IPL 2019, Match 21: KKR vs RR- Key Player Battles to Watch Out For


Sunday’s second match sees a clash between teams from opposite halves of the table as the floundering Rajasthan Royals face the in-form Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur. 

Rajasthan’s only win in their four games have come against bottom-placed RCB, while the Knight Riders are flying high in second place. The only defeat for the men in purple this season have come in the Super Over against Delhi, and after an improbable win against RCB in their last game, they would come in to face Rajasthan with a lot of confidence.

It has been the Andre Russell show for the Knight Riders, with the big-hitting Jamaican winning the Player of the Match trophy in each of KKR’s three victories. He has been instrumental in each innings for KKR, whether with the bat or the ball and is the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for the team. However, the main question that should be raised is if the Knight Riders are becoming too dependent on Russell’s ability. While in the batting department, the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, and Chris Lynn have been sharing some of the responsibility, it is the bowling which has gaps to be filled. While the performance of the spinners (Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla) can be termed as passable, the pace bowling has been shabby with Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson being expensive and mostly wicketless, and Sunday’s match might see one or both of them dropped for better options.

Rajasthan meanwhile, would look to hold their nerve in pressure situations against the Knight Riders, something that they have not yet been fully able to do. The top order of Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler have been firing more often than not, and the middle order of Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, and Ben Stokes have recently started giving good accounts of themselves. Against a less-than-impressive bowling side, the Royals would fancy their chances. However, the Royals would look to tighten their own bowling unit as well, as erratic bowling against the likes of Lynn, Narine or especially Russell could spell disaster for the team.

Here are a few key player battles to watch out for:

Jos Buttler vs Kuldeep Yadav

Jos Buttler has been in good nick in this IPL, scoring 139 runs in his 4 innings with two fifties to his name. He will be key in ensuring that the Royals get off to a good start. An important aspect of this game would be seeing how the Englishman deals with KKR’s spinners, especially Kuldeep Yadav, who has been the most potent. The chinaman has not yet exactly set the stage on fire with 3 wickets to his name at an economy of 8.71, but he would definitely be key in restricting Buttler and the rest of the Royals lineup. This is going to be one of the player battles that hold significance in tonight’s game.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Andre Russell vs Shreyas Gopal

Andre Russell has been THE player for the Knight Riders. In each of the 4 matches, Russell has come in the final overs of the Knight Riders innings and changed the complexion of the game. WIth 207 runs in 4 innings with an astonishing average of 103.5 and a mind-boggling strike rate of 268.83, Russell’s brutality needs to be stopped by Rajasthan if they need a chance. The key is to stop Russell before he gets going, and they would bank on Shreyas Gopal for that. The leggie has been a standout performer, with 6 wickets in 4 games at a strike rate of 12 and an economy of just 5.58. If he can restrict the run-flow from the Jamaican, he would be prone to an erroneous shot and holing out and that would be a player battle that one cannot miss.

Chris Lynn vs Jofra Archer

Chris Lynn hasn’t really got going this IPL. With just 80 runs at a strike rate of barely 114.28, barring a 43 against RCB, Lynn has been really poor. However, the Australian’s talent is well-known, and if he gets going, the KKR innings can turn into a huge bout of Lynnsanity. However, Rajasthan would hope for his poor form to continue, and Jofra Archer would be their strike bowler upfront to dismiss the left-hander. Archer has been economical this season but would hope to add to his 3 wickets by striking early into the KKR innings. This would surely one of the key player battles for the night.

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to get their first win in the IPL against Delhi Capitals in the first game on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

RCB have gotten off to a dismal start in the IPL, outdoing even their previous ignominy in the tournament, losing in their first 5 games. Their last loss against KKR was especially brutal, as Virat Kohli’s men squandered a commanding position to a late Andre Russell onslaught to concede 53 runs in 2 overs in a 205-run chase. Delhi meanwhile, have undone a good start to the tournament with meek back-to-back surrenders against Punjab and Delhi, and currently, have two wins out of 5 games. They would be looking to return to winning ways in Bengaluru.

