Hot and cold Pakistani team continued their roller coaster performance in
the second test against New Zealand.
Their performance in this test was as cold as it could get by a team of that caliber. Just five players from the
New Zealand team ventured out with a bat once in the entire test, but they
amassed enough runs to beat the visitors by an innings and 85 runs.
Of the five players Mark Richardson and Mathew Bell scored centuries to add $226
and $225 to their value, but Craig McMillan's luck ran out at 98 however he
gained $163. Daryl Tuffey and Chris Martin did their part on the bowling
end, destroying Pakistani line up to gain $245 (28.16%) and $200 (24.39%) respectively.
Four Pakistani players were on the negative side with Saqlain Mushtaq losing
the most value of $40. Yousef Youhana and Faisal Iqbal were down by $30.
What an exciting finish to the series, cricket fans could not have asked
for more. Cricket won in the end and India has found a golden pair: Harbhajan Singh
and V. Laxman. Cannot imagine what would have happened to the series
if Harbhajan and Laxman were not in the team, well we will leave that to
our imagination for now. Harbhajan and Laxman's initial value in dreamcricket
fantasy challenge was $650 and $775 and they ended the series at $2074 and
$1813 respectively to gove their captain astronomical gains.
In this test Harbhajan ripped the Australian line up by taking fifteen wickets and
added $680 (48.78%) to his value. Double century by Matthew Hayden put him in second
spot of the leader board with a gain of $538 (35.96%). Mark Waugh squeaked
in the third spot gaining $297 (26.12%) mainly due to his brilliant fielding.
Nilesh Kulkarni was the only player on the negative side losing $6, While Ponting
had a rather forgettable match with a gain of only 1.8% ($21). Warne proved to
be ineffective gaining only 4.73% ($61), while captain Ganguly continues his
mediocre earning spree with a 4.93% ($66) gain.
Mathew Sinclair and Yousuf Yohanna went on a batting spree scoring double
centuries each, but the match ends in a draw.
Sinclair and Youhana were huge assets to their captains, each gaining exceptional amount of dollars
for their team. Sinclair had an incredible gain of $579 (69.01%) and Yohana
was costlier by $503 (42.34%) at the end of 2nd test.
Other movers of note were Mark Richardson and Inzamam-ul Haq. Richardson moved up by $184
(25.03%) and Haq added $230 (23.59%).
Mohammed Sami could not repeat his first test magic with the ball, going
wicket less in the 2nd test. Sami saw his value shaved by $30 (-3.21%) and
Astle went down by $4.
Sri Lankan batting failed miserably to hand an easy victory and the series
to the visitors.
Robert Craft's surprising bowling performance put England in a
commanding position to attack with the ball and Sri Lankans just crumpled
under pressure. Croft added $216 (24.46%) to his value mainly due to his 4 wicket haul in the 1st innings. Graham Thorpe
along side with Ashley Giles was the other top contributor to the win.
Thorpe gained $265 (22.10%) for his solid batting, while Giles was up by $191 (19.51%).
The only shinning star on the Sri Lankan side was the Chaminda Vaas, who ended up on
the top of the leader board with a gain of $295 (24.46%) thanks to his 6 wicket haul in the 1st inning.
Marvan Atapattu's performance took a nosedive after finishing on the top in
the first test. For the second test in a row Atapattu remained on the top
of the of the bottom chart, losing $40 (-2.47%). Scoring two ducks did not
help Russel Arnold's cause; he ended in the losing side going down by $20 (-1.72%).
Strange things happen in sports, but this as strange as it gets. In the
first innings with Harbajan Singh's hattrick we thought India had a chance to
wrap up the Australians cheaply to sit in the driver's seat.
Then came Steve Waugh to squash that dream and Indians got out cheaply to hand
Australia what seemed to be a certain victory.
In the second innings with a splendid batting performance of V.V. Laxman everyone expected the game to
end in a draw at best Australian victory. Never in the wildest dreams one
could have imagined that Indians could win this test, but then again we tend
to forget that this is a game and strange things happen and that's what
makes it exciting.
dreamcricket's fantasy test series is no different, every player's performance counts and
a captain can never say that their team has no chance of winning all they need is a Laxman or Harbjan.
For the lucky few captains that owned these two players have been rewarded more than handsomely, Laxman
earned $765 (94.80%) and Harbjan moved up by $597 (74.91%). Rahul Dravid's
solid performance earned him $405 (36.39%).
Australia's Steve Waugh and Glen McGrath were good assets to their captains returning $274 (22.74%) and $258
Venkatash Prasad was the only player on the negative side going down by $23 (-2.56%)
Sangakkara gained 26.50% to gain $270 for his efforts, but was outdone by fiery Yorkshireman,
Gough who walked away with the man of the match award and a 26.24% gain to finish the day at $1395.
