Kiwis held their nerve to enter into World Cup final
New Zealand made their way into the second straight World Cup final as they won by 18 runs against India in a close encounter which spanned out for two days due to weather conditions. Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Kiwis fought hard on a slow surface which had enough for bowlers throughout the innings. The handy half-centuries from the experienced duo Willamson and Taylor helped Kiwis to post a competitive total on the board. While chasing the target, India was found in trouble with the loss of 4 wickets during the powerplay. Later, the middle order batsmen fought hard to consolidate the poor start and at a point, Jadeja tried his best to pull off the game single-handedly, but the Kiwis outsmarted them.
He has come up with one of the best knocks he has ever played in ODI cricket. The team was in deep trouble when he walked to the crease at 92/6. He was in the groove from the outset with the bat, his timing was immaculate on a pitch where most batsmen found it hard to play free-flowing strokes. He took the game deep by scoring at a brisk rate and almost turned the game for India. He was the top performer of the Dream11 cricket team with 76.5 points.
He once again proved to be vital cog of the Kiwi batting unit. He steadied the ship after the early departure of Guptill. His partnerships with Nicholls and Taylor laid a decent platform for the middle & lower order. He was cool as ever with his captaincy and fielding which also played a crucial part in the victory. He made 48.5 fantasy points overall and proved to be a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
The experienced campaigner who has gone through a moderate tournament stepped up when it mattered the most. His partnership with Willamson and with the lower middle order helped the Kiwis post a competitive total on the board. He made 43.5 fantasy points.
His opening spell proved to be too costly for India, where they lost 3 out of 4 wickets to him in powerplay. His tight spell has allowed Boult to be more aggressive which yielded them another vital wicket in the powerplay. In the end, India may have gotten close but the opening spell from him stood out at the end result.
His old problems resurfaced in his batting approach around the outside off stump. The situation needed him to be decisive with his shot-making after the fall of two big wickets, but he failed to step up to the occasion as he was found wanting of Henry’s disciplined bowling. He made only 2.5 fantasy points and proved to be the biggest disappointment of Dream11 cricket team.
It was the time for Virat to come up with a smashing knock after the early departure of Rohit who scored the bulk of the runs for India in the tournament. But he was trapped in the well-executed plan of the Kiwis which proved to be too costly for India to come back into the game. He made only 10.5 fantasy points which is way lesser than his average points contribution per match.
We were moderately accurate with our predictions in the match. We missed out on a couple of top performers in our best grand league team. The Top order collapse from India turned out to be an unexpected interference in our predictions. Even then, we got 7 players from the Dream team in our best grand league team.
FD Grand League Team
|Kane Williamson (C)||97|
|Virat Kohli (VC)||15.75|
|K Williamson (VC)||72.75|
|R Jadeja (C)||153|
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