RCB seems a side destined to fail for some reason. In spite of their key players like Kohli, AB De Villiers and current Purple Cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal being on some, they have not come together as a side to secure a victory. The supporting cast has been pretty disappointing, with only Parthiv Patel and more recently Marcus Stoinis being of any help to the cause. Whenever De Villiers or Kohli haven’t fired, RCB have suffered stunning collapses. Similarly, except Chahal, all the bowlers have been hit out of the park, be it the experienced Tim Southee or the debutant Prayas Ray Barman. It will have to be seen if just the day’s rest after the disheartening loss to KKR will give them sufficient time to regroup and finally get to winning ways against Delhi.

Delhi, meanwhile, have been very off-and-on this season. Their exciting Super Over win against KKR was offset by the recent defeats. The defeat against KXIP was particularly heartbreaking as Delhi’s young side saw a spectacular collapse from a dominant position, losing 7 wickets in the space of 8 runs and 17 balls. But with a young but talented batting lineup with the likes of captain Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, and Rishabh Pant, Delhi would want to go against RCB’s weak bowling attack. The underperforming veteran Shikhar Dhawan would also fancy his chances. Bowling-wise, Delhi have usually been tidy, with Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane being the top performers, and would like to continue their good form.

Here are a few key battles to look forward to in this match:

Virat Kohli vs Kagiso Rabada

A direct correlation can be seen between Kohli’s individual score and RCB’s total score in this IPL. When Kohli has scored in single digits, RCB has suffered batting collapses, while as Kohli’s scores have increased, so has RCB’s total, capped off by the impressive 205 against KKR banking on Kohli’s stellar 84. To say that the captain’s performance in the game would be crucial is an understatement. Delhi would bank on their pace spearhead Rabada to dismiss Kohli early. Rabada has been essential to Delhi’s cause, picking up 7 wickets in 5 games with an economy rate just a shade above 8. Rabada’s importance for Delhi was underlined in his near-perfect Super Over performance, and the Capitals would hope for more toe-crushing yorkers from the South African to dismiss King Kohli early into the innings. It will surely be a player battle to look forward to on Sunday.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

AB De Villiers vs Sandeep Lamichhane

It is well-known that the RCB batting is over-dependent on two players, Kohli and de Villiers. De Villiers has blown hot and cold this IPL, scoring 156 in 5 games that include two scintillating knocks of 70 vs Mumbai and 63 vs KKR. At a strike rate of 165.95, De Villiers would deal massive damage to Delhi if he sticks around for long, and Delhi would look for young Sandeep Lamichhane to ensure that doesn’t happen. The 18-year-old Nepalese leggie has 4 wickets in 3 games with an economy of 7.3 and has been vital in breaking partnerships. Spin has been De Villiers’s Achilles heel, with the South African being dismissed all four times this season facing spinners. The Capitals would hope for that run to continue in this player battle as well.

Rishabh Pant vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Rishabh Pant has been Delhi’s top scorer this season with 158 runs. Coming in at No.5 and striking at almost 180, Pant has the ability to tear into the bowling attack during the later overs and add a crucial number of runs to his team’s innings at the death. To contain and snare him during the latter half of the innings, RCB would obviously turn to the man with the Purple Cap, Yuzvendra Chahal. With 9 wickets at an economy of just 6.45, the 28-year-old has been the only shining light in a dismal bowling attack. He would look to deal with crucial blows in the Delhi middle order, and Pant would be his most prized scalp. 

IPL 2019, Match 19: SRH vs MI- Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Key Player battles to watch out for

Mumbai Indians visit top-of-the-table Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in Sunday’s second match. 

The Sunrisers have been in top form this season, with a close-run defeat against KKR in their opening game their only blip in a free-scoring season which has seen them win the three subsequent games on the trot. Mumbai, meanwhile, have blown hot and cold, with 2 victories and defeats apiece. However, beating the Chennai Super Kings in their last encounter will give them momentum coming into the game as they face the mighty men in orange.

