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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 22, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 22 Pakistan rallied on for a hard-fought victory in the first ODI against South Africa to kick-start the ODI series in style. South Africa who batted first, rode on Hashim Amla’s century to post a modest total of 266 but were unable to contain the Pakistan resurgence as the visitors won a hard battle to cross the finish line. With a 1-0 lead, Pakistan will now face South Africa in the second ODI at the Kingsmead in Durban on Tuesday, January 22. With some standout performers in both the sides, the second ODI will have some in-form players entering the field on Tuesday. Best economical pick – Although Hashim Amla scored a century, it was Rassie Van Der Dussen’s knock of 93 that propelled South Africa to 266. His innings had a good mix of tenacity and composure as he played according to the requirements. Van Der Dussen is a great pick to have for your Fantasy Cricket side as he is one of the in-form batsmen in the match. Top captains & vice captains – What a day Mohammad Hafeez had in Port Elizabeth. While he couldn’t contribute much with the ball, his knock of 71 in the death overs during Pakistan’s run chase meant that the visitors crossed the finish line rather comfortably at the end. Hafeez was the pivot in Pakistan’s batting attack providing some much needed stability in the middle overs and helping Pakistan to victory. He is an established performer for Pakistan and is an impact player in the squad. Pakistan’s opener Imam ul Haq has had some good displays in the last one year. Batting with Fakhar Zaman, Imam forms a good partnership in the opening overs and is a player that has proved that he is a dependable player for Pakistan. In the first ODI, he set the tone in Pakistan’s run chase scoring 86 runs and creating a stage for the middle-order batsmen to come and perform. Smart pick – While Amla’s century in the first ODI will influence a lot of Fantasy Cricket players to pick him for the South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd ODI, Reeza Hendricks has been one of South Africa’s finest batsmen for over a year. While he has been consistent, Hendricks is also a player that plays according to the situation and is a player who should be in your Cricbattle Fantasy Cricket team. Cautions Pick – Sarfaraz Ahmed didn’t have the best of the Test series. He only scored 112 runs in six innings at an average of 18. Then scored just 1 run in the first ODI. He has got to perform well if he is to make a case for the mega-tournament this year. My XI – Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Imam ul Haq (Vice-Captain), Rassie Van Der Dussen, Babar Azam, Imran Tahir, Reeza Hendricks, Hasan Ali, Kagiso Rabada, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hashim Amla, Fakhar Zaman
CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 19, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips South Africa vs Pakistan on January 19 After a clearly one-sided three match Test series, South Africa and Pakistan renew their rivalry as they face off in the first ODI at Port Elizabeth on Saturday, January 19. South Africa were ruthless in the Test series as they completed a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan. Although it won’t be the same in the limited over series, South Africa and Pakistan will look to kick off their run up to the Cricket World Cup with a win. ODI matches from now will be very important for the teams as they will look to try out different combinations to get the best out of their players. White ball cricket has been Pakistan's stronger suit over the last couple of years with the emergence of talent such as Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan. Senior players like Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed hold key to the Pakistan fortunes. Best economical pick – Still a newcomer in the squad, Henrich Klaasen is slowly but steadily cementing his spot in the Proteas squad. Klaasen is not only known for is explosive style of batting but he also looks to score some clever runs and keep the scoreboard ticking. With the absence of Quinton De Kock, Klaasen has the perfect opportunity to shine for his team and stake his claim for the bus to the World Cup. Top captains & vice captains – One of the few skippers who has improved his games after being handed the armband, Faf du Plessis has been a great player for South Africa in recent years. Not only is he a finisher when it comes to the death overs, but he looks to soak in a lot of pressure and play some smart cricket. Du Plessis is an asset for any team that he plays for. How good has Kagiso Rabada being off late! One of the young guns to come out of South Africa, he has the pace and the accuracy to trouble any batting attack in the world. With Dale Steyn being rested for the ODI series, Rabada has a good chance to shine as South Africa’s number one bowler. Smart pick – An all-rounder is always one of the most important players you choose in your Fantasy Cricket team. Mohammad Hafeez is one such player who has been a great player for Pakistan with the bat and ball. Hafeez can turn a match around with his deliveries and can also chase down big scores in the death overs. Cautions Pick – Mohammad Aamir have been very poor in ODIs off late. In 2018, Aamir played 10 matches and picked 3 wickets only with an average of over 100. Which is very poor according to his standards. He won’t get you fantasy points if he won’t take wickets regularly, so don’t take much risk by picking him in your fantasy team. My XI – Faf du Plessis (Captain), Kagiso Rabada (Vice-Captain), Henrich Klassen, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Imran Tahir, Sarfraz Ahmed, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Shadab Khan
Critical Updates
  • Kuldeep Yadav

    Playing XI : Definitely

    Analysis : Kuldeep Yadav was rested in the first ODI and that affected India very badly in the middle overs. He is one of the few bowlers who have the ability to pick up the wickets at a regular interval during the middle overs. Kuldeep Yadav should be back to the playing for the second ODI to contain the Windies batsmen from scoring more runs in the middle overs.

  • Dasun Shanaka
    Playing XI : May be
    Analysis : Niroshan Dickwella is expected to come into the side in place of Dasun Shanaka. For all the talent and the skill that he possesses, Shanaka hasn’t been able to deliver either with the bat or the ball. He just bowled three overs and was run out after an extended struggle with the willow against Bangladesh.
  • Akila Dananjaya
    Playing XI : May be
    Analysis : The Sri Lankan mystery off-spinner Akila Dananjaya bagged 14 wickets in the recently concluded five-match series against South Africa, claiming six wickets in the final ODI and bamboozling the South African batsmen for a paltry total of 121. Possessing a classic leg-spinner, a carrom ball, and a splendid googly up his sleeve, Akila Dhananjaya is definitely a key player in this Sri Lankan squad for this tournament.
    Akila Dananjaya will not be available for the matches between 15th and 17th as his wife is expected to give birth to their first child.
  • Prithvi Shaw
    Playing XI : May be
    Analysis : The Indian batting prodigy from Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw, is expected to get his first international game in the fifth Test against England after a dismal show by KL Rahul in the fourth Test. Shaw has been exceptional in the recent scheme of things. Hence, in Shaw, India might look to end their opening woes in the fifth Test.
  • Alastair Cook

    Playing XI - Definitely

    Analysis : Alastair Cook has not been in good form for England for almost a year now. In the three Test matches against India, he has scored just 80 runs in five innings at an average of 16. He hasn't used his feet at all to the Indian pacers and hence has nicked the ball a couple of times. Being a good player of spin bowling, he has surprisingly got out to Ashwin twice in the three Test matches so far. Hence, England should consider the option of dropping Alastair Cook in the remaining two matches.