IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 19, 8.00PM IST
Eden Gardens


KKR started off IPL 2019 well, but stumbled along the way and now are in a desperate situation after having lost three games in a row, including two at home. The side were heavily reliant on their spinners when the Eden pitch would keep low, but with the track becoming a belter in the last few years, the tweakers have struggled.

KKR have been heavily reliant on Russell as well, with the other batters showing inconsistent form, the troubles have only increased for the side. RCB, on the other hand, have plenty of issues of their own as well. They have won just one game thus far in the league, with their team combinations and bowling attack going haywire more often than not. They have procured the services of Dale Steyn, and it is hoped that he can make an impact against KKR. The deck at Edens has been a good batting track, assisting the chasing team, so win the toss and field will be the preferred option.

KKR Predicted 11 

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/Yarra, Harry Gurney/Matt Kelly

RCB Predicted 11

Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Fantasy Team

Parthiv Patel is in my team for two reasons. Firstly, he opens the innings, which allows him to face more balls and get a big score on the board and also as he comes cheaper. Karthik, on the other hand, does not have a fixed batting spot and could come in very late in the innings as well. Also, with AB de Villiers, Kohli, Russell and Narine being expensive picks, picking cheaper options is advisable.

Also Read: India’s Squad for ICC World Cup

ABD and Kohli have been the stalwarts for RCB over the years and will fancy their chances on a good batting pitch. Nitish Rana costs the same as Uthappa, but I have picked him due to his ability to turn his arm over as well. He picked up both Kohli and de Villiers last season and will want to replicate his showing. Gill showed what he was capable of against DC when he opened the innings. He st5ruggled against CSK when he came in the death overs, but the KKR camp would have done well to realize that he is a top-order player. If they push him higher up – which they should – he could be a huge threat.

Moeen Ali has scored some vital cameos whilst picking wickets, while Russell’s selection is a no-brainer. Narine o9n the other hand might have dwindled on the batting and bowling front this season, but he will want to start the juggernaut.

Chahal is his side’s leading wicket-taker. He has bowled on tough wickets where the bowlers hardly have any assistance, and he will want to get his experience to the fore. Accompanying him is his Team India mate Kuldeep Yadav, while Matt Kelly if he plays, rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli

DC vs MI: 3 takeaways from the thirty-fourth encounter

DC vs MI: 3 takeaways from the thirty-fourth encounter

An all-round performance helped Mumbai Indians (MI) to register a win over Delhi Capitals (DC) on Thursday, April 18 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first. Both the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 57 runs in the first six overs. Though the spinners pulled the things rightly in the middle overs. Later, two quickfire knocks by Pandya brothers helped them to put up 168 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 169, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw gave a steady start. However, their middle orders crumbled under pressure while Axar Patel and Chris Morris tried to steady the ship but their contribution were not enough to get past the line. Mumbai won the game by 40 runs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Mumbai Indians’ batting

Batting first, Mumbai got off to a flying start by the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. While Rohit Sharma scored his 8,000 IPL runs, de Kock took on Chris Morris for a boundary and a six and Keemo Paul for two maximums in the powerplay. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to put up 57 runs within the powerplay.

However, middle-orders couldn’t carry on the momentum and reached the 100-run mark in the 14th over. They were 118-4 after 17 overs and were hoping for a big score. At that time, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya changed their gears. Hardik smashed a boundary and a maximum while Krunal hit a boundary in the 18th over off Keemo Paul.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs RCB

The penultimate over was seen a maximum and a boundary from Hardik off Chris Morris. Both of them took on Rabada in the final over for a maximum and two consecutive boundaries and took the team to 168/5 after 20 overs.

Delhi Capitals’ middle order crumbled under pressure

Chasing a target like 169, Delhi were needed a steady opening stand. Both the openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan did the same. While Prithvi welcomed Hardik with two consecutive boundaries in the very first over, Dhawan took on Rahul Chahar in the next. Dhawan hit two fours off Malinga as well and their stable partnership helped Delhi to put up 48 after 6 overs. However, both the openers fell right after the powerplay and credit went to Rahul Chahar who dismissed both of them in his consecutive overs.

