Pakistan v Zimbabwe: Players analysis

Mohammad Amir
Amir claimed figures of one for 25 for Pakistan in a seven-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the fourth match of the T20I Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Amir produced more than decent performance for the Men in Green in a comfortable triumph. During his first outing on the tour, the left-armer looked sharp and claimed a prized scalp of dangerous Tarisai Musakanda. While doing so, Amir also finished as the second-most economical bowler in the match with an economy-rate of 6.25.

Fahim Ashraf
Ashraf claimed figures of one for 24 for Pakistan in a seven-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the fourth match of the T20I Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashraf produced a brilliant performance for the visitors in a comfortable win. Even though the right-arm pacer only claimed a wicket, but finished the day as the most economical bowler with an economy-rate of just six. That was not it as Ashraf also bowled 10 dot balls, joint second-most in the match behind teammate Mohammad Amir (11).

Sarfraz Ahmed
Ahmed scored 38 not out off 21 balls with the help of six fours for Pakistan in a seven-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the fourth match of the T20I Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ahmed played a real captain’s knock for the team in an important win. The wicketkeeper-batsman came out to bat with the team needing eight runs per over and finished the job in style with a fluent unbeaten 38. It was also Ahmed’s highest score in the tournament so far.

Hussain Talat
Talat scored 44 off 35 balls with the help of one six for Pakistan in a seven-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the fourth match of the T20I Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Talat produced a responsible knock for Pakistan in an important win. The left-handed batsman looked in control of his innings and made a valuable contribution of 44 in the team’s victory. The most impressive aspect of Talat’s knock was his ability to rotate the strike as he scored nearly 87% of his runs with the help of running between the wickets.

Solomon Mire
Mire scored 94 off 63 with the help of six fours and six sixes for Zimbabwe in a seven-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the fourth match of the T20I Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Mire produced outstanding innings for Zimbabwe in a losing cause. The right-handed batsman looked in supreme tough right from the word go and scored his first half-century in the T20I format. While doing so, Mire also became the player with the highest individual score of 94 for Zimbabwe in the 20-over format.

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).

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

Form
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%)

Form

Japan: L L L W W (decent form)

Senegal: D D L W W (decent form)

Previous Match’s Playing XI

Japan

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.

Senegal

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.

France v Peru: Fantasy tips

When: 21ST June, 20:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg
Head to Head
Total Matches: 1
France: 0 (0%)
Peru: 1 (100%)

Form
France: W W W D W (great form)
Peru: W W W D L (average form)

Playing XI
France: Hugo Lloris (GK), Lucas Hernández, Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane, Benjamin Pavard, N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé

Peru: Pedro Gallese (GK), Luis Advíncula, Alberto Rodríguez, Christian Ramos, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún, Jefferson Farfán, Christian Cueva, André Carrillo, Edison Flores

Players to watch out for: 

Paul Pogba: A lot is expected from Pogba in this World Cup. In the last match, though it was an own goal by Australia, Pogba was the main reason why France won.

Antoine Griezmann: The winger will look to continue his great form. Griezmann now is involved in 9 of the 13 recent goals that France scored.

Paolo Guerrero: The Peru striker is expected to return to the starting XI today. He will provide a better goal threat for France.

Pedro Gallese: Peru’s goalkeeper will be under the radar as he will have a huge task in front of him as Pogba will look to attack.

Australia v England, 3rd ODI: Fantasy tips

When: June 19, 2018
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Preview:
After a worst first match, Australia did well with the bat, thanks to Shaun Marsh’s excellent knock. Other than that, The Roos has failed completely and the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith is hurting them badly.

On the other hand, England is not letting the past demons to hurt them and is doing well in the series. A win here will give them a back to back bilateral series win against Australia.

Players to watch out for:
Jos Buttler: Since his blistering knocks in the IPL, Buttler is having an extraordinary season with the bat. One of the top-scorers for England in both the recently concluded Test series and the current ODI series is also doing an excellent job behind the wickets.

Shaun Marsh: The big brother Marsh has taken the responsibility to hold the middle-order together very well. Though Australia lost the match the other night, Shaun Marsh’s ton will be one of the best outcomes for Australia.

Adil Rashid: Though he went for runs, he has the knack of picking up wickets at the right time. In his ten matches against Australia, Rashid has picked up 17 wickets.

Marcus Stoinis: The Australian all-rounder must utilize this chance to fix his place permanently in the team in the absence of Mitch Marsh. In his last ten matches against England, Stoinis has scored 340 runs and has picked up a few wickets as well.

Colombia v Japan: Fantasy tips

When: June 19TH, 17:30 IST
Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Head to head
Total Matches: 3
Colombia: 2, Japan: 0, Draws: 1

Colombia will enter into this match will a little concern as their main man James Rodríguez might not in the starting XI today.

The midfield duo of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda will hold the key for Japan in terms of creating chances. Containing an attacking side like Colombia is going to be difficult for Japan though, and the defensive pairing of Maya Yoshida and Tomoaki Makino will have their hands full during the match.

Form
Colombia: L W W D D
Japan: D L L L W

Predicted Starting 11
Colombia: David Ospina (GK), Santiago Arias, Dávinson Sánchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Carlos Sánchez, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao

Japan: Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki

Players to watch out for:

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.

Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper who is still haunted by the team’s 2014 loss to Columbia will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Columbia will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.

Keisuke Honda: The 32-year-old is well past his prime but his left-foot is still very capable, and he retains his penchant for the spectacular as many of his 36 international goals suggest. Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in five of Japan’s six goals at the last two World Cups, scoring three goals and assisting two more.

HAM v YOR: Fantasy tips

Players to watch out for in the Fantasy Football: 

Liam Dawson: The all-rounder has gone wicketless only once in his last seven games and did make useful contributions with the bat as well.

C Pujara: After the win in the Test against Afghanistan, Pujara is back to the squad and will play this crucial match.

Dale Steyn: The veteran will use all his experiences to stop Yorkshire from winning today.

Adam Lyth: Lyth is enjoying a good season with two tons in his last five matches and some good spell with the ball.

CRO v NGA: Fantasy Tips

When: 17th June 2018 – 00:30 IST (16th June GMT)
Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Form
Croatia: D L W L W (decent form)
Nigeria: W L D L L (poor form)

Predicted Starting 11
Croatia
Danijel Subasic (GK), Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Strinic, Milan Badelj, Ivan Rakitic, Andrej Kramaric, Luka Modric (C), Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic

Nigeria
Francis Uzoho (GK), Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel (C), Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo

Players to watch out for:
Francis Uzoho: 19-year-old is one of the youngest goalkeepers on tour, Uzoho’s impressive shut-outs have even made him the first choice Goalkeeper for the team.

Vedran Corluka: His lack of match practice might keep him away from the starting line-up.

Abdullahi Shehu: His fast movement is one of the best assets. He will play the right back considering the lack of options in the position.

Luka Modric: His intelligent movement and incisive passing would be crucial in breaking Nigeria’s tight-knit defence.