Fantasy Insights for the 1st of the 3-match T20I series between Sri Lanka Women and India Women, at the Ranagiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla.
Final Fantasy XI
Wicketkeeper: Richa Ghosh
Batters: Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harshitha Samarwickrama
Allrounders: Harmanpreet Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Kavisha Dilhari, Chamari Athapaththu
Bowlers: Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Radha Yadav
C/VC: Harmanpreet Kaur, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Base Fantasy Team
Wicketkeeper: Yet to be decided
Batters: Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma
Allrounders: Chamari Athapaththu, Harmanpreet Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar
Bowlers: Oshadi Ranasinghe, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.
Wicketkeepers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
Anushka Sanjeewani has a high selection% in this game, but she is a 32-year-old averaging 16 and striking under 90 in T20Is. That usually only says one thing: stay away from picking her in your fantasy teams, especially when she is part of the weaker team, as it reduces her chances to take catches or execute stumpings, and has an alternative as good as Richa Ghosh.
But the problem here is on most top fantasy platforms, you can only pick 7 players from one side. And India has too many good options to choose from. So you can consider getting Ghosh in if India bat first, but if they bowl first, leave her out of the XI and get in an Indian bowler or all-rounder instead.
Richa Ghosh in T20Is: 180 runs at 22/116
Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
- vs Sri Lanka: 154 runs in 12 innings at 14/98
- In Sri Lanka: 11 runs in 4 innings
Smriti Mandhana averages only 14 runs per wicket against Sri Lanka in her T20I career. That’s her lowest against any major cricketing nation in the format. While a batter of her quality can turn it around any time, playing on slow wickets has always been her Achilles’ heel. So go for a safer captaincy option.
Shafali Verma: Shafali Verma has played only one game against Sri Lanka and scored 47(34). Verma struck the ball well in the T20 Challenge, scoring 95 runs in 3 innings, which suggests she is in form. Against opponents that don’t have the pace to bounce her out, the 18-year-old is as destructive as it gets.
The only issue with the right-hander, however, is she takes too many risks and is therefore not reliable as a 2X/1.5X option.
- vs Sri Lanka: 206 runs in 5 innings at 69/150
- In Sri Lanka: 191 runs in 4 innings at 64/155
Jemimah Rodrigues, one of India’s finest young batting talents, loves playing against Sri Lanka. Less than 40% of fantasy managers on prominent fantasy platforms have her in their XI, making her an excellent differential option especially considering she is slotted in to bat at No.3. The 21-year-old scored 90 runs in two games in the recently concluded T20 Challenge, suggesting the right-hander has the form on her side too.
All-rounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
- vs India: 350 runs in 17 innings at 21/92 & 7 wickets in 29 overs.
- In Sri Lanka: 412 runs in 29 innings at 15/91 & 6 wickets in 29 overs.
Her numbers may not tell you that, but rest assured that Chamari Athapaththu is a superstar. The Sri Lankan captain should be high on confidence, coming fresh off a match-winning 100 against Pakistan in her last ODI. Considering how difficult it is to get value in this Sri Lankan side and that she is also a capable bowler, picking her in your XI should be a no-brainer.
- vs Sri Lanka: 233 runs in 16 innings at 23/113 & 5 wickets in 7.3 overs.
- In Sri Lanka: 113 runs in 9 innings at 19/120 & 4 wickets in 4.3 overs.
The Indian Captain was the highest runscorer in the T20 Challenge, with 151 runs in three innings, including two 50+ knocks. It is unclear whether she will bowl a lot in this series, considering she didn’t do that in the T20 Challenge. But if she does, a top C/VC choice.
Pooja Vastrakar: Vastrakar is in top bowling form, and she is also destructive with the bat. Too big a risk to even consider leaving her out of the side, especially if India bat first.
Deepti Sharma: The off-spin all-rounder bowls her full quota of overs in almost every game, but her batting doesn’t present much value, as the highest she is likely to bat in this game is at No.6.
If India do well, she could even get demoted to No.7 in favour of Pooja Vastrakar.
Kavisha Dilhari: Thrust into international cricket too early, Dilhari had a difficult start to her career. At 21, with more experience and an improved skill set, she seemed to have finally turned the corner if her performance in the Pakistan ODI series is anything to go by.
Dilhari vs Pakistan in her last series:
- With the bat: 109 runs at 54/85
- With the ball: 22-2-99-2
Picked in less than 20% of teams in major fantasy platforms, Dilhari is another top differential pick considering her all-round value.
Bowlers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
- vs Sri Lanka: 7 wickets in 5 innings at the strike rate of 15.3
- Since 2020: 30 wickets in 21 innings at the strike rate of 16.2
Rajeshwari Gayakwad has picked at least one wicket in her last 8 innings. The left-arm spinner will be playing in Sri Lanka for the first time, and you can expect a decent performance in helpful conditions.
- vs India: 7 wickets in 9 innings at the strike rate of 21.1
- In Sri Lanka: 13 wickets in 10 innings at the strike rate of 13.2
Ranasinghe was the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in their most recent series, vs Pakistan, as the offspinner picked 6 wickets in just 10 overs at the strike rate of 10.5
The 36-year-old has an impressive record in her home conditions.
Predicted Playing XI:
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Richa Ghosh(wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Meghna Singh, Radha Yadav
Sri Lanka: Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Nilakshi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawikrama, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Anushka Sanjeewani(wk), Sugandhika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera