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Fantasy XI – Sri Lanka vs Australia 22nd Match, Group 1 2021/22 – Cricket Insights

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Your fantasy tips for the T20 World Cup game between Australia and Sri Lanka

Match 22: Australia vs Sri Lanka, Dubai

Fantasy XI: Kusal Perera, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Charith Asalanka, Glenn Maxwell (vice-capt), Steven Smith (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Adam Zampa, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Josh Hazlewood

Captain: Steven Smith
He has been extremely consistent in the T20 format, recording scores of 30 or more in six of his last nine appearances.
Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell
His last three scores against Sri Lanka in T20Is read 62 (28), 66 (29) and 145* (65).
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Kusal Perera: Having got 174 runs in seven outings, he is the leading run-scorer against Australia among the current Sri Lanka players.
Aaron Finch: He has been among the runs against Sri Lanka, recording scores of 35 or more in four of his last six T20I appearances against them.

Mitchell Marsh: He is the leading run-scorer for Australia in T20Is this year, with 453 runs in 16 games. He was also the leading wicket-taker for his side in the recent series against West Indies, picking up eight wickets in five games while also scoring 219 runs.

Charith Asalanka: He put in a Player-of-the-Match performance in Sri Lanka’s win over Bangladesh with a scintillating 49-ball unbeaten 80, which included five fours and five sixes.
Wanindu Hasaranga: He bagged six wickets in the warm-up games ahead of the World Cup at an economy of 4.09, and also scored a 47-ball 71 against Ireland.
Adam Zampa: He has taken the most wickets for an Australian against Sri Lanka – 14 wickets in seven games at an economy of 5.64.
Lahiru Kumara: He is the man in form for Sri Lanka with the ball, not having gone wicketless in his last eight outings, and having picked up 16 wickets.
Chamika Karunaratne: He has four wickets in four outings so far in this tournament, and he is a handy lower-middle order bat too.
Josh Hazlewood: His last three outings in T20s include figures of 2 for 19, 2 for 29 and 2 for 29.



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Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test 2021/22

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Overnight batter Yasir Ali was taken for scans after a delayed concussion

Lunch Bangladesh 115 for 6 (Yasir 36, Liton 32*, Afridi 3-18) and 330 lead Pakistan 286 by 159 runs

Bangladesh dragged their lead to 159 runs on a busy morning that included an early wicket, some close shaves and a hit on the helmet. Yasir Ali was taken for a scan after Shaheen Afridi struck him on the back of his helmet. It was a delayed reaction as he was around for 1.1 overs, before being taken off.
The concussion substitute Nurul Hasan isn’t off the mark after facing nine balls, accompanied by Liton Das who is unbeaten on 32. Bangladesh’s overnight trouble, when they finished on 39 for 4, turned into early morning disaster. Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled shouldering arms against Hasan Ali on the third ball of the day.

Liton and Yasir were initially cautious but when a couple of inside edges went for four, they started to get edgy. Yasir survived a run-out chance in the sixth over of the morning, before Mohammad Rizwan missed a stumping when Liton missed a Nauman Ali delivery. Liton also survived on 26 when the umpire adjudged him caught at short-leg but replays showed it didn’t touch his bat.

Yasir struck six fours in his 72-ball 36, before Afridi hit him on the head. Shortly before lunch, Sajid Khan trapped Mehidy Hasan Miraz lbw for 11, which brought Nurul to the crease with a few minutes left before the lunch break.

Bangladesh had a difficult third evening after taking a 44-run lead over Pakistan. Afridi bowled a peach of a spell on the third evening, reducing Bangladesh to 25 for 4. It was a similar top-order collapse to how they started in the first innings. Afridi slammed one into Shadman Islam’s pad, which upon review, was given out based on the umpire’s call.

