SL v WI: Fantasy Analysis

Lahiru Kumara 
Kumara toppled four for 58 off 23.3 overs including five maidens in the first innings of Sri Lanka’s third Test with the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Kumara has been outstanding this calendar year, taking 17 wickets in eight innings at an average of 25.47 including three four-wicket hauls. The 21-year-old seamer has really come into his own this series and both bowled the most overs of any Sri Lankan bowler in the first innings and at the best economy of the bunch.

Shane Dowrich
Dowrich totalled 71 off 132 including nine boundaries in the first innings of the West Indies third Test with Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The wicketkeeper has been excellent with the bat in 2018 after starting his career relatively slowly. In 33 innings coming into this year, he had one century and five half-centuries. However, in six innings this year, he has his best-career Test score (an unbeaten 125 against Sri Lanka) and two half-centuries including his first innings, a 115-run partnership with Jason Holder on the sixth wicket.

Jason Holder 
Holder top-scored with 74 off 123 including 13 boundaries with the bat and toppled four for 19 off 16 overs including eight maidens with the ball in the first innings of the West Indies third Test with Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The Windies skipper did a little bit of everything and then some. His 115-run sixth wicket partnership with Shane Dowrich salvaged the West Indies’ innings with the bat and then made sure that the Sri Lanka tail wouldn’t steal runs late, conceding at just 1.18 an over with half of his overs going for maidens. While he may neither be the best batsman in the side nor the best bowler, he’s shown an ability to turn in a captain’s knock with the bat (his seventh fifty of his 32 match career) and do more than just control the run rate with the ball (his second four-for).

AUS v ENG, 1st T20: Players to watch out for

After a 5-0 whitewash in the ODIs, Australia will take on England once again. This time, for the shorter format. While England is a massive force, the young guns representing Australia cannot be taken lightly because the team is backed by the Big Bash experience and IPL for a few.

Talking about IPL, Buttler got this ‘Midas touch’ when he was asked to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals. He will be their main man today. Almost every single batsmen in England have got their form right on top getting into this T20I series. Whereas, Australian batsmen will have a work to do here.

Talking about the bowling, both the teams will have a tough time here. Having said that, Australian bowlers did well in the IPL, especially, Andrew Tye.

Both Alex Carey and Tim Paine will be under the scanner to perform well today.

Here are the players to watch out for:

Jos Buttler: Buttler is having an extraordinary season with the bat. Right from the IPL, he is leading the team from the front, and in the last ODI, he took Australia home with his brilliant hundred.

Alex Carey: The newly appointed Vice-captain will look to make his mark in the T20Is

Moeen Ali: Australia couldn’t read Ali’s variation, and he will look to rattle Australia once again.

Aaron Finch: After 5-0 whitewash in the ODIs, the shorter format might bring some luck to the captain.

IND A v WI A: Players to watch out for

Here are the players to watch out for:

Deepak Chahar: Right from the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Chahar has announced himself. He had a great season with IPL champions CSK and is continuing to dominate the batsmen.

Prithvi Shaw: Except the last match, Shaw’s run in the tournament is impressive. He will be looking to bounce back today.

Jason Mohammed: The captain will be looking to lead from the front and will be keen to make a mark today.

K Paul: Paul received the ’emerging player of the year’ award from the Windies cricket board recently. He will be under the radar to perform well.

Spin v Morocco: Fantasy tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 23:30 IST
Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Head to Head

Total Matches: 6
Spain: 5 (83%)
Morocco: 0 (0%)
Draws: 1 (17%)

Spain: W D W D W
Morocco: D W W L L

Players to watch out for:

Pepe Reina: Spain’s second-choice goalkeeper, may miss the game through injury. Nacho Monreal, who missed several days of training with injury, should be fit to take up a place on the bench.

Diego Costa: The Striker has scored nine goals in his last nine international starts for Spain.

Youssef Ait Bennasser: The Morocco midfielder is likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

Andreas Iniesta: Spain could be tempted to rest him today. Regardless of who plays, Spain looks good.

Saudi Arabia v Egypt: Fantasy Tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 19:30 IST
Where: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Head to Head

Total Matches: 6
Saudi Arabia: 1
Egypt: 4
Draws: 1

Saudi Arabia: L L L L L
Egypt: D D L L L

Previous Match’s Starting XI
Saudi Arabia – Mohammed Al Owais, Mohammed Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Taisir Al-Jassim, Abdullah Otayf, Hattan Bahebri, Salman Al-Faraj, Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad

Egypt – Mohamed El-Shenawy, Ahmed Fathy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mo Salah, Abdallah Said, Trezeguet, Marwan Mohsen

Players to watch out for:
Mohamed Salah: The truth is that Egypt’s team isn’t strong enough and if there is something that Salah taught us, it is that a single man can’t do everything in a team game.

Ahmed Hegazi: he is a good defender and it would be wise to have him in your team – especially given his price.

Salman Al-Faraj: Just like Otayf, Al-Faraj has done his bit in the middle of the pitch, coming up with several incisive passes and tackles.

Ramadan Sobhi: His lack of experience made him sit out and he might sit out today as well.

Poland v Columbia: Players to watch out for

Here are the players to watch out for in today’s match

James Rodríguez: The 2014 World Cup saw the birth of a new star, who went on to win the golden boot. Four years later, Rodriguez still will be the star. The midfielder scored 7 goals and provided 11 assists for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season.

Dávinson Sánchez: Backed by an excellent season with Tottenham, Sanchez is one of the mainstays for the Columbia.

Robert Lewandowski: Lewandowski scored 16 of Poland’s 28 goals in the qualifying campaign. If he gets going, Poland will have a great chance to win.

Jakub Blaszczykowski: From a personal tragedy to a national hero, Blaszczykowski’s journey is an inspiration. The Wolfsburg’s midfielder has had a great season for the team and will be hoping to continue his great form here at Russia.

Japan v Senegal: Fantasy tips

When: 24th June 2018 – 20:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

Head To Head

Matches: 3

Japan: 0 wins (0%)

Senegal: 2 wins (67%)

Draws: 1 (33%)


Japan: L L L W W (decent form)

Senegal: D D L W W (decent form)

Previous Match’s Playing XI


Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo, Makato Hasebe (C), Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui, Yuya Osako

Probable Changes: Keisuke Honda in for Haraguchi. The left-footed free-kick specialist set up Osako’s goal and had a big impact in the game. Expect him to start in place of Haraguchi, who had a poor outing against Colombia.


Khadim N’Diaye (GK), Moussa Wague, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Alfred N’Diaye, Idrissa Gueye, Sadio Mane (C), Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, M’baye Niang

K Honda: His bruised thigh could keep him out of the game, having suffered the slight knock after coming on against Colombia in Japan’s first game.

Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Senegal will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.

Idrissa Gueye: The Everton star is one of the main players for Senegal. Gueye’s weakness is that he tends to make more fouls than anyone in the team. The 28 years old has improved a lot in the recent times though.

Saliou Ciss: The Valenciennes defender was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury and will be missing the entirety of the World Cup.

England v Panama: Fantasy tips

When: 24th June 2018 – 17:30 IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Previous Match’s Playing XI


Jordan Pickford (GK), Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (C)


Jaime Penedo (GK), Michael Amir Murillo, Roman Torres (C), Fidel Escobar, Erick Davis, Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Blas Perez

Players to watch out for:

Harry Kane: The Spurs attacker got England off to a flier with a 2-goal haul against Tunisia. Both the goals had an element of fortune to them but Kane was at the right place at the right time to knock the ball home.

John Stones: The Manchester City defender was solid at the back against Tunisia, He is expected to be his usual miserly self against Panama too.

Gabriel Gomez: The midfielder was critical to Panama restricting Belgium from scoring in the first half.

Jaime Penedo: The goalkeeper couldn’t stop the flood of goals in the second half, but for 47 minutes of the match he was rock solid. Panama would want him to replicate that early match form against England.

England v Australia: Fantasy tips

England is one win away to become the second team to whitewash Australia.
Can they do it?

Here are the players to watch out for:

Jonny Bairstow: The last 20 matches have been great for him, especially the last few matches where he scored five 50+ scores in seven matches.

Jason Roy: The another opener who is in blistering form with two hundred plus scores in this series.

Aaron Finch: Finch opened the innings the other night and he came back to his best in a flash and will look to own the bowlers.

Ashton Agar: When every single bowler was taken for runs by the England players, they couldn’t read Agar’s variation and this is the only positive for Australia in this series.

South Korea v Mexico: Fantasy Tips

When: 23rd June, 20:30 IST
Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don

Head to Head
Total Matches: 11
South Korea: 4
Mexico: 6
Draws: 1

South Korea: W L D L L
Mexico: L D W L W

Players to watch out for:
Park Joo-Ho: He is ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced by Kim Min-Woo.

Hector Herrera: The Mexican midfielder put in a full shift against Germany and was the driving force behind his team’s scintillating win.

Hirving Lozano: Though he missed several chances, Hirving Lozano scored the crucial goal that sealed Mexico’s historic win against Germany.

Ki Sung-Yueng: The midfielder holds the crucial No. 10 position behind the striker and will be hoping to link-up with Son to create chances for an out-of-sorts Korean attack.