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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips England vs India on July 14, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips England vs India on July 14 England will look to level the series when they take on India in the second ODI at London on Saturday. England lost the first ODI comprehensively to India and need to put up a better show in the second ODI to give a tough challenge to Virat Kohli and his men. On the other hand, ‘Men in Blue’ look a superior team at the moment and would want to seal the series in the second ODI itself. Best economical pick – Kuldeep was easily the pick of the Indian bowlers and he almost singlehandedly dismantled the English top and middle order. The England batsmen seemed to have a better idea of playing him in the second T20I, but Kuldeep managed to get the better of them in 1st ODI. With astonishing figures of 6/25 in his 10 overs, this was a night to remember for Kuldeep as he broke numerous records. Top captains & vice captains – He smashed them in the 3rd T20I and he smashed them again in the 1st ODI. Such has been the return of Rohit Sharma’s form that England bowlers seem clueless as to what to bowl to him. Rohit was in full flow as he scored his 18th ODI century and his first against England in ODI cricket. He toyed with England bowlers especially the spinning duo of Adil Rashid and Mooen Ali and lofted them for some huge sixes. Hitman completed his century with a six of just 84 balls. His innings was full of class and style. He steered India through and stayed till the end scoring 137 of just 114 balls. Virat Kohli built a magnificent partnership worth 167 runs along with Rohit Sharma. He accomplished his half-century and looked settled to notch yet another century in the 50-overs format. However, that wasn’t the case and Adil Rashid picked him up at a score of 75 runs from 82 balls. Smart pick – One English batsman, who has had all the answers to whatever has been thrown at him, is Jos Butler. He just never fails to make an impact. In first ODI, he came in at a very tricky situation. England had lost 3 wickets in succession and India’s wrist spinners were on fire. Butler played his natural game and scored at a strike rate of above 100. Butler’s crucial 53 of just 51 balls helped England post a decent total on the scoreboard to defend. Cautious Pick – In spite of being the man behind England's redemption in limited overs cricket post-2015 World Cup, Eoin Morgan has not proven to be a match winner or run-machine for England. His struggles against spin would be well known to India and the spin twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav would do their best to trouble Morgan and get him out cheaply. My XI – Rohit Sharma (Captain), Virat Kohli (Vice-Captain), Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, David Willey, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Moeen Ali
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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Zimbabwe vs Pakistan on July 13, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Zimbabwe vs Pakistan on July 13 Pakistan recently won the T20I triangular series in Zimbabwe, involving the hosts and Australia. Sarfraz Ahmed and his men comprehensively brushed aside the Australians led by Aaron Finch, by seven wickets in the Final to clinch the championship. The visitors are now scheduled to play a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which gets underway from July 13 at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. The Men in Green are ranked fifth in ODIs and they would want to put forth a strong show, provided the series takes place without any undesired hassle. The hosts didn’t have an auspicious tri-series and would be keen to give their rivals a run for their money. Best economical pick – The leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who has 24 wickets in 17 matches, will be the go-to man for Pakistan when it comes to spin. Shadab is an excellent asset to have, a leg-spinner with a lot of variations and a lower-order batsman who can tonk the ball. Moreover, he’s an excellent fielder as well. He is the best all-rounder for Pakistan across all formats in the recent days. Being a wrist-spinner, his responsibility is to keep the batsmen in check. Top captains & vice captains – Fakhar Zaman, who is currently at the second spot in T20 International batsman rankings, has been in tremendous form. In the recently concluded tri-nation series in Zimbabwe, which also featured Australia, the left-hander scored 278 runs in five matches and was adjudged as 'Player of the Series'. Babar Azam has fantastic records in the ODIS. He is one of the best batsmen for Pakistan at the moment, especially in the limited-overs format. He is the No.2 batsman in ICC Batsmen Rankings for ODIs at the moment. He has an average of over 50 in the one day internationals. Smart pick – A veteran, Shoaib Malik, occupies the number five spot. He remains to be a stalwart of their limited-overs lineup having racked up a significant amount of runs. In the recently concluded tri-series, Malik scored 132 runs in five matches at an average of 66. He has scored 6975 runs in 261 ODI games that he played at an average of 35.23 with a decent strike-rate of 81.77. Cautious Pick – Elton Chigumbura is one of his team’s more experienced players, however, he hasn’t been able to deliver the goods for his side in the recent past. The all-rounder has scored just 28 runs in four matches of the recently concluded T20 Tri Series at an average of 9 that doesn’t showcase the potential he has got. My XI – Fakhar Zaman (Captain), Babar Azam (Vice-Captain), Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Tendai Chisoro, Fahim Ashraf, Peter Moor, Chamu Chibhabha, Tarisai Musakanda, Asif Ali
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Critical Updates
  • Dale Steyn
    Playing XI : Definitely 
     
    Analysis : The last time Dale Steyn lasted a full test series was back in 2016 against New Zealand. Since then he’s largely found himself out injured. Finally he is fully fit and ready to roar. Steyn is just three wickets short of surpassing Shaun Pollock’s tally of 421 Test wickets and if he does that, he will become the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Test cricket. But it will be interesting to see how he goes after the umpteenth injury break.
  • Kuldeep Yadav

    Playing XI : Definitely

    Analysis : Kuldeep was the wrecker-in-chief in the first T20I when he bagged a five wicket haul in the winning cause. The English side, however, did a commendable job to ensure that they did not give their wickets away to Kuldeep in the previous game. Now, the onus is on Kuldeep to bounce back with a good show.

  • Tom Curran
    Playing XI : May be
     
    Analysis : Tom Curran is a doubt for the first clash at Old Trafford and so Malan has been called in as cover. Curran is struggling with a side strain, although he is expected to be fit for the second and third matches.
     
  • Lokesh Rahul
    Playing XI : May be
     
    Analysis : With well-established openers like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the side it seemed difficult for Rahul to get a game. However, Dhawan was rested for the 2nd T20 against Ireland and Rahul was included in the playing XI. He played a fluent knock of 70 runs and won the man-of-the-match award. Looking at Rahul's excellent form he might get another game.

     

  • William Porterfield

    Playing XI : Definitely

     Analysis William Porterfield is an orthodox player and has the ability to drop the anchor and play deep into the innings. Also, he has the experience to bring out all the strokes when the situation demands. The Irish Test captain is not in-charge of the side in the shortest format but holds the key with the bat at the top of the order. He has been synonymous with Ireland cricket and has been with the side in all its highs and lows and hence he needs to shoulder the responsibility against a strong Indian side.