We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Matches played this season: 2
1st innings average score: 179
2nd innings average score: 145
Type: Excellent for batting. Pacers with variations excel at the death.
Time: September 9, 4:30 AM IST
Probable XI for Saint Lucia: Johnson Charles, Faf du Plessis (c), Roston Chase, Ackeem Auguste, Tim David, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), David Wiese, Roshon Primus, Alzarri Joseph, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jeavor Royal
Rahkeem Cornwall was rested in the last game due to an injury. There is no further update on his recovery.
Probable XI for Barbados Royals: Quinton de Kock (wk), Kyle Mayers, Devon Thomas, David Miller (c), Corbin Bosch, Azam Khan, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas
David Miller promoted himself to No.3 and scored 60 off 36, providing bonus fantasy points for seven boundaries and a strike rate of 167. In the previous game against Saint Lucia, he had smashed 24* off 15. The overall form and recent numbers both are in his favour.
Mark Deyal has been collecting fantasy points in all departments: he has the highest score of 35 to go with 2 wickets and as many catches..
Quinton de Kock is finally getting into the groove. He has scored 137 runs at an impressive average of 27 in the last five games. In the previous match versus Trinbago, he smashed 44 off 34 and grabbed three catches behind the wicket, finally paying the faith the fantasy players had been placing in him.
Jason Holder and Obed McCoy have bowled well in tandem, taking six wickets between them. The duo has been employed mostly in the middle and end overs.
Faf du Plessis walked back for a duck after the scintillating 47* in the opening game, courtesy a gem of a ball from Mohammad Amir. His recent form, however, has been a mixed bag, scoring six single-digit scores in the last 10 T20s – most of which have come in the first innings.
Scott Kuggeleijn has maintained his reputation of being a wicket-taker with impressive figures of 1 for 26, 2 for 37, and 3 for 34. He mixes his lengths smartly, also effectively executing his slower deliveries.
Amongst both teams, Kyle Mayers has collected the most fantasy points (170) with scores of 73, 36, and 52 and the best bowling figures of 4 for 4. In other words, he has been the best player this season.
For Saint Lucia, Alzarri Joseph has been the MVP in fantasy leagues. With seven wickets at an average of 11, he is the joint-highest wicket-taker of the edition. Besides, he has generated additional points with the bat, registering the highest score of 29*.
Johnson Charles launched an onslaught right away, hammering 62 off 39 including fours and as many sixes in a challenging run chase of 164. He is a veteran of over 200 T20s, after all, averaging 25.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
Top-order batters, be it in the first or second innings, have been dominating at the venue this season. Pacers, who bowl at the death, have been taking more wickets than the others.