Sunrisers have been firing on all cylinders, especially at the top of the order. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner have been in scintillating form match after match, with an average opening stand of nearly 120 runs this season, and both sit pretty at the top of the Orange Cap standings. But the worries do not end there for Mumbai. Such has been the strength of the Hyderabad team that Kane Williamson has been given a lengthy rest in his recovery from injury, with the Afghan allrounders Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan filling the remaining of the foreign quota. Add to the mix the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, and Sandeep Sharma, and the completeness of the team is evident and a middle order boasting of the likes of Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey, and the completeness of the team is evident.

Mumbai meanwhile have been erratic in their execution in the 4 games they have played, but there is no doubting the talent in the squad. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Yuvraj Singh have all looked in good nick in different games, but have not shown real consistency. The Pandya brothers, would, of course, be key with their big hitting and useful bowling, as would be Kieron Pollard. The bowling though has been on the expensive side, with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah, who has been excellent as usual. The inclusion of Jason Behrendorff from the last game have provided the Indians a big boost.

Here are the key battles in the game to watch out for:

Jonny Bairstow vs Jasprit Bumrah

Well, truth be told, either of Bairstow or Warner could have been included here. But, considering the recent marauding form, we have gone ahead with the Englishman, who has usually taken the onus to be the aggressor at the top. Bairstow has 246 runs in his 4 games, at an imperious strike rate of 167.34. The Sunrisers opening stand has been impermeable till now, and Mumbai would be depending on their best bowler to get an early dismissal. Bumrah, as usual, has been incredibly economical at 7.02 but would look to add to his 4 wickets this season to give Mumbai a chance.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for this match

Rohit Sharma vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

The battle of the captains. Rohit Sharma has not really fired this IPL, with the exception of a 48 scored against Bangalore. He, however, is key to the Mumbai innings. Mumbai need to get a good opening partnership going a la their opponents today. Thus, it is essential for Rohit to stitch together a partnership with Quinton de Kock at the top. Facing him would be his counterpart Bhuvi, who has not been in the best of form. The right-armer has picked just 2 wickets at an economy of 9.60 and would look to change all that and strike early into the Mumbai innings.

Hardik Pandya vs Rashid Khan

The two enigmatic all-rounders, Hardik Pandya, and Rashid Khan can be called the trump cards of the respective teams. Hardik has been incredibly vital at the final overs of the Mumbai innings, with quickfire knocks to push his team’s overall to more respectable numbers. With a strike rate of 204.65, it is essential to keep him quiet if the Sunrisers do not wish to leak 20-30 runs too many at the death. And that responsibility shall fall on Afghan talisman Rashid, whose economy of 5.81 this season shows exactly how quiet he can keep opposing batsmen. He has been the calling card at the death and will look to outfox and dismiss Hardik to make it advantage Hyderabad.

IPL 2019, Match 18: CSK vs KXIP: Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, Match 18: CSK vs KXIP: Key player battles to watch out for

Saturday’s double-header in the IPL 2019 starts with the battle of the lions – Chennai Super Kings face-off against the Kings XI Punjab in a mouthwatering clash between two teams from the top half of the table. 

The men in the yellow host the Kings XI at the MA Chidambaram stadium after their first defeat against the Mumbai Indians after three victories on the trot. The Kings XI meanwhile are coming off back-to-back victories would be coming in with a lot of confidence, especially after their last match against the Delhi Capitals, where they banked on Sam Curran’s bowling ability at the death to turn the match around.

However, it would be foolhardy to write off the Chennai Super Kings, who have shown in this IPL as well that they are perhaps the team to watch out for. Chennai’s strength lies in the bowling attack, especially the spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir, who have been potent as they have restricted opponents to lower scores while picking up crucial wickets. This is underlined by the fact that Chennai has restricted all four of their opponents till now to sub-170 scores. Chennai would be missing Dwayne Bravo, who has been essential at the death, and the onus would be falling to the young Indian pacers Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar if Scott Kugeleijn is not drafted into the team. The batting, though, remains a concern, with none of their top 7 batsmen having strike rates more than 120 this season.

Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab have made a good start to the campaign after not having impressed in previous seasons. Their only defeat had come against the Knight Riders in a high-scoring game, but apart from that, they have bested all of their opponents. They would be boosted by Chris Gayle’s imminent return to the squad and accompanied by David Miller and youngsters like Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan, who have all proved their talents this season and have the capability of scoring at a good pace, the batting lineup looks solid. Sam Curran’s recent exploits would give them much joy as well, and they have the usually-dependable likes of Mohammad Shami and captain Ravi Ashwin.

