Fantasy tips for the Men’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand
Final: New Zealand vs Australia, Dubai
Fantasy XI: Matthew Wade, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Marsh, James Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa, Ish Sodhi
Captain: David Warner
He has been in phenomenal form in this tournament leading the run charts for his side with 236 runs in six games at a strike rate of 148.42
Vice-captain: Mitchell Starc
He is the leading wicket taker for Australia in T20 World Cups with 24 wickets in 16 games.
Matthew Wade: Man of the match performance in his last outing for his 17-ball unbeaten 41 and with Devon Conway ruled out, he will become a certain pick.
Aaron Finch: Leading run scorer for Australia in the recent five match T20I series against New Zealand with 197 runs. He has also scored the most runs for an Australian against New Zealand with 251 runs in seven games at an average of 62.75
Kane Williamson: He has enjoyed good success in Dubai scoring 376 runs in 14 T20 games at an average of 41.77
Daryl Mitchell: Leading run scorer for New Zealand in this tournament with 197 runs and was also the player of the game in the semifinal for his 47-ball unbeaten 72
Mitchell Marsh: Leading run scorer for Australia in T20Is this year with 550 runs in 19 games, also recorded scores of 28 and 53 in the last couple of innings
James Neesham: He is the man in form for New Zealand picking up wickets in the last three games and also made significant scores of 27 (11) and 35 (23) with the bat
Trent Boult: He loves bowling in Dubai, and hasn’t gone wicketless there in his last seven outings, picking up 16 wickets at a strike rate of 9.75 and an economy of 6.19
Adam Zampa: He is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament since the Super 12 phase started, picking up 12 wickets in six games
Ish Sodhi: He was the leading wicket taker in the recent five game T20I series against Australia with 13 wickets
Recent Match Report – Gladiators vs Abu Dhabi 6th Match 2021/22
Team Abu Dhabi 99 for 6 (Overton 33*, Hasaranga 4-12) beat Deccan Gladiators 97 for 9 (Smith 34) by four wickets
“I was just thinking about getting good contact on the ball and I got a top edge which went high and luckily for me, just long enough,” Briggs said afterwards.
Long enough by just a whisker. Hamid Hassan had steamed in to Jamie Overton for the penultimate delivery, before pulling up and having to limp off, leaving Wahab Riaz to turn to his countryman Anwar. It was Anwar’s first ball of this year’s T10 and his length delivery was met with a top edge from Briggs which flew off the bat and towards the fine leg boundary where none other than Andre Russell was placed. Russell had starred with the bat in Deccan’s win on Saturday, but was dismissed for a golden duck earlier and bowled a costly ninth over which went for 17. Yet, perhaps, this was his moment to be a hero again…
The ball seemed for all it’s worth to be sailing over the boundary and into the Team Abu Dhabi dugout, but Russell leapt and somehow flicked it back in. The ground held its breath to see whether the West Indian was in contact with the boundary cushion. No one, not even Russell, really had an inkling as to who had won. It was agonisingly tight, before replays indicated that his heel was barely touching the rope at the moment he made contact with the ball. Paul Baldwin, the TV umpire, confirmed to Nigel Llong, the on-field umpire, to raise his arms and confirm that it was six.
A chase of 98 should have been straightforward. Especially considering the fact that Liam Livingstone’s outfit had breezed to scores of 145 and 132 in their first two matches of the tournament.
Livingstone was welcomed with a tossed-up delivery that he top-edged into the Abu Dhabi sky. But, the Gladiators wicketkeeper Tom Moores failed to get anywhere near it. Two balls later, Hasaranga tempted the Englishman yet again and Livingstone again tried to hit him out of the ground. Instead he skied it straight to long-on and with the captain, Phil Salt and Paul Stirling all back in the hutch and no Chris Gayle, the Gladiators had every chance of becoming the first side in T10 history to defend a total of fewer than 100.
Not least when the very next ball, Colin Ingram was undone by a wrong-un and Team Abu Dhabi were four down for 44. There is no such thing as defending out the hat-trick ball in this format: Overton came to the crease to face the music and was lucky to sneak a bottom-edge to the boundary as he swept at Hasaranga.
But Hasaranga wasn’t done yet. He was fortunate to get an lbw decision in his favour against Chris Benjamin, as replays showed a clear inside-edge from the batter, but there was nothing lucky about the next ball, Marchant de Lange utterly bamboozled by a wrong-un which crashed into his stumps. Hasaranga and the Gladiators were going in for the kill.
Briggs arrived at the crease for another hat-trick ball and survived, before being beaten by a wrong-un from the Sri Lankan which narrowly missed the stumps. Both he and Overton must have breathed a sigh of relief knowing that Hasaranga had finished. The Sri Lankan ended with figures of 4 for 12 and had left the Abu Dhabi outfit reeling at 53 for 6.
