Top daily fantasy cricket player options and strategies for the 2nd ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Harare
What makes Kuldeep an important fantasy pick
As discussed in the first article, loading up on India’s bowlers when they bowl first is one of the easiest ways to crack a strong team-weak team scenario. However, things do not always go as smoothly as they did in the first ODI.
For example, on another day, Shikhar Dhawan’s dropped catch would have been taken, bringing India’s No.3 batter into play, or Zimbabwe would have scored a bit higher, bringing in KL Rahul.
So try a few more combinations, and whatever you do, keep these two things in mind:
- Pick Kuldeep Yadav in the majority of your teams. Because, after taking three wickets in the first game, Prasidh Krishna is no longer the differential he was in the first game. Instead, the left-arm wrist spinner, whose ownership has now dropped to 34%, has taken Krishna’s place. As far as his wicket-taking potential is concerned, on another day, he could have walked away with a couple of wickets instead of Krishna or Chahar. One match, as always, does not change what a player is capable of.
- When India bowl first, avoid Indian batters positioned at No. 4 and lower in most of your teams.
Top differentials if India bowl first (in order): Kuldeep Yadav (34%), Ishan Kishan (20%)
What should you do when India bat first
If India bat first, Sanju Samson and KL Rahul become crucial because pace bowlers almost always get early assistance in Harare. And this could result in India losing a few early wickets on some days. Samson’s ability to keep wicket is an added bonus.
Axar Patel’s fantasy potential rises in this scenario because, in addition to bowling, his batting could contribute to his point tally. Zimbabwe’s right-handers had no idea how to deal with his arm ball in the first game and he is in good batting form of late.
Ishan Kishan was positioned at No.3 in the batting order, and in an early wicket scenario, there is a good chance he could help himself to an easy 50, becoming one of the day’s biggest differentials. However, don’t invest too much in him because he could be demoted in favour of KL Rahul if the opening partnership bats out, say, 20-25 overs, as India will be looking to give their captain some game time before the Asia Cup.
Top differentials if India bat first (in order): Kuldeep Yadav (34%), Sanju Samson (34%), Ishan Kishan (20%)
For Zimbabwe, in addition to our pre-series fantasy ranking order here, Sean Williams was an attractive addition to the team in the first match. While he may not have made much of an impact in the home side’s heavy defeat, a player of his calibre, with less than 30% ownership, must have a place in the starting XI given his all-around value. Brad Evans also impressed, demonstrating his batting ability, and his BoL mode of attack at the pace he delivers could come in handy when the home team bowl first, so you may want to consider him over Regis Chakbava in some of your combinations.
Top 4 Zimbabwe picks: Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Brad Evans (if Zim bowl first)/Regis Chakbava (if Zim bat first)