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Fantasy XI – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 15th Match, Group 1 2021/22 – Cricket Insights

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Fantasy tips for the T20 World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Match 15: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah

Fantasy XI: Mushfiqur Rahim, Kusal Perera, Mahmudullah, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga (vice-capt), Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed

Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib has a total of 23 wickets and 304 runs in 15 games in T20Is this year, and is the No. 2 ICC T20I allrounder.
Vice-captain: Wanindu Hasaranga
He is the joint-third-leading wicket-taker in T20Is this year with 26 wickets in 15 games and is the second-best bowler in the T20I rankings.
Other players
Mushfiqur Rahim: He has two 50-plus scores against Sri Lanka in his last four outings.
Kusal Perera: Leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in T20Is since 2020, with 289 runs in 12 innings at an average of 26.27.
Mahmudullah: Second-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in T2oIs this year with 386 runs in 18 innings.
Avishka Fernando: He is in good form with the bat, registering scores of 83* (59) and 33 (18) against Oman in the recent bilateral series.
Pathum Nissanka: He scored a 47-ball 61 against Ireland in the first round of the T20 World Cup.
Dasun Shanaka: Top run-scorer in the recent SLC Invitational T20 League, with 258 runs in six games at an average of 64.50 and a strike rate of 184.29.
Maheesh Theekshana: In the first round of T20 World Cup, he picked up eight wickets in three games at an economy of 5.
Mohammad Saifuddin: In his last nine T20Is, he has gone wicketless only once, picking up 13 wickets overall.
Taskin Ahmed: He picked up 2 for 12 in 3.3 overs in his most recent game against PNG.



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Visits by India women and South Africa men, plus the Women’s World Cup and a tour by Netherlands men, are scheduled for the next few weeks

Upcoming domestic and international matches in New Zealand, potentially including the Women’s ODI World Cup, will continue to take place – behind closed doors – after the entire country was put under enhanced Covid-19 restrictions after a community outbreak of the Omicron variant.

New Zealand will move into the “red” setting of a traffic system late on Sunday after cases emerged on both North and South Island. It is not a lockdown but there is a limit of 100 vaccinated people at an event. An NZC spokesperson confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that while the red setting remained in force domestic and international matches would be closed to the public.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern did not specify an exact timeline for the new restrictions, as the country deals with its first community outbreak of Omicron, but indicated it would be a number of weeks.

The first international series to be impacted would be the visit by the India women’s team for a tour that includes one T20I and five ODIs beginning February 9. The South Africa men’s team is then due to visit for a two-match Test series from mid-February. India arrive on January 26 and South Africa on February 4 with squads needing to undertake ten days quarantine.

Last week, New Zealand postponed a limited-overs tour to Australia because they could not secure MIQ rooms for their return, but the allocations for India and South Africa – plus the Women’s World Cup and a late-season visit by the Netherlands men’s team – had been locked in before a recent pause to the quarantine system.

Speaking on Sunday, minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson said that the World Cup organising committee had been planning for a change in restrictions. “Obviously we don’t know how long this will last,” he said. “The Women’s Cricket World Cup organisers have been planning for the tournament to take place in the red setting, and it can absolutely do that.”

“It is possible to use the defined space rules to effectively have pods of 100 people as long as they keep separate from one another and come into and out of the venue separately. The Cricket World Cup team have been thinking about that, if it is necessary”

Grant Robertson, New Zealand’s minister for sport and recreation

He also floated the possibility of expanding the use of the 100-person limit by using a “pod” system, which has been recently trialled in the Super Smash.

“Bear in mind, when we brought the red setting in it is possible to use the defined space rules to effectively have pods of 100 people as long as they keep separate from one another and come into and out of the venue separately,” Robertson said. “I know the Cricket World Cup team have been thinking about that, if it is necessary.”

The Women’s World Cup is scheduled to start on March 4 when New Zealand face West Indies in Mount Maunganui. Matches will also be played in Dunedin, Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Cricket in New Zealand has so far largely escaped the impact of the pandemic with the country going for long periods without cases and then managing to keep numbers low when they have emerged.

Last season, matches involving the Australia men’s team and the England women’s side had to briefly go behind closed doors when alert levels were changed following the emergence of cases in Auckland.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Women’s ODI World Cup – Jhulan Goswami backs ‘mentally strong’ India to learn and grow from ‘near-misses’

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Three knockouts appearances in as many world tournaments between 2017 and 2020. Yet, a maiden world title eluded India in all three events, their mental toughness in the face of pressure coming under scrutiny every time. As runners-up India renew their pursuit of the ODI World Cup on March 6 in New Zealand, their premier quick, Jhulan Goswami, hopes “near-misses” of the past helps them respond better in high-pressure fixtures.
“This is a very valid point,” Goswami, set to become only the eighth player to feature in five ODI World Cups, told ESPNcricinfo. “If you see the last three World Cups, including the T20 World Cup in the West Indies [in 2018], we had a very good chance; we played good cricket. But the pressure of that semi-final (in 2018) and the final (in the 2017 ODI World Cup 2017 and in T20 equivalent in 2020) is something that cannot be denied.