Yet, despite all his heroics with the bat and the ball, it was his fielding that would ultimately prove pivotal. In the next over, Overton skied one towards Hasaranga at midwicket for a regulation catch, which the Sri Lankan failed to hold on to.
And the allrounder made him pay, as he crashed an unbeaten 33 off 18, combining with Briggs to hit 46 off the last four overs and somehow steal a victory for Team Abu Dhabi to maintain their 100% record.
“It’s still T10, you’ve still gotta go [whenever you come in],” Briggs said. “With two overs left, we said to each other that we needed a big one to get ourselves back in.”
Overton added: “We were just trying to play our way, play our strong shots, and try to take one good over. We got a good over in the ninth with Dre and then Briggsy got us over the line.”
Livingstone was beaming with joy at the way the pair rescued his side. “We were pretty much behind the game for all of our innings but I thought Jamie [Overton] played beautifully and it was great for Briggsy to hit the last one for six,” he said.
Ind vs NZ 3rd T20I – Rahul Dravid
India’s coach also suggested that the team might continue to rest and rotate players over the coming 12 months
“We have to keep our feet on the ground and be realistic, especially with bigger things down the line in the next 12 months,” Dravid told host broadcaster Star Sports after the third T20I in Kolkata. “It’s not easy for New Zealand to play a World Cup final, turn up three days later, and play three games in six days. We knew it was never going to be easy on them.”
While New Zealand were without Williamson through the series and rested stand-in captain Tim Southee for the last match, India, too, missed key personnel, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja rested. Dravid said the big positive from the series win was the performance of the players who got chances in the absence of the seniors.
“It’s been great to see the younger guys come through, we’ve given opportunity to some of the guys who haven’t played too much cricket in the last few months with the seniors taking rest,” Dravid said. “The greatest takeaway for us is to see the skills available to us. We need to continue developing those skills.”
Dravid said that with player workloads in focus over a packed upcoming 12 months, India are likely to continue resting key players across the year and giving new players regular game time. That thought process was in full view in Kolkata, where KL Rahul and R Ashwin – two players who are set to feature in the upcoming Test series – were rested after victory was secured in Ranchi.
“It’s really nice that we have options,” Dravid said. “We can mix and match. Its going to be a long season, lots of games to be played till the next World Cup and we need to do that [rest and rotate] with some of our players and be realistic about how much cricket needs to be played.”
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx
Lord Patel welcomes DCMS committee hearing into ‘flawed’ Yorkshire racism report
Yorkshire chairman welcomes ‘courage’ of Adil Rashid as he speaks out on claims
Lord Patel, Yorkshire’s chairman, says that he welcomes the opportunity for the club to be held to account in a parliamentary select committee hearing this week, after acknowledging that the investigation into Azeem Rafiq’s claims of institutional racism was “flawed”.
The hearings are due to take place in Westminster on Tuesday from 9am, and though Patel himself will not be giving evidence, his precedessor Roger Hutton will be one of three past or present club administrators to do so – along with Mark Arthur, the former chief executive, and Wayne Morton, the Director of Medical Services, standing in for Martyn Moxon, the Director of Cricket, who has been signed off work due to a stress-related illness.
Rafiq himself is also due to make his first in-person comments on the case, having last week been awarded substantial damages, and offered an apology from Patel on behalf of Yorkshire, at the conclusion of his long-running employment tribunal.
“We welcome the formal meeting of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on sport governance,” Patel said in a statement issued by Yorkshire. “I will be listening to the session with great interest to help us understand the past and address the many challenges which have come to light.
“It is right that the issues which were initially brought up by Azeem Rafiq, and the way in which they were handled, are properly examined by the Committee. We have provided the Committee with a copy of the full report, given its legal interest in the case.
“It is clear that we have handled this issue badly and the investigation was flawed. Azeem giving evidence is an important moment and, as a whistleblower, he should be praised for speaking up. I have said from the outset that we need to listen and to learn in order to create urgent change at Yorkshire Country Cricket Club”.
Rashid’s statement called for the “cancer” of racism to be “stamped out”, adding that he was “encouraged” by the prospect of further scrutiny in the parliamentary hearings.
“I am aware of the recent statement from Adil Rashid, and I welcome his courage in speaking up at what is a difficult and distressing time for all those who love this Club and the sport of cricket,” Patel added.
“It is essential that those who have experienced or witnessed racism, discrimination and abuse are able to come forward to share their experiences.
“I have been in touch with Adil personally today so that we can talk through the issues as soon as he is ready and able.”
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