Who’s hot and who’s not in Classic Fantasy ahead of the fourth round?
England cruised to victory over Sri Lanka with captain Heather Knight (8.0) again amongst the runs. She top-scored with 82 while popular wicketkeeper pick Sarah Taylor (7.5) made an unbeaten 74 to ease to a seven-wicket victory.
Australia continued its unbeaten run with a five-wicket win over New Zealand. Captain Suzie Bates (9.5) hit 51 for New Zealand but Australia made light work of the chase with all-rounder Ellyse Perry (9.5) making 71.
Ekta Bisht starred for India, taking five wickets to help bowl out Pakistan for 74, as her side completed a 95-run win, while South Africa routed West Indies by 10 wickets after bowling them out for 48 at Grace Road.
Having been tipped in this section after round two, New Zealand medium-pacer Holly Huddleston (5.0) was the most-picked player in round three, but only delivered 16 points to the 53.7 per cent of gamers who selected her.
Mithali Raj (9.0) remains a hugely popular choice, closely followed by her compatriot Smriti Mandhana (5.0). Heather Knight was the fifth-most chosen player; her runs delivered a pleasingly hefty points-haul for 47.25 per cent of gamers.
Highest point-scorers: round three
Left-arm spinner Bisht (8.5) was the round’s most productive pick after her 5-18 against Pakistan, and it was Marizanne Kapp’s (9.0) heroics with the ball – 4-14 against the West Indies – that made her the second-highest point scorer this time, too. She was followed by two run-makers in Knight and Taylor.
Highest point scorers: overall
Thanks to two match-defining scores in rounds two and three, Knight is the game’s top-scorer with 390 points so far. She’s closely followed by fellow run-scorers Mandhana, Chamari Athupaththu (6.0) and Nicole Bolton (6.5). In the top 10 so far there are three each from India and Australia, two from England, one from New Zealand and one from Sri Lanka.
Top five transfer tips for round 4:
Laura Marsh, England (7.0): Marsh was left out of England’s first two matches but came in for their third against Sri Lanka in place of Alex Hartley, playing a starring role with the ball to take 4-45 from her 10 overs. The experienced off-spinner seems certain to retain her place and picking her could be a good way for the eagle-eyed gamer to get one up on the competition.
Deepti Sharma, India (6.0): The consistent India all-rounder has chipped in in every match so far to be the ninth-highest point-scorer in the tournament overall. Her 28 and 1-21 against Pakistan followed two- and three-wicket hauls with her off-spin in the previous two games.
Nicole Bolton, Australia (6.5): In sensational form following scores of 117*, 60 and 26, as well as figures of 2-18 against Sri Lanka, Australia’s opener is the fourth-highest point-scorer in the game overall, and excellent value to boot.
Punam Raut, India (5.0): She might have failed against the West Indies, but has an 86 and a 47 to her name in the first and third games, so she’s in decent form. As India’s opener she’s guaranteed a bat and seems to be good value at 5.0.
Nashra Sundhu, Pakistan (3.0): Those who study the form guide will know the slow-left-arm bowler claimed 4-26 off her ten overs against India, culminating in 125 points in round three. In-form and a snip at 3.0.
Top transfer tip:
Batters and all-rounders continue to dominate the point-scoring, although round three did see a fightback by the bowlers as Bisht and Kapp (a bowling allrounder) scored highly. While a few familiar names have been reliable picks, newer players have raised their hands in each round so far – but can you pick out the unexpected stars of round four?