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.

Uruguay v Russia: Fantasy tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 19:30 IST
Where: Samara Arena, Samara
Head to Head
Total Matches: 8 (7 with Russia as the Soviet Union)
Uruguay: 1
Russia: 7

Uruguay: W W W W W
Russia: L L D W W

Previous Match’s Starting XI
Uruguay – Fernando Muslera, Guillermo Varela, José Giménez, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres, Carlos Sánchez, Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Christian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez

Russia – Igor Akinfeev, Mário Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Yury Gazinsky, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba

Players to watch out for:
Diego Godin
Not only is Godin a superb defender, he also offers something in attack. Especially, for his price.

Denis Cheryshev
With three goals from two games for the hosts, Cheryshev has stepped up to the occasion.

Jose Gimenez
Gimenez scored the only goal of Uruguay’s opening match against Egypt. He helped the team register two consecutive clean sheets.

Diego Laxalt
He might be making sub appearances for his nation but it feels as though he will be limited to just that in the next game.

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.

Australia v England, 3rd ODI: Fantasy tips

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

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.

Belgium vs Panama: Fantasy tips

When: 18th June 2018 – 20:30 IST
Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Belgium: W W D W W (good form)
Panama: L L W D L (decent form)

Predicted Starting 11
Thibaut Courtois (GK), Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard (C), Romelu Lukaku

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

Players to watch out for:

Eden Hazard: The captain had a good season with Chelsea though the team failed to qualify for the champions league. Hazard had 17 goals and 13 assists this season.

Fidel Escobar: Panama’s full hopes lies on their big man, Escobar. He is known for his pace and defence, and he will be keen to make things difficult for Belgium.

Vincent Kompany: The form is in, he probably is the best pick for the match. Kompany will be hoping for yet another clean sheet.

Blas Perez: The 37-year-old will use his experiences to provide a rocking start for Panama. Perez so far has scored 40 goals for his country.

Morocco v Iran: Fantasy Tips

When: 15th June, 20:30 IST
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg

Morocco: W W D W W
Iran: L W W L W

Predicted XI
Munir Mohand Mohamedi (gk), Achraf Hakimi, Romain Saiss, Mehdi Benatia (c), Nordin Amrabat, Karim El Ahmadi, Mbark Boussoufa, Younès Belhanda, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib
Alireza Beiranvand (gk), Ramin Rezaeian, Pejman Montazeri, Morteza Pouraliganji, Milad Mohammadi, Mehdi Taremi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Saied Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei (c), Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun

Here are the players to watch out for:

Amine Harit: Probably, the best young player of this season. His ability to assist as well as to score has kept him in the radar for a long time now.

Mehdi Benatia: Morocco’s skipper is one of the best defenders in the world. Surely, he will look to start on a high.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh: Iran’s midfielder was the Eredivisie Golden Boot winner (21 goals) and joint-third best provider (12 assists).

Sardar Azmoun: The Iran striker has scored 23 goals in 32 games. Probably, the one to watch out for!