However, their in-form batsman Colin Munro (3) and captain Shreyas Iyer (3) both departed very cheaply. Even, Rishabh Pant (7) also couldn’t do well. Axar Patel (26) and Chris Morris (11) tried to score but their middle orders dismantled by strong bowling from Mumbai bowlers. None of the batsmen could capitalize on their chase and ended up scoring 128 in 20 overs. Eventually, they lost the game by 40 runs.

Spinners did the job

Feroz Shah Kotla has been providing a pitch which is helping the spinners pretty well. Once again, spinners did the job for both the sides. At first, Delhi spinners Amit Sharma and Axar Patel bowled with a nice line and length and restricted Mumbai within 118 after 17 overs. However, a late blitz by Pandya bothers changed the game for them; where the final three overs bowled by the pacers, conceding 50 runs.

On the other hand, while Delhi was chasing, Mumbai spinners were doing the same thing. Though they performed much better than Delhi. Rahul Chahar provided with the first breakthrough to his team after Delhi started with a bang. Later, he took on another opener as well. Mumbai spinners conceded only 51 runs in their 10 overs which changed the way of the game and helped Mumbai to get past the line.

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

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

Two teams with very similar seasons clash as the Delhi Capitals host the Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.

Both the Indians and the Capitals are in good form, and sit pretty at the top half of the table, with 10 points from 8 games. While Delhi are on a 3-game winning streak, Mumbai have won 4 of their last 5. It is sure to be an exciting affair that will definitely give the winner a huge boost in their bid to make the playoffs. The two teams had last met in the initial round this season, with Delhi riding on Rishabh Pant’s blistering 78 to post a total well beyond the reach of Mumbai.

Both teams have carried on well since then, and have attained some solidity in the team composition and in their key players. Delhi have been a fairly well-oiled machine, disciplined with both bat and ball, with key players rising to the occasion. Captain Shreyas Iyer has been the pivot in their batting lineup, well-supported by the likes of Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, all of whom have played some match-winning knocks. The bowling has shone, with Purple Cap-holder Kagiso Rabada spearheading an ably-functioning pace battery. Mumbai Indians, meanwhile have fared similarly, depending on Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma’s opening stand to pave way for the big-hitters like Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Jason Behrendorff would be the key bowlers for the Indians.

Here are some key player battles to look out for in this match.

Hardik Pandya vs Kagiso Rabada

Mumbai’s batting strategy has been pretty clear this IPL. They bank on their top order, especially openers de Kock and Rohit to provide them a platform. Then Hardik Pandya comes in late to demolish the bowling attack in the final overs. It has worked fairly well for them, with the all-rounder scoring 186 runs in 8 games at a bludgeoning strike rate of over 191. However, getting those big hits away will be difficult against the Delhi lineup, who have been excellent in their death bowling, headed by their key threat, Kagiso Rabada. The South African has 17 wickets in 8 games at an average of 14.05 and has kept things tight at the death with an economy of 7.7. He would hope to get Hardik out in the death, before tearing into the lower order as only he can. This will be an exciting battle between two key players.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Shreyas Iyer vs Lasith Malinga

Shreyas Iyer has led from the front, no other way to go about it. The young captain has been impressive, showing a calm head at the crease and in the field, and is the Capitals’ leading run scorer with 266 runs in 8 games, crossing the 40-run mark multiple times. However, he will have his work cut out as he prepares to face one of T20 cricket’s legends in Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan pacer has been in incredible form in the twilight of his career, picking up 7 wickets in 4 games, including a four-for in his last outing against RCB. Though he has been a tad expensive, Malinga’s wicket-taking skills are unquestionable. He would look to add the Delhi skipper to his list of scalps, setting the stage for an interesting player battle.