Here are key player battles to look out for in this encounter:

Shane Watson vs Mohammad Shami

Chennai Super Kings, as usual, would look to Shane Watson to give them a solid start at the top of the innings. However, barring the match against the Capitals where Watson shone with a 26-ball-44, he has struggled in this tournament. He as only 62 runs in 4 innings with a modest strike rate of 112.72. His battle against Mohammad Shami at the top of the innings would be interesting to watch. Shami has proved to be expensive this season with an economy of over 9 but has picked up 5 wickets and would be looking to dismiss the Australian opener.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for this match

MS Dhoni vs Ravichandran Ashwin

With the Chennai batting order floundering often, the onus has often fallen on Dhoni this season to provide stability and consistency. The captain has responded, and is the highest scorer for his team with 119 runs in his 4 games, having been dismissed only once. At the middle of the innings, how he handles the spinners of KXIP would be key, especially his counterpart, KXIP captain Ravi Ashwin. Ashwin has been off-and-on this season, with only 3 wickets in the 4 games. However, as the most experienced campaigner, he would be crucial in the middle overs, and his prime responsibility would be to stop Captain Cool and this would make a key player battle.

Chris Gayle vs Imran Tahir

This would undoubtedly be the most lip-smacking encounter, among two T20 veterans who seem to be enjoying their game immensely at the moment. Gayle has gotten starts in each of the three games he’s played, including a match-winning 79 against the Rajasthan Royals. The Universe Boss will be looking to score at his usual pace, and Chennai’s most potent weapon to stop him would be Imran Tahir. The 40-year-old leggie has been immense this season, picking up 7 wickets in 4 games, with a stingy economy of 5.50 and a strike rate of 12. When the two greats clash, the player battle would be something that one wouldn’t want to miss.

IPL 2019: Key player battles to watch out for as winless RCB lock horns with KKR

IPL 2019: Key player battles to watch out for as winless RCB lock horns with KKR

Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore has had a barren streak so far and are still without a win in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. 

In order to turn their fortunes around, the Bengaluru franchise. Having lost all four games on the trot now the Bengaluru team is the only side this IPL season who are yet to bag a win in the IPL 2019. Their latest defeat against the Rajasthan Royals have placed them once again at the bottom of the IPL’s points table. Following that, the RCB skipper- who received a lot of flak following this dismal performance- hinted that the side will see some significant changes in order to shape up for a comeback.

There has been a lot of expression of doubts regarding the team and the captain’s credibility. Fans and analysts of the game have been critical about the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s poor form. However, many have maintained their regard for the credibility of Virat Kohli too. Experts like Kapil Dev have attested has the experience to make a miraculous back.  Right after RCB lost their first game in this IPL season, fans and experts have said that the Bengaluru team will bounce back in the next fixtures. But not is the time they prove themselves.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Not only have they lost the last four games in the IPL, but they also have faced defeat in the last four IPL matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders. This won’t just be RCB’s battle against their bad form, but also their fight against the past numbers as the data advocate against them. The short boundaries and a flat pitch mean it will be a run fest and it is better suited for the visiting KKR team. However, the Bengaluru-based franchise with the ten games still in hand can still up to their ranks in the IPL 2019 contest.

As they advance in their quest against Dinesh Karthik and Co, let’s watch out for the key Player battles:

Andre Russell v Yuzvendra Chahal

The KKR team possess a top batting form and the biggest weapon in their Arsenal is right from the Caribbean. All-rounder Andre Russell is the third highest run-getter in IPL 2019 159 runs amassed so far at an extraordinary average of 79.50. Tonight’s pitch at Bengaluru which is flat will go along perfectly well with his standout strike-rate of 248.43 and that makes him an even greater peril for the home team. In order to resist Russell, Yuzvendra Chahal, who has RCB’s best bowler this season claiming six wickets in four games, will be RCB’s greatest weapon. Chahal can spin the ball far off from the batsman’s off-stump and trick someone like Russell, a power-hitter, into his own dismissal.