Najmul Hossain Shanto guided one to Abdullah Shafique one ball later, before Azhar Ali took the simplest of catches at midwicket when captain Mominul Haque chipped one towards him. Saif Hassan struck three fours before falling again to a snorter from Afridi, unaware of where the ball went as it ballooned back to the bowler. Mushfiqur and Yasir survived 8.5 overs on the third day, but the senior batter’s early dismissal on the fourth morning was a big blow to Bangladesh.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Recent Match Report – India vs New Zealand 1st Test 2021/22

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India wicketless in the first session of day five as NZ look to save the Kanpur Test

Lunch New Zealand 296 and 79 for 1 (Somerville 36*, Latham 35*) need another 205 runs to beat India 345 and 234 for 7 dec

Obdurate batting from Tom Latham and nightwatchman Will Somerville kept India wicketless through the first session of day five to brighten New Zealand’s chances of saving the Kanpur Test. With little significant deterioration apparent, the Green Park pitch continued to behave as it has done through this Test match, its slowness largely negating the threat of its low bounce.

And so, despite India surrounding the bat with catching fielders, they were aware at all times that the ball had barely carried to one all week. After three full innings and 35 overs in the fourth, only one wicket has fallen to a catch in the slips and none to a bat-pad catch.

At lunch, New Zealand were 79 for 1, with both overnight batters into their 30s. With a minimum of 60 overs left to play, New Zealand would need to score at a little less than three-and-a-half an over through the last two sessions to pull off an unlikely heist, but the longer they go without losing wickets, the more risks they can afford to take in the pursuit of quick runs later in the game.

Latham carried on from where he left off in the first innings, batting in a bubble of pared-down efficiency, defending right under his eyes and shelving almost every shot other than the clip off the legs and – when the line was right – the sweep, with only two of his 35 runs coming through the off side. Apart from one failed and slightly desperate review from India – when Ravindra Jadeja turned one sharply to beat his inside edge and strike his back pad well outside the line of off stump – India barely ever breached that bubble.

Somerville played the part of annoying nightwatchman to perfection, frustrating India by facing, and surviving, more balls than his top-order partner. While India caused him problems – as a control percentage of 72 would suggest, compared to Latham’s 88 – they didn’t translate into chances. Umesh Yadav found a bit of outswing early in the day, went past his bat twice, and found his edge twice in successive overs, but the ball fell short of gully and then slip. Ishant Sharma, replacing him, also saw two edges elude or fail to reach the cordon.

R Ashwin looked India’s most threatening bowler through the session, testing both edges of both batters constantly while subtly altering the seam position on his offbreaks and landing them on an immaculate length. Even so, the slowness of the surface allowed the batters to adjust on most occasions, the biggest example coming five overs from lunch when Latham played back to one that crept through at just above ankle height but managed to jam his bat down and keep it out.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Six Sri Lankan women cricketers test positive for Covid-19

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The players had taken part in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe; unclear whether the positive tests were for the new Omicron variant

Six Sri Lanka women cricketers who took part in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe have tested positive for Covid-19, the SLC said on Sunday.

The ICC had called off the qualifiers in Zimbabwe on Saturday after discovery of a new variant in South Africa, which has prompted widespread travel curbs. It was not known whether the Sri Lankan players’ positive tests were for the new Omicron variant of the virus.

The ICC took its decision after Saturday’s game between the West Indies and Sri Lanka was called off when a member of the Sri Lankan support staff tested positive for Covid.

“Steps will be taken to bring back the Sri Lanka women’s team from Zimbabwe,” SLC said.

The detection of the Omicron variant in South Africa has prompted some countries to tighten border controls and impose curbs on travel from several southern African countries, including Zimbabwe.

After the cancellation of the qualifiers, the ICC said that Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will progress to next year’s World Cup in New Zealand by virtue of their rankings. The three teams will join New Zealand, Australia, India, England and South Africa.

South African sport began to shut down on Friday as the travel bans forced rugby teams and golfers to scramble to try to leave the country.



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