Fantasy Insights for the 2nd of the 3-match ODI series between Netherlands and England, at the VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen.

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeeper: Phil Salt

Batters: Jason Roy, Tom Cooper, Vikramjit Singh

Allrounders: Moeen Ali, Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek

Bowlers: Brydon Carse, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

C/VC: Jason Roy, Adil Rashid

Base Team

Wicketkeeper: Phil Salt

Batters: Jason Roy, Dawid Malan

Allrounders: Logan van Beek, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: Shane Snater, Adil Rashid

The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.

Wicketkeepers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Jos Buttler: When a player of Buttler’s quality bats in the top 4 in ODIs, there is no point in discussing him: get him in. But there is an exception when the player’s team is chasing against a lower-ranked team. And this case fits the exception; it will be a calculated risk to leave him out of your XI if England bat second, banking on the top 3 to get the job done. 

There is also the possibility of some weird batting promotions such as Sam Curran or Eoin Morgan getting more game time or Willey being tried as a floater to help you get out of this safe and sound. 

Phil Salt: Scored a magnificent 122(93) in the last game, but Salt is the type of player who is never far away from a failure because of the number of risks he takes in his batting. While it will be too big a risk to leave him out of smaller leagues, ignoring him in one of your mega league teams is entirely worth a shot. 

Scott Edwards: In the first ODI, Edwards registered his 5th 50+ score in 10 innings. But picking a third wicketkeeper in your XI will mess with your team combination. So, bank on the fact that he is a middle-order batter playing against a team of a much higher standard – it is not easy for batters from lower-ranked teams to maintain consistency in such a scenario.

Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Liam Livingstone: Livingstone significantly impacted the last game despite coming to bat in the 45th over, with his 22-ball 66*. However, leaving him out if England bat second should be a no-brainer as it’s unlikely the 29-year-old will get an opportunity to bat. Considering he is one of the most selected batters on top fantasy platforms, it could well turn out to be your match-winning call.

For this to work, however, a couple of factors should remain the same as they did in the first ODI: he should not bowl and he should bat behind Eoin Morgan. 

Jason Roy: Last game’s early dismissal makes Jason Roy a differential pick in this game as his selection % has dropped heavily. We will again back Roy as our C/VC as he’s the most destructive English batter when conditions don’t assist spin.

Max O’Dowd: The 28-year-old now has 3 50s in his last 3 games. Scoring four fifties in a row is a tough ask for any batter, especially against a team of the standard of England. 

We have an excellent alternative for O’Dowd in Tom Cooper. Cooper averages 40 runs per wicket in List A cricket and is the most experienced batter in the Netherlands squad. The right-hand batter is selected by only 10% on major fantasy platforms, making him one of the better differentials in the game.

All-rounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Moeen Ali: Grabbed a three-for in the last game, and with the pitch likely to slow down a bit, expect another good outing for the off-spin all-rounder. 

Sam Curran: Curran bowled 9 overs in the last game despite reports of England not expected to use him with the ball much and picked up 2 wickets at the death. We will be picking one between him and Ali if England bat first. However, if England bowl first, with his lower selection %, Curran becomes an excellent differential in place of an English middle-order batter.

Logan van Beek: van Beek was the most economical bowler for the Netherlands in the last game, where England almost scored 500. In addition to being the team’s primary death bowler, the right-arm quick is also handy with the bat down the order, making him one of the best picks from the home side.

Bowlers: Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Shane Snater: Cleaned up Jason Roy early in the last game and bowled a couple of overs at the death; Snater is the safest specialist bowling option available from the Netherlands in the bowling section. However, you can leave him out for an extra batter or an all-rounder if the Netherlands bat first.

Adil Rashid: Adil Rashid failed to pick up any wicket in the last game, resulting in his selection % dropping down. This makes him one of the biggest differentials in play today. Top C/VC option for mega leagues.

Between David Willey and Reece Topley, we prefer Topley as he is the visitors’ first-choice death bowler. 

Predicted Playing XI:

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Musa Ahmed, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards(wk), Pieter Seelaar(c), Logan van Beek, Shane Snater, Aryan Dutt, Philippe Boissevain

England: Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(wk), Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

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