Robin Uthappa vs Marcus Stoinis

The winless Royal Challengers Bangalore should be wary of the consistent and in-form KKR batsman Robin Uthappa, who already has a good record against RCB in all seasons combined. He has amassed 498 runs from 16 innings at an average of 38.30 which includes three fifty-plus scores. His record in the T20 format at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium is 22 innings, 557 runs, 30.94 average, 146.57 S/R, 5 fifties. And his recent form is commendable too. Last 5 innings in Twenty20s – 11, 67*, 35, 18. 57. The Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who made his first IPL 2019 appearance in the last match against the Royals can help remove the veteran KKR batsman. 

Virat Kohli vs Kuldeep Yadav

It’s high time now for the RCB skipper, who has just managed 78 runs from four games at a poor average of 19.50 and less than run-a-ball strike rate, to up his game and as everyone’s anticipating a big innings from Kolhi, today might be it. The RCB have faced both batting and the bowling woes so far and one among those is Kohli’s weakness against spinners- that VVS Laxman pointed out earlier. KKR could exploit that weakness in the form of Kuldeep Yadav- the ace Chinaman.

IPL 2019: DC vs SRH- Key Player Battles To Watch Out For

IPL 2019: DC vs SRH- Key Player Battles To Watch Out For

The 16th match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Delhi Capitals lock horns with the third-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad

The visiting team at Feroz Shah Kotla are likely to have their captain Kane Williamson, who was out due to a recurring shoulder injury, back in the playing XI. The Sunrisers have a 3-1 win/loss record over the Delhi Capitals at this venue. 

The Hyderabad-based franchise who are yet to lose a wicket in the PowerPlay overs in IPL 2019 season will find it difficult to maintain the record on this pitch tonight when they face the Delhi team. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla won’t be anything like in Hyderabad. While the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium witnessed consecutive 200-plus totals this season, the Delhi track will be relatively slow with variable bounce, giving the batsmen a hard time during the first few overs, especially with the new ball. 

How the star openers of the SRH team- England’s Jonny Bairstow and the Aussie David Warner- perform in these conditions will be interesting to watch. Much like the issues, the Chennai Super Kings faced on Wednesday, playing against the Mumbai Indians wherein the previously unbeaten Dhoni’s team faced defeat after moving out of their comfort zone. Sure the SRH will be placed out of their comfort zone too on Thursday.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for DC vs SRH

As we look closer into the contest, let’s check out the key player battles that one cannot miss in tonight’s game:

Shikhar Dhawan vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

With three thirty-plus scores in the first three games, while playing for the Delhi Capitals the Indian opener has looked properly equipped against the new ball. But as mentioned above it would be tough to deal with the pacers due to the Kotla track and facing Bhuvneshwar could prove to be a challenge for Dhawan. Sure Bhuvi’s numbers- he’s picked five wickets in 13 games at an average 74.2 and economy-rate of 7.73- against Delhi are his worst against an opponent in the IPL. However, when it comes to head-to-head with the Delhi opener, Bhuvneshwar got him once with the batsman scoring 19 off 14.

David Warner vs Kagiso Rabada

David Warner, who was banned from participating in the 2018 season of the marquee T20 league, has made a great return to the Sunrisers camp. The two fifty-plus scores and an unbeaten hundred in the first three games literally speak for themselves. Together with Warner and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow have consolidated the top order of SRH’s batting remarkably. Neither of them has been dismissed in the Powerplay so far. So far he has massed 254 runs with scores of 100, 85 and 69. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada, the in-form bowler of the Delhi Capitals camp, is known for picking up wickets in both the powerplay and death overs. To dismiss Warner early and put pressure on the SRH batting lineup, Rabada would be instrumental. This is a player battle to watch out for.

Jonny Bairstow vs Sandeep Lamichhane

SRH opener, English wicket-keeper, and star batsman Jonny Bairstow has had a dream run so far in the 12th edition of the IPL. He came up with first ever IPL hundred following a brilliant hundred his opening partner Warner as well. Thus forming a lethal partnership to consolidate the batting. The only factor that can keep back this otherwise unstoppable batsman is that he takes time to adjust against spin at the beginning of his innings and that’s when the Delhi Capitals can unleash Sandeep Lamichhane, who with his rare quality of bowling with the new ball within the powerplay overs can slower Bairstow down. This player battle will pique the interest of all fans tonight.