Rishabh Pant vs Jasprit Bumrah

This is, in all fairness, a mirror image of the first player battle listed. Rishabh Pant has the ability to launch a blitzkrieg on the opposing bowling attack in the later stages of the game, as he showed even in the last encounter between the team. The keeper-batsman has scored 245 runs in 8 games at a superb strike rate of 161. However, he will be up against one of the best bowlers in the world at the death in Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah has been decently impressive this IPL, with 8 wickets in as many games. He has been exceptionally economical at the death though, underlined by his economy rate of 6.81. Pant would find it difficult to hit Bumrah’s yorkers out of the park, and the pacer will bank on his variations to draw a dismissal out of the Delhi batsman. A mouthwatering prospect in the form of a key player battle.

SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered an easy win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, April 18 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got off to a flying start. They added 79 runs in the opening partnership but the middle orders failed to carry the momentum and they ended up putting 132 on board.

Chasing 133, Hyderabad openers also started in a great way. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 66 runs in 5.4 overs. Their middle orders didn’t lose the plot and they registered a comfortable victory within 17 overs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chennai’s middle order crumbled

Having chosen to bat first, Chennai openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started hitting from the beginning and put up 41 runs within the powerplay. However, they didn’t stop scoring and their big shots led them to 79 runs together before Watson got dismissed for 31. Another opener Faf du Plessis also got out in the very next over for 45.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs CSK

The problem started from there. Middle orders failed to carry the momentum given by the openers. Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Sam Billings dismissed in quick succession and suddenly they reduced to 101/5 from 79/0. Apart from Ambati Rayudu in the middle order, other batsmen failed to score big and that didn’t allow Chennai to put up a competitive total. They managed to put up 132/5 after 20 overs.

Rashid Khan’s spell

Rashid Khan is one of the key players of Hyderabad. He has the ability to restrict any batsman by his spin. He has once again proved his worth in the team in yesterday’s game. Rashid Khan first came to bowl in the eighth over. However, he conceded 14 runs in the first two overs. But his third over made the change.

Chennai were 97 for 2 after 13 overs when Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were on the crease. They were hoping for a big score but Rashid Khan had other plans. He returned for his second spell in the 14th over and started with the dismissal of Suresh Raina. He trapped Raina before the stump for 13 in the first ball. 

He again trapped Kedar Jadhav before the stumps for mere 1 in the fourth delivery. That left Chennai for 99/4. Rashid ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-17-2; where he bowled 13 dot balls in his four-over spell.

Hyderabad openers made the winning foundation

Chasing a mere total of 133, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow started hitting from the very first over. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to add 66 runs within 5.4 overs before Warner’s dismissal; who got dismissed right after scoring another half-century off 24 balls; which included 10 boundaries.

On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow started to steady the ship with the middle order batsmen. He took on Karn Sharma for two maximums in the 11th over and reached his half-century in the 15th over off 39 balls. He scored 61 off 44, including three boundaries and as many sixes. However, both the openers made the winning foundation for the team; where Hyderabad claimed an easy win with 19 balls to spare.

IPL 2019, DC vs MI: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
DC vs MI
April 18, 8.00PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


Both DC and MI have ten points from eight matches thus far and are placed pretty on the points table in IPL 2019. Both the teams are coming off a win as well, with MI defeating RCB, while DC got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Both the teams have a well-balanced side as well, with Delhi’s top four leading the charge. MI have quality batters as well, but what stands out is their bowling attack. While DC have been led by Rabada and Morris, Mumbai have players like Bumrah, Malinga, and the Pandya brothers, who can turn the game around in just one spell. The wickets at the Kotla has been unpredictable, but both teams have enough firepower to tide over any situation.

