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 fourth round which includes five matches.
Go heavy on Australian batsmen
Australia and Sri Lanka are the teams with two games in this round and it would be logical to stock up on their players.
The Aussies are the ones in better form despite the defeat to India in their last game.
This fixture will be played at the Oval, a very good batting surface as demonstrated by the Indian and Australian sides on Sunday. David Warner and Steve Smith could be top picks, with Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell worthy of making the cut too.
Bear in mind that the two teams have no games in the next round and hence picking more than five players from them could prove detrimental.
David Warner (Credits: 10.5)
The 84-ball 56 was very uncharacteristic of David Warner, who usually prefers to lash out at the bowling attack from the word go. But it also revealed that side of the southpaw which shows that he can get himself back into the game even after being rattled by the opposition in the powerplay overs.
Warner will be facing Pakistan and Sri Lanka in this round – two teams which are certainly not a top-five bowling attack in the tournament. His strike-rate against India wasn’t impressive but he can more than make up for it in at least one of these games. Warner could be a safe pick in this round.
Dimuth Karunaratne (Credits: 8)
The Sri Lankan captain is yet another player who will be in action twice in this round. In what has been a rocky start to their campaign, Dimuth Karunaratne is the only batsman to score at least 30 runs in both games.
The 31-year-old has proved to be one of the most consistent players in this Sri Lankan side. It’s likely that at least one big innings is in store for the Lankan captain as he takes the field against Bangladesh and then Australia on a batsman-friendly wicket.
Virat Kohli (Credits: 11)
If Virat Kohli’s spectacular performance against Australia was a precursor for what is to come, one can expect the Indian skipper to go big in this tournament.
The Indian openers have passed the test in the opening games of the tournament but their composure could be tested when they take on a fierce bowling attack on a bouncy track. Trent Boult could rattle the openers and India will then need Kohli to step up and produce a magical innings.
Expect the Royal Challengers Bangalore man to play the sheet anchor and go big in the slog.
Mitchell Starc (Credits: 9)
The logic of having a lot of Australians in the squad is applicable while making trades in the bowling department too.
Tied with New Zealand’s Matt Henry in the second spot of leading wicket takers, Mitchell Starc will have a chance to extend his tally as he encounters a rather jittery batting line-up in the two teams to have posted at least one sub-150 score this tournament – Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Trent Boult (Credits: 9)
In the last game played at Trent Bridge, the Windies pacers created all sorts of problems for the Australian top order with the new ball. The defending champions were reeling at 39/4, unable to deal with the monstrous bouncers from Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas.
Indians are not the best at dealing with bouncers and Trent Boult could run through the top order if things go his way. The pacer failed to pick up a single wicket against Afghanistan and could make up for it against India.
It’s worth noting that Boult absolutely crushed India in the warm-up game, claiming four wickets in New Zealand’s win.
Yuzvendra Chahal (Credits: 8.5)
Having provided the breakthrough for India in both their games, Chahal could be a great pick for round four.
Against the Proteas, the leg-spinner removed Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen when they were beginning to look comfortable. In the next game, he got rid of Warner and Maxwell, potentially two of the biggest wickets in that game.
Chahal is probably the best bowler India can turn to when they need a breakthrough as they take the field against New Zealand.
Mohammad Nabi (Credits: 9)
The South African middle-order struggled heavily against India’s spin-attack led by Chahal and are likely to do so against Afghanistan.
With Rashid Khan doubtful for the game following a concussion, Nabi is Afghanistan’s best hope at restricting South Africa after gaining control in the middle overs.
Nabi already claimed a four-fer against Sri Lanka after he initiated a middle-order collapse. The Proteas need to beware of the threat he can pose with the ball and the bat.
Shakib-Al-Hasan (Credits: 9)
If you have him, hold on; if you don’t rope him in before regretting the lost points. Shakib-Al-Hasan has been the most consistent players across all teams this World Cup.
Although Bangladesh have win just one of their three games, they have displayed great resistance and have ensured that their opponents have earned their win.
It would be a stretch to call them a one-man team, but they have shown to be excessively reliant on Shakib who will want to carry the momentum from his century against England as Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka.