IPL 2019: MI vs CSK – Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019: MI vs CSK - Key Player Battles to watch out for

As the Mumbai Indians lock horns with the top-placed Chennai Super Kings, the home team at Wankhede would be desperate for a win, having won only one game in the IPL 2019 thus far. 

In what would be a key fixture, on Wednesday, the Mumbai team will be looking to up their spot from the second last position in the IPL 2019 points table. Both the teams have won the coveted Indian Premier League Champion title three times and hence despite Mumbai’s weak form, their rivalry is one of the most talked about subjects in the tournament.

In fact, it can be seen as more of a challenge for the Chennai Super Kings who will be seen taking charge outside of their comfort zone. Mumbai lost two of their three matches thus far while the defending champions, Dhoni’s CSK have been unbeaten in the 12th edition of the IPL thus far. This game is a significant fixture for the home team who are eyeing to gain some winning momentum after a poor string of show. In this light, Mumbai have their best chance of appropriating the visiting Chennai team. 

The Chennai Super Kings won each of the three matches they played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the previous edition. The CSK team have won three of their last four IPL matches against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. The Wankhede has hosted eight games between these two sides, with the hosts winning 5 of them. The Wankhede is known for its ideal batting track and high-scoring games. However, seamers might get some assistance with the new ball. The CSK spinners won’t get assistance from the pitch and the arrival of Aussie left-arm pacer, Jason Behrendorf would be key for the Mumbai Indians tonight. 

Considering these factors, there will be highlights in the big fixture that one wouldn’t want to miss. Here let’s take a look at the key player battles that are expected in tonight’s game:

Rohit Sharma vs Dwayne Bravo

Rohit Sharma has started his campaign in the Indian Premier League season of 2019 with two substantial knocks in the last couple of games. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper has been unable to convert those starts into a big innings output and that is the point where he has been struggling. Moreover, when the ball moves around and swings a bit, he has been prone to edging or mistiming the ball leading to his dismissal.  In Dwayne Bravo, Rohit will face a long-time nemesis as the West Indies all-rounder has dismissed him five times in the marquee T20 league.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for this match

This year, Bravo has already claimed six wickets and will surely be looking enhance his numbers this year when Chennai Super Kings take on the home team.

MS Dhoni vs Jasprit Bumrah

This clash between the two most polished players from both sides will be the biggest player battle to watch out for tonight. The clash will see veteran batsman and CSK captain MS Dhoni taking on the immensely talented Jasprit Bumrah. The former India captain won all hearts when he scored a brilliantly executed unbeaten 75 off 46 balls to lead his side to a competitive total against Rajasthan Royals, that eventually led to another win for the CSK team. The CSK skipper will be eyeing to maintain his remarkable run of form. However, considering Bumrah’s impeccable record in the death overs, it will be fascinating to see how Dhoni faces and tackles the threat. It can be seen as a battle between the world’s best death bowler and the world’s best finisher. 

Mitchell McClenaghan vs Suresh Raina

The highest run-getter in the IPL, CSK batter Suresh Raina has always had his issues with the short ball. The bouncers are his greatest weakness and one person who would look towards employing that into his advantage would be the feisty Kiwi pacer, Mitchell McClenaghan.

McClenaghan is known for his pace and bounce and Raina might find himself grappling to tackle his speed and short deliveries at the Wankhede stadium which is known to offer plenty of bounce. As this player battle takes place, it will be intriguing to see whether Raina copes with the crazy bouncers or McClenaghan gets his wicket.

IPL 2019: RR vs RCB- Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the only two teams yet to win a game in the 2019 IPL, tonight at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. Both teams will be reckless to defeat each other in a clash of strugglers. 

