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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on December 15, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on December 15 On Saturday, New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The match sees Sri Lanka, who is struggling for form and affected by suspensions and retirements, meet a resurgent New Zealand side with no such problems. Sri Lanka faced England at home in the recent series and slipped to defeat in all three Tests. New Zealand, on the other hand, begin their summer of international cricket on the back of an excellent 2-1 series win against Pakistan in the UAE. Sri Lanka’s mission is highlighted by the fact that they have won just two Tests in New Zealand in 17 attempts. Sri Lanka’s away form has been patchy over the last two years but wins in the UAE against Pakistan, Bangladesh and the West Indies will give them heart that they could pull off an upset. The venue for the first Test is Basin Reserve in Wellington. New Zealand have been beaten at the venue, by South Africa in 2017, but resounding wins against Bangladesh and the West Indies demonstrates their ability to dominate sides not at the top of their form. Best economical pick – Henry Nicholls had skated by on a modest average for the first 16 Tests of his career, but 2018 might just be the making of the man. He made 145 not out against England, in Auckland, to begin the year, but it was in the UAE last month that he truly blossomed, making scores of 55 and 77 before his outstanding match-turning second-innings 126 not out in the company of Williamson, in Abu Dhabi. Top captains & vice captains – One of the key clashes between the two sides will be between the captains, Kane Williamson and Dinesh Chandimal. The Sri Lankan captain has a fine batting average of 44.29 but Williamson’s 51.57 is evidence of his batting superiority. In latest ICC rankings the Black Caps captain has become the first New Zealander to achieve over 900 points and he is just seven points below Virat Kohli. Chandimal is ranked 12 but has only scored over 50 once in his last eight innings. Williamson has three including his majestic 139 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Smart pick – Karunaratne had a good series against England, scoring three half-centuries and will look to continue that form here. On surfaces that are likely to assist bowlers, Karunaratne's presence at the top will do Sri Lanka a world of good. Cautions Pick – New Zealand All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme had a very poor test series against Pakistan recently. Neither he scored runs nor took wickets in the 3 march series against Pakistan. My XI – Kane Williamson (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal (Vice-Captain), Henry Nicholls, Dimuth Karunaratne, BJ Watling, Jeet Raval, Suranga Lakmal, Tim Southee, Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva
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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Bangladesh vs West Indies on December 14, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Bangladesh vs West Indies on December 14 West Indies pulled one back on Tuesday against Bangladesh in the second ODI to level the three-match series in a thrilling encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Shai Hope struck a magnificent century to beat the hosts by four wickets with just two balls remaining. With the series evenly balanced, the two teams now head to Sylhet International Cricket Stadium for the third and final ODI match of the tournament. The two matches have brought some genuine match-winners from both sides and can make life a little difficult for Fantasy Cricket players across the globe. Best economical pick – Oshane Thomas is a really good player performing in an ordinary team. The seamer showed a lot of potential in West Indies’ tour of India and is now continuing his good form against Bangladesh. Thomas’ spell, where he claimed three wickets, was probably the turning point of the match and helped West Indies restrict Bangladesh to under 260. Top captains & vice captains – If you witnessed Shai Hope’s performance in the second ODI, it will be very difficult to keep him out of your team. The wicketkeeper struck a beautiful unbeaten century and stuck till the very end to guide the Windies home. Hope’s shot selection was thoughtful and perfectly balanced which makes his case for the team in the third ODI. Shakib Al-Hasan showed why experience is one of the most sought-after traits in cricket during his quickfire 62-ball 65. He has been a mainstay in the Bangladesh squad for over a decade and came onto bat when the hosts were struggling. But the all-rounder displayed nerves of steel and built what was a vital partnership along with Rahim. Al-Hasan’s bowling prowess also makes him an extremely resourceful pick for your Fantasy team. Smart pick – While Shai Hope has undoubtedly grabbed all the headlines on Tuesday, Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim also had a decent outing. Rahim, who has had quite a year, helped consolidate the Bangladesh innings after a shaky start. Though he couldn’t convert his innings into something special, his knock of 62 took Bangladesh out of trouble temporarily. Cautions Pick – The 29-year-old batsman from Trinidad, Darren Bravo made a return to the ODI team after a gap of two years and the comeback wasn’t a memorable one for him by any means. The southpaw strained with a 51-ball 19 in the first ODI and then played another slow innings of 27 runs off 43 balls. My XI – Shai Hope (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan (Vice-Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Roston Chase, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Oshane Thomas, D BIshoo, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan
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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.