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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, 1st ODI – Dream11 Fantasy Tips

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Pakistan managed to erase the marks from their early exit in the Asia Cup with a Test series win over Australia and the T20I clean-sweeps over both Australia and New Zealand. The three-match ODI series, starting on Wednesday, will be first for Pakistan in this format since the Asia Cup debacle. This series will be crucial for the Asian side as they need to bounce back strongly after all the criticism they faced while struggling big time in the Asian championship.

 

On the other hand, New Zealand have to build the squad for the forthcoming World Cup after having missed international cricket for nearly seven months. In the absence of their premier opener Martin Guptill, the devastating Colin Munro has an opportunity to seal his place as the second opening option. The left-hander has struggled with consistency in the ODI cricket which he has shown while playing the T20I format.

 

 

Match Details:

The first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand will be hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (11:00 AM GMT) (4:30 PM IST).

Last five ODI matches:

Pakistan: L, L, W, L, W.

 

New Zealand: L, W, L, L, W.

 

Pitch Condition/Report:

During the Asia Cup, Abu Dhabi produced scores around 250 but the international games that this venue hosted since then have been spinning tracks. Unless a new track is going to be used for the series, it is hard to see big scores in this ODI series as well. The big boundaries at this venue have always played a big factor in making things tough for the chasing sides while tracking down anything over 275.

 

Squads:

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & wk), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi.

 

New Zealand: Colin Munro, George Worker, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (w), Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Ajaz Patel.

 

Probable XI:

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (w/c), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali/Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi.

 

New Zealand: Colin Munro, George Worker, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (w), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee/Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.

 

Power Picks:

Imam-ul-Haq’s consistency could make him a crucial pick but it has to be seen how the opener performs against big teams. Imam failed to score runs in both games against India during the Asia Cup. The left-handed pacers Shaheen and Junaid could be crucial for Pakistan and Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult from the Kiwis’ perspective.

 

Best Playing XI:

Sarfraz Ahmed, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Shaheen Shah.

 

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Babar Azam, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be reliable options for multipliers. Taylor’s recent ODI success and Williamson’s limited-overs form put them on top. Babar has a terrific record while playing in the UAE. Mohammad Hafeez is set to make a return to the ODI set up. He could fill up the role of the 5th bowler and will be batting at No.4/5 making him an obvious choice for captain/vice-captain.

 

Expert Advice:

Hasan Ali could be dropped due to his recent form if Pakistan decide to go with both left-arm pacers Shaheen Shah and Junaid Khan. However, Hasan’s ODI record might save him with the Pakistan team preferring him ahead of all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

 

Probable Winners:

Pakistan could make a winning start in the ODI series despite their defeats this year against New Zealand and other teams in this format.

 

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.


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Kapil Dev-led panel to pick India coach

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New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (COA) running Indian cricket has tasked the Kapil Dev-led ad-hoc committee to pick the next national coach, a move that could again divide the Supreme Court-appointed panel.

The ad-hoc body comprising former India captain Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy had earlier appointed W. V. Raman as the Indian women’s team coach in December.

One of the members confirmed that the BCCI has approached them to pick the men’s head coach as well.

 

Back then, the COA was a two-member panel — comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji, who had called the women’s coach selection process unconstitutional.

She had asserted that only the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was empowered to do so. COA is now a three-member body with the appointment of Lt General Ravi Thodge in February.

But with serious doubts over the future of CAC — comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — the COA thought it was prudent to hand the responsibility to the ad-hoc panel.

While Tendulkar has been cleared of conflict of interest charges, Ganguly and Laxman have been asked to choose one out of their multiple cricketing roles as per the BCCI constitution.

The COA, however, is yet to take a call on the matter.

Kapil Dev and Ranagsawamy too fall in the ambit of conflict of interest as they are also responsible for the formation of the players’ association as per the new BCCI constitution.

The BCCI on Tuesday invited applications for the men’s team support staff, including head coach who will need to be less than 60 years of age with a minimum international experience of two years.