The two teams have been more than disappointing so far in the 12th edition of the IPL and desperately need a win to rejuvenate their respective campaigns in this season of the marquee T20 league. Royals have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In all three matches so far, they were in a good position but could not grab the moments, losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

Both teams have faced each other 19 times in the Indian Premier League. The head-to-head record is almost neck-to-neck as RR have recorded 9 victories while RCB have won 8 times. At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, both teams have a similar record. RCB and RR have both got three victories each in Jaipur. In the corresponding fixture last season, RR defended a score of 164 and defeated the Virat Kohli-led side by 30 runs.

The home team faces an equally desirous setup in RCB, who too are looking to restore themselves. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli had yielded that the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, March 31, was “one of their worst losses”.

Rajasthan Royals have performed fairly well in this edition but have come up short during the important moments in all their matches. Even in their previous match against CSK, the Royals needed just 12 runs in the last over to win. But they managed only 3 as they lost the match by eight runs. Now they will hope to finally open their account against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

As the two teams- placed 7th and 8th in the IPL points table lock horns against each other, let’s have a look at the key player battles for tonight:

Virat Kohli vs Dhawal Kulkarni

The Mumbai pacer who represents the Rajasthan Royals has only taken two wickets across three matches in the 12th edition of the IPL so far. However, with a rich past record against the RCB captain Virat Kohli, Dhawal Kulkarni will surely target the prized wicket on Tuesday. So far the two players have met 10 times of which Kulkarni got Kohli out 4 times. Meanwhile, Kohli has had an uneventful IPL so far and will be yearning to get back amongst the runs again. Kohli will have to be aware and choose his shots carefully. The game against the Royals on Tuesday will be another chance for him as we watch out for this key player battle.

Jos Buttler vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Buttler’s dream run in the IPL started in the 2018 season when he scored five consecutive fifties to escort the Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs in the 11th edition. While his scoring rate against the pacers is extraordinary, he has struggled a bit against spinners. Even during his dream run, the English wicketkeeper yielded to spin 6 times out of 10.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

So the key player battle to watch out for tonight would be one between Buttler and the best spinner in the RCB side. Yuzvendra Chahal being the man for Bangalore has taken six wickets in three matches so far and that includes the figures of 4-38 against Mumbai Indians. Kohli would want to give Chahal an over or two in the powerplay against Buttler to get him out early.

AB de Villers vs Ben Stokes

The very popular English all-rounder Ben Stokes has had an undistinguished IPL this season but he carries the ability to change a game quickly on its head. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Stokes will have the unenviable task of containing the great AB de Villiers when the two sides meet in Jaipur on Tuesday. De Villiers, who had a unique uneventful match against the Sunrisers, will hope that he can get some runs under his belt against the RR. De Villiers and Kohli are the two players who are expected to save the team in difficult situations and the former South Africa captain would be well in charge to fight out Ben Stokes as one of the key player battles.

IPL 2019: DC vs KXIP- Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019: DC vs KXIP- Key player battles to watch out for

The 13th match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals lock horns with each other, contesting for the much needed two points.

Both teams are coming off wins in their respective previous matches. In their first home match of the season, KXIP defeated the Mumbai Indians, while the Delhi Capitals earned two points after denying the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Super Over.

Both teams have played three games, so far, have won two and lost one, so a win tonight could thrust them to top of the IPL points table- where till now they’ve secured the 4th(DC) and 5th (KXIP) positions.

As the two teams lock horns at the PCA stadium in Mohali, let’s have a look at the key player battles to watch out for:

Shikhar Dhawan vs Mohammed Shami

The 33-year-old left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan started his IPL 2019 campaign with a brilliant half-century against the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. From then on the Delhi Capitals batsman has looked in good form in this season of the marquee T20 league. On the other hand, Shami has also been a consistent performer for KXIP and with three wickets under his belt, he will be looking to add more to his kitty. These two India cricketers will surely face each other at the start of the innings and the crowd can expect an interesting battle.

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Chris Gayle vs Chris Morris

This is the belligerence between the lethal batsman from West Indies and the effective fast bowler from South Africa. Over the years, these two cricketers have faced each other on multiple occasions and Morris seems to have a slender edge in their battle. The all-rounder has dismissed Gayle three times in the IPL and has conceded just 40 runs in 34 balls. Morris will be looking to reproduce the action and if he gets Gayle early, it will be a huge advantage for the Delhi Capitals.

