We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Matches played in the series: 5
1st innings average score: 158
2nd innings average score: 146
Type: Excellent for batting.
Probable XI for Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani/Haris Rauf
Probable XI for Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain
While Shadab Khan didn’t take any wicket against New Zealand, he played a vital knock of 34 runs. One way or the other, he keeps the fantasy players happy. Against Bangladesh, he has taken 6 wickets, never going wicketless in 5 T20Is.
Liton Das made it to the Ultimate Team in two of three games. He has scored 73 runs at a decent strike rate of 126.
Despite the conditions not favouring spin bowling, Mohammad Nawaz has picked 4 wickets in 3 games. He is yet to make significant contributions with the bat, but given Pakistan have already qualified for the final, they might as well send him up the order.
Yasir Ali and Najmul Hossain Shanto have blown hot and cold, having only one good knock to their name. In their defence, the nature of the game may breed inconsistency at times. However, given their overall combination and forms of both teams, these two are ahead in the fantasy race.
Mohammad Wasim has produced bonus points for economy twice in three innings, overall taking 5 wickets. Despite the pitch favouring the batters, Wasim has managed to strike at regular intervals.
Haris Rauf has been brilliant at the death. 3 of his 4 wickets have come with the old ball. His overall form too has been spectacular, sniping up 17 wickets in 10 T20Is.
Amongst both teams, Babar Azam has collected the most fantasy points (78) in the series. He got starts in all three games – one of which he converted into a fine score of 79. His consistency has levelled up his average to 58 in New Zealand.
Shakib Al Hasan has not been successful at all with the ball, but he made full amends with the bat against New Zealand. It was his 70 off 44 that kept Bangladesh in the hunt. To further boost his case, he has excellent numbers against Pakistan: 292 runs at an average of 42 and 6 wickets in 9 T20Is.
Barring his 78* against Bangladesh in the opening game, Mohammad Rizwan has not done anything significant. As a matter of fact, outside Asia, his average drops below 30 compared to his overall average of 52.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
No Bangladesh bowler has taken more than two wickets in three games. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s spinners and pacers have been bowling well in tandem. To be on the safer side, picking all-rounders from Bangladesh is likely to keep your fantasy teams balanced.