We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Northern vs Southern
First innings average score: 168
Second innings average: 162
Type: A batting beauty. Hardly any variable bounce.
Time: August 31, 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs for Northern & Southern
Probable XI for Northern: Faf du Plessis (c), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Adam Hose, Harry Brook, John Simpson (wk), David Wiese, Wayne Parnell, Adil Rashid, Ben Raine, Craig Miles
Probable XI for Southern: Paul Stirling, Quinton de Kock (wk), Tim David, James Vince (c), Alex Davies, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Rehan Ahmed, Jake Lintott, Sonny Baker, Michael Hogan
Be it with the bat or gloves, Quinton de Kock has failed to deliver. In 6 games, he has managed only 107 runs to go with 3 catches behind the stumps.
Tim David too has been poor with the bat this season. Although he remained unbeaten in his last 2 innings, 75 runs in 6 matches is no justice to his talent.
Every now and then, David Wiese has managed to raise a few eyebrows with his gutsy performances. In two visits to Leeds this season, he has added 75 runs, including the highest score of 50.
David Willey might not have set the stage on fire, but his ability to strike early in the powerplay, coupled with his hitting ability down the order, makes him a useful pick in fantasy leagues.
Smart Fantasy Picks
After a blazing knock of 74* against Welsh, Paul Stirling was dismissed for a duck in the last match against Trent. However, he kept fantasy players happy by picking the all-important wicket of Alex Hales.
After hammering an unbeaten 71 in the opening match against Welsh, James Vince has been unable to make any impact in his next 5 innings (0, 20, 15, 0, and 17). However, Southern will hope for one final flourish from their skipper.
Faf du Plessis too has blown hot and cold. Besides his knock of 56 against London, he has collected only 71 runs in 6 innings. That said, it only takes a few good overs for him to regain his confidence in the powerplay.
By accumulating 279 runs in 7 innings, including the highest score of 79, Adam Lyth is the third-highest run-getter in the competition. In the process, he has also smashed 19 sixes, thereby adding a bunch of bonus points.
Not once has Adil Rashid gone wicketless in this tournament. Besides picking 6 wickets, he has also been successful in restraining the batters from going big.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
While there is little separating the batting prowess of both sides, Northern’s bowling attack appears slightly superior. Picking their bowlers in your fantasy teams could help you stay ahead in the race.