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh may not get as much swing here as they did at the MCG, but the bounce from the pitch and the lengths they bowl may pose a threat to the batters. To add fuel to the fire, they are likely to bowl at least an over at the death, increasing their chances to pick more wickets.
In the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli has scored 927 runs at a superior average of 84 in 22 games, including 11 fifties and 2 thirties.
Suryakumar Yadav did well while he lasted, smashing two boundaries against Pakistan. A fast delivery had him trapped in the crease, resulting in an edge to the wicketkeeper. He, otherwise, has been phenomenal in 2022: 816 runs at a strike rate of 184.
Since he landed in Australia, Max O’Dowd has smashed 180 runs at 45 including 2 thirties and a fifty. He is also Netherlands’ highest run-scorer this year.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
If India bat first, picking more batters from their side would be more beneficial. The conditions favour their batting approach. On the other hand, the Netherlands shot themselves in the feet in the last game. Their reckless approach is likely to put them on the back foot against the likes of India.