The all-rounder can provide with the bat and the ball and comes as a bargain at just nine credits.
Alex Carey (Credits: 7)
With 20 wickets to be taken in one round, Australian keeper Alex Carey is bound to be busier than any other wicketkeeper.
One can aspect the 27-year-old to be involved in a large number of dismissals over two games. Should the situation arise, Carey can also go big with the bat, as evidenced by his quick-fire half-century against India.
At just seven credits, Carey is a massive bargain for this round.
Captain: David Warner
Vice captain: Mitchel Starc
Aaron Finch fears the ‘zing’ bails could spoil the Cricket World Cup.
Australia skipper Finch branded the problematic light-up bails which are proving difficult to dislodge as “unfair” after David Warner played onto his own stumps, only for the bails not to fall.
Warner played on with just one run on the board but went on to make 56, although Australia lost by 36 runs to India at The Oval.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) insists the electronic bails are lighter than the heaviest-used wooden sets, but both Finch and India skipper Virat Kohli hit out at the troublesome stumps.
“We were on the right end of it today, but it’s a bit unfair at times isn’t it?,” said Finch, after the World Cup’s fifth incident where the stumps have been struck but the bails have not fallen.
“I know it hit the stumps pretty hard. But it does keep happening more and more, which is unfortunate.
“You’d hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup semi-final or final, if you’ve done the hard work in setting up a batsman and then for it not be rewarded.
“But I’m not sure what you can do, I’m not sure how much lighter they can make the bails.”
Captain Kohli hit 82 as India overwhelmed Australia in south London, with Skihhar Dhawan racking up a pivotal 117.
India’s pacemen dominated the bowling too, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming three for 50 and Jasprit Bumrah three for 61.
Kohli revealed his surprise at the continued issues with the bails, and suggested the stumps might also have a part to play.
Asked if the bails are causing a problem, Kohli replied: “Definitely; this is not something you expect at international level.
“The technology is great, it’s very precise when you make something happen with the stumps.
“But you literally have to smash the stumps pretty hard.
“These are fast bowlers, it’s not like they are medium pacers or anything.
“And MS (Dhoni) said the stump was actually loose.
“So I don’t know what’s wrong with the outer coating of the stump, if it’s too thick or too rigid.
“But no team will like to see that, if you bowl a good ball and you don’t get a guy out. I haven’t seen that happen so many times in the past.”
Former Australia captain Steve Smith received a hostile reception from the fiery Indian fans, booed as he headed to the boundary to field.
Kohli gestured to the supporters to stop abusing Smith, with the fans responding quickly in heeding their idol’s call.
India skipper Kohli then insisted Smith does not deserve further harsh treatment just because of his now-served ban for ball tampering.
He added: “I think what’s happened has happened, long back; the guy is trying to play well for his side.
“It’s not good to see someone down like that to be honest.
“We’ve had a few issues in the past, a few arguments on the field, but you don’t want to see a guy feeling that every time he goes out to play.
“He’s come back, he’s playing hard and just getting on with it.
“There were a lot of Indian fans here and I just didn’t want them to set a bad example.
“He didn’t do anything to be booed, he was just playing cricket.
“If I was in a position where something had happened to me, where I had apologised, accepted it and then came back I wouldn’t like it either.
“I just told him ‘sorry’ on behalf of the crowd. In my opinion I didn’t think that was acceptable.”
Aaron Finch has dismissed out of hand accusations of ball tampering against Australia spinner Adam Zampa.
Footage of Zampa has some social media users questioning whether the spin bowler had somehow doctored the ball as Australia lost by 36 runs to India in Sunday’s World Cup clash at The Oval.
But captain Finch scotched that talk, explaining Zampa carries hand warmers in his pocket.
On a day when India skipper Virat Kohli called on fans not to abuse Steve Smith over his previous ball-tampering ban, Finch insisted there is no issue at all concerning Zampa.
“I haven’t seen the photos so I can’t comment,” said Finch.
“But I know he has hand warmers in his pocket, he has them every single game.”
India’s second World Cup win forced Australia to admit defeat in the tournament for the first time, in their third encounter of the round robin group stage.