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England will be looking to join Australia on top of the ODI World Cup table as they face off against Sri Lanka on Friday night from 7.30pm!

England currently have a 4-1 record through their opening five games and can draw level with Australia on ten points with a win on Friday night. A win would also secure a spot in the semi-finals, so there’s a lot on the line for the English tonight.

For Sri Lanka, it’s do or die from here on out. They are the unlucky side to have two of their five games abandoned due to rain, both winnable games against Pakistan and Bangladesh. They have a 1-2 record through their remaining three games and will probably need to win at least three of their remaining four games to advance.

Both Moneyball and Draftstars have some fantastic tournaments on offer for the game on Friday night, including a $5,000 guaranteed feature tournament each! As usual, we have a full fantasy breakdown for the game below.

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Match Winner

The DFR match-winner is a guaranteed stud who might cost you an arm and a leg, but is going to score well on any given night.

Joe Root ($7,200 Moneyball) ($20,170 Draftstars)

The England No.3 has been arguably the most consistent batsman in the World Cup so far. He has scored 367 runs in five innings at an average of 91.75 including two hundreds and two fifties. Usually comes in after the English opening pair have got the team off to a good start and is able to score at a run a ball at will.

Scores of 51, 107, 21, 100* and 88 have resulted in massive fantasy sores for Root in the World Cup so far, and his record against Sri Lanka suggests another big game is coming up. Root’s ODI average of 51.99 jumps to 57.11 against Sri Lanka including 12 scores of 40+ in 24 careers games against them.

Night Watchman

The night-watchmen will be a great point of difference in your team and plugging him somewhere in the middle order could be the difference between winning and losing.

Kusal Perera ($7,600 Moneyball) ($16,980 Draftstars)

Might be the highest priced player on Moneyball but is great value at Draftstars as just the fifth on the price-board behind a host of English players. He has scored 159 runs in just three innings in this World Cup, including two fifties and a high score of 78. Open’s the batting for the Sri Lankans so is never starved of opportunity and is usually good for a catch or two with the gloves.

Perera doesn’t have a fantastic record against England but has only played one innings against the Three Lions since 2019, in which he scored 30 runs. We are taking recent form into account here more than form against opponent.

Fine Leg to Fine Leg

Anyone who’s played a game of grade cricket before knows that only the duds go from fine leg to fine leg. Avoid these guys like the plague.

BenStokes ($6,900 Moneyball) ($15,830 Draftstars)

We aren’t knocking Stokes ability here, we are just concerned about the opportunity he has had in the opening games of the World Cup. The English batting line-up has been in such good form that he has barely been needed with the bat, except for late innings hitting, and he has only bowled more than six overs in one of the five English games so far.

We think there are better all-round options if you are playing Moneyball like Moeen Ali, who should bowl his full complement of overs. If you’re playing Draftstars, stick to English batsmen in the top four.


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