We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Super 4 Match at Dubai International Stadium
Matches played this edition: 7
1st innings average score: 170
2nd innings average score: 151
Type: Movement for seamers when the ball is new. Otherwise, a batting paradise through and through.
Time: September 9, 7:30 PM
Probable Playing XIs for Sri Lanka & Pakistan
Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando/Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka
Probable XI for Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Babar Azam has the highest score of 14 in the ongoing Asia Cup, overall scoring a mere 33 runs in four games. Before the tournament, he had scored a hundred or a fifty in his last 10 competitive games.
Probable Game Changers
Dasun Shanaka, in the true sense of the word, is a game-changer. With a brilliant knock of 33* and figures of 2 for 26, he spun the game in Sri Lanka’s way against India. In 2022, he has scored 396 runs at 40 in 15 T20Is.
Shadab Khan was promoted up the order against Afghanistan and he played the role of a pinch hitter to perfection. He scored 36 off 26 including a four and three sixes. With the ball, he has managed seven wickets in four games, dominating especially in the middle overs.
Smart Fantasy Picks
Dilshan Madushanka has been impressive on his debut series, registering figures of 1 for 26, 2 for 36, and 3 for 24. He has done the bulk of the damage in the death overs.
Chamika Karunaratne has taken two two-wicket hauls and has the highest score of 31 to his credit in this edition. Coincidentally, he has achieved all these glories in Dubai.
Besides hitting two glorious sixes in the final over, Naseem Shah has taken – in his primary role – six wickets, taking at least a wicket in each game and keeping fantasy players happy.
Pathum Nissanka was on point with his stroke play against India, hitting the ball to its merit, and more importantly, adjusting his game according to the field. In the process, he scored his sixth fifty in 26 innings.
Fantasy Power Picks
With 212 runs at an average of 70, Mohammad Rizwan is the highest run-scorer of the edition. He has been so spectacular that no other Pakistani batter has collected runs in three figures. In Dubai, he has scores of 43 and 71.
Kusal Mendis’ last three scores read 60, 36, and 57 – of which both fifties came at Dubai. His form has been so spectacular that he has amassed 361 runs at an average of 52 in the last eight professional T20s.
Six of Mohammad Nawaz’s eight wickets have come at Dubai. He has provided bonus points for the economy in three of four games. Above all this, he has the highest score of 42. If anything, he has been one of the safest picks in fantasy leagues.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
Spinners from Pakistan and pacers from Sri Lanka have been performing well. More importantly, with quality options available in the all-rounder category, pick as many to have an edge in fantasy leagues.