We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Probable Playing XIs for Pakistan & England
Probable XI for Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Probable XI for England: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Pitch Report for Pakistan vs England T20 World Cup Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
(Based on the last 3 games)
1st innings average score: 167
2nd innings average score: 127
Wickets per innings: 7
Type: Decent wicket to bat. Longer square boundaries.
Weather: Showers forecast.
Batting 1st: 67%
Batting 2nd: 33%
Fantasy Tips of The Day
The bulk of the runs have come from England’s top order. The middle order, comprising Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, and Liam Livingstone, has contributed only 148 runs in their last 5 T20Is.
England’s premier spinners have also not been able to make much impact. While Adil Rashid has 2 wickets to his credit, Moeen Ali has none. That said, if the Melbourne wicket starts to offer any assistance, the duo can certainly make their presence felt.
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Smart Fantasy Picks
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales have collectively added 410 runs in this World Cup, including their unbeaten opening partnership of 170 in the semis, for which they were the captain and vice-captain of the Ultimate Team respectively.
Shadab Khan‘s role with the bat wasn’t required in the semis. With the ball too, he went wicketless for the first time in 5 outings. Despite that, he has generated the most fantasy points (185.5) by a Pakistani cricketer.
Sam Curran might have gone wicketless at Adelaide, but one cannot overlook the fact that he is the leading wicket-taker (10) for England in this tournament. For his consistency, he was a part of the Ultimate Team in 4 of 7 games.
Harris Rauf has taken 6 wickets in this tournament, including a two-fer against India in Melbourne. Against England, he has bagged 14 wickets in 11 T20Is.
Shaheen Afridi has been on a wicket-taking spree in the last three games. In this period, he has picked 9 wickets, including the best figures of 4 for 22. Moreover, he has struck with the new ball every single time.
Facing England again will bring fond memories for Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, who finished as the top two run-scorers respectively in the recently concluded 7-T20I series between the two sides. While Rizwan collected 363 runs at 63, Babar accumulated 285 runs at 57.