Cricket World Cup 2019 Fantasy Round 3: Go big on pacers with Jasprit Bumrah a must-have and other tips

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Jasprit Bumrah has started with a bang.

The biggest prize in cricket is up for grabs this summer as the top 10 teams battle it out in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

As fans, it’s not just watching the best players battle it out to look forward to. Fantasy cricket means you have the opportunity to get involved as well.

Dream11 is the official partner of the ICC tournament’s fantasy league. And we are with you every step of the way with our tips and picks to guide you through each round. Here, we help you navigate through the third round which includes five matches.

TOP TIP

Expect pacers to thrive in England vs Bangladesh

The only match to take place in Cardiff in round three is that of hosts England against Bangladesh. Contrary to expectations from the World Cup, the pitch at Cardiff has been a nightmare for batsmen in the two previous rounds. Sri Lanka featured in both matches and were bowled out for just 136 in the first game before beating Afghanistan in a tight low-scoring encounter at the same venue.

Pacers have been the dominant force in both matches with swing coming in abundance. Hence, picking someone like Jofra Archer could be good business in the third round.

Someone like Archer could be a solid pick.

Someone like Archer could be a solid pick.

BATSMEN

Rohit Sharma (10 credits)

The India opener started the tournament with a bang with a match-winning century against South Africa at Southampton. He had looked out of form in the warm-ups but his display against the Proteas will quell all doubts about that going forward.

The right-hander’s tons tend to come in streaks and he now has 23 of them in total. He will enjoy the conditions at the Oval when he faces up to Australia.

Kane Williamson (10 credits)

The New Zealand skipper is yet to truly arrive in the tournament but his immense class assures you that a big innings is always around the corner. Williamson was in excellent form in the warm-ups with scores of 67 and 85 and he followed that up with a 40 in the World Cup win over Bangladesh.

The fact that he is up against tournament minnows Afghanistan bodes well for his chances to score big.

Babar Azam (10.5 credits)

The Pakistan stalwart would have been a tempting pick anyway for the Fantasy line up but the fact that he is facing up to his favourite opposition seals his selection.

He has looked good in both of his innings in the World Cup so far but the big innings has continued to elude him. However, he averages over 58 against his round three opponents Sri Lanka and will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing them again.

Babar looked good against England.

Babar looked good against England.

BOWLERS

Jofra Archer (8.5 credits)

The newly capped England pacer did not have the best of outings against Pakistan but he showed his class against South Africa in the tournament opener with a fiery spell of 3-27.

Archer will relish bowling on the Cardiff pitch under overcast conditions and his express pace could work a treat against Bangladesh’s batsmen.

Jasprit Bumrah (9.5 credits)

If Rabada breathed fire for South Africa, Bumrah did exactly the same, if not better, for India. The No1 ranked ODI bowler in the world was in his element as he rocked South Africa’s top-order with the early wickets of the openers.

The sight of Bumrah having a poor outing has become increasingly rare over the past year and he should be able to keep up that remarkable consistency against the Aussies as well.

Kagiso Rabada (9.5 credits)

The South African pace spearhead gave India a real working over at Southampton on Wednesday despite his team’s eventual loss. He picked up two wickets and could have had more if the fielders hadn’t spilled some chances.

The youngster was in great form throughout his spell and he will be bowling at the same venue again in round three against the Windies.

Rabada was in menacing form against India.

Rabada was in menacing form against India.

ALL-ROUNDER

Ben Stokes (9 credits)

The England star man had a fantastic first round before a quiet outing in the second. With the hosts playing at Cardiff, his medium-pace should be a big threat against the Bangladesh batsmen.

His talent with the bat has never been in question and he can always be banked on for some quick-fire runs down the order.

Andre Russell (9.5 credits)

With the general form he has been in over the past few months, it is just foolish at this stage to not pick the Windies all-rounder. Russell was whacking sixes for run in the recent IPL and he has brought the same form to the international stage as well.

In fact, it has been his bowling that has been Russell’s biggest threat in the World Cup so far with four wickets in two matches.

Four wickets with the ball for Russell so far.

Four wickets with the ball for Russell so far.

WICKETKEEPER

Jos Buttler (9.5 credits)

There are many in-form wicketkeepers to choose from currently but the England man just seems to have a different class about it. He has registered some of the most ridiculous of centuries over the past one year and it is no surprise that he now holds the record for the two fastest ODI tons by an England batsman.

CAPTAIN: Jofra Archer

VICE CAPTAIN: Babar Azam

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