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.

Japan v Poland: Players to watch out for

Here are the players to watch out for:

Keisuke Honda: He has been involved in seven of Japan’s last 10 World Cup goals (four goals and three assists).

Kosuke Nakamura: Veteran goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima has made costly errors in consecutive matches and may be replaced by 23-year-old Kosuke Nakamura.

Kamil Glik: Experienced defender Kamil Glik made his comeback from a shoulder injury as a substitute against Colombia and may return to the starting line-up.

Robert Lewandowski: The captain will be desperate to perform well today.

Mexico v Sweden: Fantasy Tips

When: 27TH June, 19:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg

Head to head
Matches played: 9
Mexico: 2
Sweden: 4
Draw: 3

Form
Mexico: D W L W W
Sweden: L D D W L
Previous match starting XI

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa (GK), Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez

Sweden: Robin Olsen (GK), Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson, Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Ola Toivonen, Marcus Berg

 

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).

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

Form
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.

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.

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.

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.

Argentina v Croatia: Fantasy Tips

When: 21ST June, 23:30 IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Head to Head
Total Matches: 4
Argentina: 2 (50%)
Croatia: 1 (25%)
Draw: 1 (25%)

Form
Argentina: L W L W D (decent form)
Croatia: L W L W W (good form)

Playing XI
Argentina: Willy Caballero (GK), Eduardo Salvio, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolás Tagliafico, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia, Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Sergio Agüero

Croatia: Danijel Subašić (GK), Šime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinić, Ivan Rakitić, Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rebić, Mario Mandžukić

Players to watch out for:

Lionel Messi: The king Messi will be looking to make a strong statement in the world cup after being dethroned against Iceland where he missed the penalty.

Paulo Dybala: He was involved in 33 goals in his last 47 appearances. The main man for Argentina will look to bring the win for the team.

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

Andrej Kramaric: The Hoffenheim forward couldn’t start well the other night but remember, was involved in 21 goals in 34 matches in the Bundesliga last season.