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ICC Fantasy Preview: Sri Lanka v Pakistan

The final game of the group stages is another effective knockout – as Sri Lanka and Pakistan battle for a semi-final spot. But what does it mean for your Fantasy CT17 team? Here’s a guide.
Kusal Mendis

Dangerman: Kusal Mendis (2.0)

Only one of the tournament’s many run outs came between 22-year-old Kusal Mendis and a century in Sri Lanka’s victorious chase against India. The highly talented youngster has quickly become one of his country’s most bankable batsmen and, with two senior players Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera now out of the tournament through injury, any Sri Lanka win is likely to see Mendis in the runs. In just 27 ODIs he has passed 50 11 times already. Valued at just 2.0, he’s sensational value too.

Last five ODI scores: 4, 102, 54, 11, 89

Dangerman: Hasan Ali (4.0)

Skilled bowlers such as Hasan Ali and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held their own, showing that even if the odds are stacked against you, your nous and intelligence can make a telling impact.
Skilled bowlers such as Hasan Ali and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held their own, showing that even if the odds are stacked against you, your nous and intelligence can make a telling impact.

The man in form. Hasan Ali epitomised the good work Pakistan did to restrict South Africa to 219 at Edgbaston, bowling with pace and accuracy and using the yorker to excellent effect to end with 3-24 from eight overs. With Pakistan shy of any nailed-on run-makers, it may be worth plumping for their bowling attack and Hasan looks a sound choice. The strapping right-arm seamer averages 25.9 across 18 ODIs to date.

Last five ODI figures: 0-43, 5-38, 1-29, 1-70, 3-24

Wildcard: Fakhar Zaman (3.0)

Unexpectedly called into the Pakistan side following its defeat to India, Fakhar Zaman made his ODI debut in the victory over South Africa. The 27-year-old left-hander – who’s played three T20Is – provided the impetus Pakistan have tended to lack at the top of the order, hitting a brisk 31 from 23 to help alleviate any nerves in the chase. With Pakistan always unpredictable, if you have the space in your line-up he has to be worth considering.

One ODI to date: 31

Absolute steal: Shadab Khan (3.5)

Shadab Khan imparts real energy and spin on the ball, making him a wicket-taking option.
Shadab Khan imparts real energy and spin on the ball, making him a wicket-taking option.

Eighteen-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan has only played five ODIs, but his talent is sufficient to be keeping all the rest of Pakistan’s specialist spinners – Yasir Shah included – out of the team. He imparts real energy and spin on the ball, providing a wicket-taking threat as well as maintaining control; he went for just 20 off his five overs last time out.

Last five ODI figures: 2-52, 1-40, 2-57, 1-52, 0-20

Numbers game:

Often dogged by injury, Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews had not played a one-day international since August 2016 before returning to play as a specialist batsman in his team’s must-win game versus South Africa. With so little cricket behind him, he was still able to turn his considerable chase-management talents to the task, stepping in with a cool-headed 52 not out from 45 balls. Forget the formbook, class is permanent.

Top transfer tip:

After this game you have unlimited transfers until the start of the semi-finals. So use whatever you have left of your allocation to stuff your side with as many Pakistan or Sri Lanka players as you possibly can. Every point counts come the end of the competition.

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Group A

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 1.04 6
2 Bangladesh 3 0.00 3
3 Australia 3 -0.99 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.05 1

Group B

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 1.37 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.68 4
3 South Africa 3 0.16 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.79 2

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