“It may have played a part in how we performed. It was like a final barrier we were stumbling at every time. Maybe this year we will be able to respond better as a team. Sports is very unpredictable, but hopefully, those near-misses and our preparations leading up to this World Cup will help us react better in big matches.”

India’s propensity for coming unstuck in knockout fixtures had its most pronounced manifestations at two recent finals: at Lord’s, where they lost the 2017 50-over World Cup to hosts England by nine runs, and then at the MCG, where wayward bowling and shoddy catching early in the 2020 T20 World Cup final effectively thrust them to a point of no-return against Australia.

With record crowds in attendance on both occasions, critics, fans, and casual followers deemed India’s defeats less a reflection of technical ineptitude and more of fragility of nerves.

“I think people can criticise us. But it’s something we are [still] developing slowly, slowly. Overnight it will not happen, but we are in the process of developing,” Goswami said. “So, whatever experience we’ve gathered in the past – I’ll put it in that way – hopefully, in this tournament we’ll handle in a better way.

“I can expect that [kind of approach) from my team-mates. They are mentally very strong. Whenever challenging stuff come, they take that challenge and take responsibility. So, I am very much hopeful that learning experience is going to help us in this tournament.”

Goswami, 39, had said earlier this month, that the bilateral series could help India acclimatise better to “windy conditions” and “fix our errors” ahead of the World Cup. She also stressed she appreciated the need for her and her team-mates to not put them under undue pressure by overthinking about variables.

Instead, the focus, she said, should be on implementing the takeaways from India’s series defeats in 2021 against South Africa (at home) and England and Australia (away).

“World Cups come with pressure, expectations, and unpredictable elements – it’s sport, after all,” said Goswami. “But I expect, individually and as a unit, I and we, back ourselves to deal with that pressure in a positive way without thinking too much about anything. We must enjoy our cricket because I think that’s very important if we are to express ourselves and our preparedness in a proper manner.

“We have been put under very challenging situations [in the recent past]. Though we did not win any of the three series we played last year, they were all very important preparations for us. So, having been through a variety of difficult match situations, and close defeats, hopefully, will react better under pressure at this World Cup.”

India have been in quarantine since January 16 in Mumbai and are due to depart for New Zealand on January 24. They are expected to serve at least a seven-day hard quarantine upon the entering the country, with a very real possibility of being under rigid restrictions, albeit with some relaxations, for much longer.

As a veteran of over 370 international matches, Goswami, who made her India debut in January 2002, said it’s important for cricket and its stakeholders to not lose perspective of the circumstances of the sport in the pandemic era and the challenges facing athletes’ mental health.

“This (mental barrier) is not something you can overcome in a day,” Goswami said. “It’s not a cricketing technical part that individually can go there and bat and bowl [to improve]. It’s a different thing. It’s not easy.

“I think worldwide we all are struggling with mental-health issues at this moment. Because of the present situation, sportspersons are having to quarantine, they’re staying in biobubbles, not able to meet your family, friends, staying in hotels, having same food – that’s a challenge. That’s called mental toughness.”

Heading into the World Cup, the Indian squad, Goswami believes, have grown into a more tight-knit group. She attributes that mainly to the players’ participation in a boot camp, understood to be the brain child of head coach Ramesh Powar, during Christmas last year in the cool climes of Dehradun, located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

“In my 20 years as an India cricketer, never before had I participated in anything officially known as a boot camp” Goswami said, smiling. “Yes, we may have gone on camps from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for a night or so in the past, but this camp – the boot camp – lasted five days, so it was definitely first of its kind.

“It was a new and fun experience, especially getting to know each other better, from up close, as team-mates – was refreshing and could be helpful for us in the future. I now know my team-mates a little better than I did before the boot camp because we were put through a kind of challenging situation – living in a tent, in cold weather, with limited resources, and yet no body complained.

“Plus, there were tasks devised to help with team bonding and react in pressure situations. I hope this experience helps us in the World Cup because understanding each other as team-mates plays a big role in a team’s performance. We never had this kind of a team bonding exercise or camp, so I’d saw it was a good thing to participate in before New Zealand tour and the World Cup.”

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha



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Recent Match Report – AUS Women vs ENG Women 3rd T20I 2021/22

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After only 4.1 overs were possible in the second game, not a ball could be bowled in the third

Australia vs England – Match abandoned

Unrelenting rain in Adelaide washed out the third T20I of the Women’s Ashes between Australia and England without a ball bowled.

Just 24 hours after only 4.1 overs were possible in the second T20I at the same venue, another day of lashing rain left the two sides frustrated, with only one match of the all-format series producing a result so far – Australia winning the first game by nine wickets.

Australia lead the points table 4-2 after the two teams shared points for the second straight day. The two squads will now head to Canberra for the one-off Test match, starting on Thursday, hoping for better luck with the weather.

Australia will be without fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck after the home side confirmed on Sunday that she had suffered another stress fracture in her foot, ruling her out of both the Ashes and the upcoming 50-over World Cup in New Zealand.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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