We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Oval vs Birmingham
1st innings average score: 155
2nd innings average score: 156
Type: Decent batting wicket. Honest bounce on offer.
Time: August 23, 11.00 PM IST
Probable XI for Oval & Birmingham
Probable XI for Oval: Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Billings (c & wk), Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sunil Narine, Danny Briggs, Reece Topley, Mohammad Hasnain
Playing XI for Birmingham: Will Smeed, Miles Hammond, Moeen Ali (c), Liam Livingstone, Matthew Wade (wk), Chris Benjamin, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Henry Brookes, Kane Richardson, Imran Tahir
Smart Fantasy Picks
By hunting down 5 batters in 4 games, including the best figures of 2 for 28 in his previous outing, Mohammad Hasnain has been quietly helping fantasy players march ahead.
In the only three occasions that Benny Howell has batted in this tournament, he has scores of 22, 21*, and 11. With the ball, he has picked 5 wickets in as many games.
After going wicketless in the first three matches, Imran Tahir managed to pick a wicket in his last two outings. His ability to disguise batters with his quality wrong’uns is second to none.
Barring his 101* off 50 balls against Northern, Will Smeed has added only 23 runs in the tournament. For Birmingham to make the move upwards on the points table, he will have to quickly press the reset button.
Matthew Wade is yet to inflict a single dismissal with the gloves in this edition. With the bat too, he hasn’t done much, barring the knock of 38 against Welsh. That said, one recognizes what he is capable of in such formats.
While Tom Curran has added only 49 runs along with 3 wickets in 5 games, Sam Curran has taken 5 wickets and collected 132 runs in the same period. Nonetheless, the Curran brothers can make a huge difference in fantasy leagues with their dual ability.
Fantasy Power Picks
With 9 wickets, including the best figures of 3 for 12, Sunil Narine will continue to remain a hot pick in fantasy leagues. With the bat, he has scores of 23, 4, 6*, 9*, and 0. If he opens the batting, as he has done on a few occasions in this league, he can certainly add some crucial points.
Talk about making an impact in the Men’s 100 league, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone have already made a statement. While Moeen has scored 115 runs with the bat and bagged 4 wickets, Livingstone has collected 128 runs. With the ball, though, he has only one wicket to his credit.
One wonders for how long Oval are going to persist with the out-of-sorts Jason Roy. Amidst the scores of 20 and 10, he has also been dismissed for a duck on three occasions in this tournament.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
While the numbers haven’t been spectacular, try roping in the all-rounders from both teams for this round of fantasy cricket. They are likely to help you stay ahead in the race. Check more fantasy tips to improve your game.