England's fantastic win was well supported by Hussain, who gained 24.11%, White all round performance
earned him (23.72%) and Thorpe's 21.23% performance.
Caddick reversed his fortunes with a splendid 17.84% gain to soar into positive territory again.
For the home side, Vaas had a good day with the ball, as he gained 22.06%, but was
outdone by bad earnings from their big guns Atapattu (1.12%) and De Silva (2.65%),
while Hick continued his miserable form with only a 4.79% gain, mainly coming from
his catching ability rather than his bat.
Hick has gained only 6% for the tournament and might not find another earning opportunity in this market.
Younis Khan and newcomer Mohammed Sami squashed the New Zealand side to give
Pakistan an easy victory in the first test.
Khan had dream batting innings, he fell just short of making a century in the first inning but made up in
the second by blasting 149 runs to gain a total of $405 (46.29%).
Mohammed Sami perfectly fit into the spot vacated by Shoib Akhtar and performed
beyond what was expected of him by taking eight wickets to move up by $285
(43.85%). Adam Parore was most impressive mover from the New Zealand side
with a gain of $292 (36.50%).
There were no negative movers for the match. James Franklin was in the list
of bottom five, adding just $20 to his value.
Do you know who was the most widely held Batsman?
Would you be able to guess which bowler was chosen by most
dreamteam captains? Find out in our Tournament's CRICKFOLIO
Market Recap - 1st Trading period by 3rd Man
Mar 2 - A late bout of bargain hunting is on, as dreamcricket is open for Trading at the Sub-Continet Fantasy Test tournament.
February 28, 2001
Aussies continue their winning ways with a landslide victory over India
in the first test.
Star of the unstoppable Australian team was Adam Gilchrist who scored a
century and took six catches to gain $452 (37.67). Opener
Mathew Hayden had a good first test as well, he moved up by $287
The only bright spot on the Indian side was the performance of
Harbhajan Singh who moved up by 22% to add $147 to his value.
Justin Langer was the worst performer of the first test with an
insignificant gain of $19. Indian captain Saurav Ganguly and Ajit
Agarkar were among the bottom five performers.
February 27, 2001
As of Feb 27, completion of the 3rd match, (1st inning - 2nd test),
the most impressive performers have been Gilchrist (32.67%),
Hayden (26.56% & Singh (20%).
Ponting & Mark Waugh have were on the downside, losing -0.91% & -0.95%
For the Tournament, Atapattu leads the way with a stunning 45.55% gain,
followed by Gilchrist (32.67%), Trescothick (31.18%), Sangakkara (31.18%) & Hayden (26.56%).
On the downside were Caddick (-4.00%), Dharmasena (-1.43%), Mark Waugh (-0.95%) & Ponting (-0.91%).
February 26, 2001
The Sri Lankan carnage of English started in the first innings with Marvan
Atapattu's double century and Arvinda de Silva's century and ended with the
bowling of Jayasuria and Muralithan, taking fifteen wickets among the two.
Atapattu gained an unprecedented $501 (45.55%) for his double century in the
first innings and De Silva earned $206 (22.27%) for his century. Jayasuria
moved up by $294 (24.50%) for his eight-wicket haul and Muralithan gained
$225 for taking seven wickets. Kumar Sangakkara turned in a good performance as well with a total gain of $233 (27.41%).
For the English side M. Trescothick was the best performer with a gain of $304 (31%).
Andy Chadik saw his value go down by $39 (4%) for his below par performance
and Kumar Dharmasena lost $9.
February 20 - Trading Tip
To maximize your return from your fantasy team, here is an Insider Trading Tip that might help you do just that.
Since there are 2 matches before the first trading period (i.e. a time at which you can change the composition of your team
it's to your advantage to pick players from the countries that are participating. (AU, Eng, IN & SL).
During the Trading Period, you then make your selections, as each country plays 2 matches each.
At the 2nd trading period, you would only choose players from NZ & PAK, since that would be the
last match(9th match) of this fantasy competition.
Please check the Schedule & Freeze times
to better undertand the timings.
February 21, 2001
Please note that the tie breaker rule for the 9 match Fantasy Test Series has been changed as follows
The First Inning Total of the team batting FIRST in the 9th Test Match (Last match) will be considered for the
Tie-breaker, in case of a tie in the dreamcricket.com fantasy standings.
Captains please note that, you will be able to trade/modify your teams before the beginning of each test
match. Also, you will be able to change the TIE BREAK value before the start of the 5th test match.
Please check the Schedule & Freeze
times for the tournament. Captains will be able to trade/modify their respective
teams during the Trading Period.