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India A vs England Lions, 2nd Unofficial Test: Point Projections, Preview and Grades

Match Details
India A vs England Lions
Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore
February 13- February 16, 2019
10:00 AM IST

Predicted XI

India A : Lokesh Rahul (Capt) , Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Ankit Bawne, Karun Nair, Srikar Bharat (wk), Jalaj Saxena, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Varun Aaron

England Lions: Max Holden, Ben Duckett, Sam Hain, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings (C & wk) , Steven Mullaney, Will Jacks, James Porter, Zak Chappell, Lewis Gregory, Danny Briggs

 

Here is the fantasy XI based on recent form, ground and opposition performance.

The points mentioned below are an average estimation based on the above factors and is not a reflection of the actual points he might earn. Use the points as an indicator to select the best XI.

Fantasy Team

Priyank Panchal, Points: 50-54, Grade: A+

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Points: 28-32, Grade: A

Sam Hain, Points: 36-40, Grade: A

Ben Duckett, Points: 44-48, Grade: A+

Karun Nair, Points: 26-30, Grade: B

Jalaj Saxena, Points: 34-38, Grade: A

Steven Mullaney, Points: 20-24, Grade: B

K Srikar-Bharat, Points: 34-38, Grade: A

Shardul Thakur, Points: 22-26, Grade: B

Navdeep Saini, Points: 30-34, Grade: A

Zak Chappell, Points: 26-30, Grade: B

The first choice players for this game are the ones who impressed with their batting in the recently drawn Test like Priyank Panchal, Ben Duckett and Sam Hain. Besides, Abhimanyu Easwaran is expected to showcase his usual expertise up the order. Karun NAir has been incorporated into the India ‘A’ side as a replacement of Ankit Bawne and it’s never safe to leave out such a talent. These players are reliable and a must in the fantasy team. The rest of the team can be built around these players with the grade and points giving an indicator of how well they might perform.
The choice for wicketkeeper was a little tricky but given his form and performance in the previous game, Srikar Bharat is an option you’d want to select. Besides Jalaj Saxena and Steven Mullaney’s all-rounder skills makes their inclusion a must in the fantasy team. Saxena’s Ranji record cannot be overlooked in this scenario. The choice of bowlers are Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Zak Chappell. Saini’s five-wicket haul in the previous unofficial Test match was instrumental in putting the pressure on England Lions.

Captaincy Options
Best bet: Priyank Panchal, Jalaj Saxena

Alternative: Karun Nair, Sam Hain, Ben Duckett

Alternate XI:
Those looking for a different XI for this match can consider KL Rahul who has impressed with his batting in the previous match(Projected Points: 30-34). Sam Billings has been exceptional for England in this tour and could work his charm again(Projected Points: 24-20). Lewis Gregory and Avesh Khan can be considered for the alternative roles of an all-rounder and fast bowler, respectively.

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