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MoneyBall9 Fantasy guide: West Indies v Australia tri-series final

West Indies
West Indies team. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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The MoneyBall9 Fantasy guide of the day is for the final of the tri-series 2016 between West Indies and Australia at Barbados.

Two of the most successful limited overs sides, West Indies and Australia take on each other in the final of the tri-series, which also consisted of arguably the most balanced limited overs side of the recent past, South Africa.

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In the last game of the league stage, Darren Bravo led his side to victory with a charismatic 102. The bowlers, especially Shannon Gabriel and Sunil Narine backed it up with some beautiful bowling to send the South African’s back home.

The final promises to be an exciting one as West Indies would once again look to silence their critics by getting the better of arguably the two best One-day sides in the world right now. Without much support from their board and despite the absence of limited overs specialists like Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo; Windies team has managed to come up with sustained brilliant performances.

Now, it’s just up to this last hurdle. A victory for West Indies tonight could mean a sustained revival and a renewed image of West Indies on the world cricket map. They are contenders and they are on the rise.

Let’s get to business now!

West Indies vs Australia Tri-Series final

West Indies v Australia
West Indies v Australia tri-series final. (Photo Source: MoneyBall9.com)

Batsmen

Steve Smith and Usman Khwaja will be first two picks for this game’s MoneyBall9 Fantasy league. Both these players have been exceptional since Warner’s departure and a lot of it has to do with them moving up the order. And on a track that doesn’t offer much to the bowlers, you just have to get them in!

Marlon Samuels has time and again showed that he is a man for the big finals. He did that in the World T20 in 2012 and in 2016 and has been demolishing the Australian attack in the last two games. With him being in such imperious form, it would be a sin to leave him out!

Wicketkeeper

I have always stressed on the fact that you need to get in players who get to face the maximum of action and get to spend the most time in the middle. Johnson Charles fits that bill but Matthew Wade doesn’t and that is why I get Charles in.

All Rounder

Mitchel Marsh has been deployed in that number 5 role by the Australian management, something that gives him a great chance to showcase his batting potential and justify his worth in the Moneyball9 Fantasy game. Also, the fact that he gets to bowl at least 7 overs, gives us another scoring option.

Carlos Braithwaite and Glenn Maxwell are other options but looking at Marsh’s form with both bat and ball, I feel he is the best choice.

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Bowlers

Mitchell Starc and Narine have been the lynchpin of the Australian and West Indian attack respectively. They have been getting wickets in all games and have constantly posed a threat to the batsmen. Get both of them in at all costs.

Gabriel had an impressive last game and has filled Taylor’s shoes in impeccable fashion. Also, the fact that he comes in for just Rs 6000 in the Moneyball9 Fantasy game gives me another reason for opting for him

Flexible player

With just Rs 5000 left, I opt for Scott Boland as my flexible player. He picked up 2 wickets in the last game and should give you at least 50 points in this one as well.

Play the MoneyBall9 Fantasy league to win up to Rs 25000 every game day!

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