The application deadline for all the roles is July 30.

The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R. Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.

All of them will get an automatic entry in the recruitment process, the BCCI had said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Durand Cup back with a bang: ISL, I-League clubs in fray

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Mumbai: Heavyweights Mohun Bagan will kick off the historic Durand Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium here on August 2 after the third oldest competition football tournament of the world has been shifted out its traditional venue, New Delhi for the first time.

Returning after a three-year hiatus, the 129th edition of the tournament will feature six I-League and five Indian Super League teams, including reigning champions of the respective tournaments – Chennai City FC and Bengaluru FC.

“We took a three-year gap to make it more attractive. Kolkata is the mecca of Indian football. So, it’s an effort to revamp the tournament and make it a pan-India affair,” Lt Gen RP Kalita, Chief of Staff, HQ Eastern Command told reporters here.

 

Former I-League champions Minerva Punjab, however, will be missed from the 16-team tournament which will also feature second division I-League team Mohammedan Sporting.

“I spoke to (Minerva) owner Ranjit Bajaj. They were 10th in the I-League table. We were initially planning to get top six teams from the I-League,” he said.

From ISL, Kerala Blasters too will not be taking part and the Indian Army, the organisers of the meet, said they have roped in Gokulam Kerala FC as a replacement.

“They said they were unavailable, so we got in touch with Gokulam as we wanted a club from Kerala to come,” he said.

The ISL franchises may not send full strength teams for the tournament.

“We spoke to the teams as well as with (All India Football Federation president) Praful Patel. There are some issues with the transfer window. The teams assemble the team by August end or September,” Kalita said.

“We couldn’t further delay the tournament as it would have clashed with the Calcutta Football League. So we are happy that the teams are coming and the tournament will happen,” he added.

The Indian Army will feature two teams — Army Red and Green. Besides, there will be a team each from Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

16 teams will be divided into four groups in the league stage and all the group winners will qualify for the semifinals which will be held in Saltlake Stadium on August 20.

The summit clash will be held on August 24. The champions will get a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh, while the runners-up team will get richer by Rs 20 lakh. The losing semifinalists will be awarded Rs 5 lakh each.

The tournament will be played across five venues of the state — three in Kolkata and two each in Kalyani and Siliguri.

Teams:

Group A: East Bengal, Army Red, Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC;

Group B: Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Soprting, ATK, Indian Navy;

Group C: Chennai City FC, Real Kashmir, FC Goa, Army Green;

Group D: Chennaiyin FC, Gokulam Kerala, TRAU, Indian Air Force.

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Neesham’s coach died during WC final Super Over

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London: When New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was trying to get his team over the line in the Super Over of the World Cup final against England, his high school teacher and formative coach David Gordon breathed his last back home.

Neesham and Martin Guptill were in the thick of things at Lord’s on Sunday when Gordon passed away due to a heart ailment.

Needing 16 to win the title in that Super Over, New Zealand scored one less to tie the match in the Super Over in what was arguably the greatest World Cup final. New Zealand lost the final on boundary count.

 

Gordon’s daughter Leonie said that her father, who was lying on a hospital bed, wanted to depart the way he did.

“One of the nurses came in for the final over, the Super Over, and she said his breathing is changing. You know, I think Jimmy Neesham had just hit that six and he took his last breath,” she was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“He has a quirky sense of humour and he was a real character and he would have loved the fact that he did that,” said Leonie.

Neesham paid tribute to his Auckland Grammar teacher and coach on social media.

“Dave Gordon, my High School teacher, coach and friend. Your love of this game was infectious, especially for those of us lucky enough to play under you. How appropriate you held on until just after such a match. Hope you were proud. Thanks for everything. RIP,” he tweeted on Thursday.

Gordon’s daughter felt it was a touching gesture from the Black Caps player.

“It was lovely, you know, he’s kept in touch with Jimmy and he is friends with Jimmy’s father. He always had a soft spot for Jimmy Neesham, he was very proud of him. He would definitely be following his career,” she said.

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