KL Rahul vs Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra is a veteran of IPL and with 149 wickets under his belt, he is just one away from becoming the second bowler ever to take 150 scalps in the tournament. On the other hand, in KXIP’s previous outing, KL Rahul found form to score 71 from 57 balls to drive his team to a 177 run target. Kings XI Punjab have won more matches against the Delhi Capitals than against any other opponent. They won both their matches against the Delhi Capitals last season. In the first meeting in Mohali, the hosts chased down 167 to win by 6 wickets – the highlight of the match being KL Rahul’s 16-ball 51 – during which he scored the fastest-ever half-century in the IPL.

Rishabh Pant vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Mujeeb Ur Rahman had a brilliant outing for KXIP last season and against Rishabh Pant, he enjoys an equally impressive record. The Afghanistan spinner has dismissed Pant twice and will be looking to continue their run if he plays on Monday. However, Pant has improved a lot when it comes to playing the spinners and that will play a major role in their battles. In the second meeting in Delhi, KXIP defended 143 to win by 4 runs; Delhi needed 5 runs off the last ball, but Mujeeb ur Rahman had Shreyas Iyer caught at long-off to deny the hosts.

All you need to know about Prayas Ray Barman of IPL fame

All you need to know about Prayas Ray Barman of IPL fame

It made news all over the cricketing world and the fans of the game as Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest debutant in the Indian Premier League, setting foot at the big stage of the marquee T20 league- at the age of 16 years and 157 days. 

Just like all other editions of the IPL, this season too has provided its spectators a chance to not just rejoice to watch their favorite players and watch the established and known stars in action, but also take a glimpse at the new faces, the debutants, be it Indian recruits or overseas players.

Amongst the arsenal of newest recruits of the IPL, the youngest player Prayas Barman who is just 16 is Bengal’s leading wicket-taker at the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season. He has been recruited as a potential back-up to Yuzvendra Chahal, who might be rested in a few matches as a part of the workload management of key players because the World Cup is knocking at the door.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn’t win their first two matches of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). After getting beaten by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), they fielded the same eleven against Mumbai Indians (MI). The franchise is currently playing the third match of the T20 tournament against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

The team made their first change of the T20 divertissement. Virat Kohli’s side replaced fast bowler Navdeep Saini with leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman. Consequently, the Bengal player became the youngest to feature in the IPL. The Young talent from Bengal transcended Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghan player, who made his debut last year at 17 years and 11 days.

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On his debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Prayas had to experience the wrath of Sunrisers’ opening pair and was expensive after giving away 56 runs in his 4 overs. Not that he was the only expensive bowler from the RCB side. When RCB lost 6 wickets, while chasing a huge total of 232, Prayas came down and scored 19 off 24 in a lost cause. So, all in all, it wasn’t a great debut for the youngster. It was sheer bad luck.

Barman’s majestic form in domestic cricket

Barman made his List A debut last year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and played fairly well. His best bowling figures of 5-0-20-4 came against Jammu and Kashmir, playing in Chennai. It was also his first ever List A game.

Eventually, it was then broke into the India B team that played a quadrangular series, also involving India A, South Africa A and Afghanistan A. In his first match against the Afghans, he impressed and picked up three wickets, conceding only 10 runs. He bowled impressively in the next couple of games as well. 

The form was noticed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who added him to their arsenal by shelling out a whopping 1.50 crore. He had registered himself in the IPL auction, that took place in December 2018, at a base price of INR 20 lakhs. Consequently, the RCB and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) fought to hire the rookie spin bowler.

Barman also recently featured in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy wherein he bagged four wickets from as many matches at a commendable average of 16 and an admirable economy rate of 7.11. The prolific cricketer’s best bowling figures of 4/14 in the tournament came against Mizoram in Cuttack.

In the T20 format, the Bengal cricketer made his debut in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19. Apart from Prayas and Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan, the youngest to make IPL debuts have been Sarfaraz Khan (17y 177d), Pradeep Sangwan (17y 179d) and Washington Sundar (17y 199d).