DC Predicted 11 

Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant (wk), Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw

MI Predicted 11

Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Jason Behrendorff, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar

Fantasy Team

Quinton de Kock is my preferred keeper for my Fantasy team, as he opens the innings, which will give him more freedom and opportunities to get a big knock under his belt. Pant from DC has made vital contributions as well, but he has the tendency of falling in crunch situations. Suryakumar Yadav has scored 183 runs thus far, and he bolsters the batting line-up, and as he is cheaper than Rohit Sharma, he makes for a good pick. Shikhar Dhawan got back to form with an unbeaten 97 against KKR, while Iyer is his side’s leading run-scorer with 266 runs from eight innings. He top scored with 45 against SRH and will have an important role to play, as will Prithvi Shaw, who has gone off the radar after starting with a bang.

Also Read: India’s Squad for ICC World Cup

Morris is the second highest wicket-taker for Delhi Capitals, with 11 wickets from 6 matches. He picked up 3 against SRH, which took his tally to seven wickets from the last three games. The two Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal have a lot of potentials, and have the ability to turn the game on its head in just one over with either bat or ball. Rabada and Bumrah are must-haves in the team, while Malinga – who had flown to Sri Lanka, returned to the IPL with a bang as he picked up wickets in the last game, to help MI over the line.

Captain and Vice-captain: Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

Two teams with extremely different trends in form clash as the Sunrisers Hyderabad host the Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

While MS Dhoni’s men in yellow have looked in imperative form and cruise at the top of the table with just one loss this season in 8 games, the Sunrisers have undone a good start to the season by losing 3 games on the trot and languish in 6th place with 6 points in 7 games. They will be desperate to bounce back on Wednesday and would be keen to prevent Chennai from roaring into a confirmed playoff spot.

The worry with Sunrisers, incredibly, has turned out to be their batting, which was firing on all cylinders at the beginning of the season. In their last 3 games, they have suffered two stunning collapses, getting bowled out for 96 against Mumbai and 116 against Delhi. Hyderabad’s over-dependence on openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has been exposed, and the other key batsmen like skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder Vijay Shankar really need to step up to the plate, as they face a bowling lineup that has been arguably the best this season in the Chennai Super Kings. Be it spin in the form of Imran Tahir or Ravindra Jadeja, or pace in the form of Deepak Chahar, CSK bowlers have come out on top in most fixtures. One could say that the bowling has taken the pressure off the batsmen, but when you have the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis et al in your squad, one would not be too worried. The Sunrisers bowling though has not been too bad, and the Orange Army would hope the likes of Bhuvneshwar and Rashid deliver key performances.

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

David Warner vs Imran Tahir

This will be a key battle to watch out for. Warner has been in top form after returning to the IPL, and leads the Orange Cap listing with 400 runs in 7 games at an average of 80 and a strike rate of over 140, with a century and 4 fifties to his name. He has smacked the ball all over the park and has often been a sole shining light in a depressing SRH scorecard. However, he might meet his match today in Imran Tahir, who with 13 wickets in 8 games, is CSK’s wrecker-in-chief. Tahir has not only been deadly at snaring wickets, but he has also kept things incredibly quiet with a miserly economy of 5.76. The South African would love to run to the stands in his trademark celebration after dismissing Warner today, and this is a battle that the fans would love.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Jonny Bairstow vs Deepak Chahar

Warner’s main ally has been his opening partner Bairstow. The Englishman has had an impressive debut season, scoring 304 runs in 7 games at an average of over 43. However, his form has deteriorated slightly, and he has gotten out early a couple of times in recent games, and CSK would hope to do that again tonight with the help of Deepak Chahar. The Indian pacer has been impressive thus far, picking up 10 wickets in 8 games at an impressive economy of just 6.64. Dhoni would hope such form to continue in Chahar who would be key in striking early. This is a key player battle to watch out for.

MS Dhoni vs Rashid Khan

MS Dhoni has lived up to his billing of being the best finisher of the game in this season’s IPL. The skipper has scored 230 runs in 8 games and has an average of 77. Dhoni can dictate the run flow at will, and this becomes increasingly important in chasing situations. MSD’s capability of reading the game and playing as the situation demands have been key to CSK’s multiple successful run chases. However, Hyderabad would draw inspiration from Dhoni’s failure against Sunil Narine in their latest chase against KKR and would hope their star spinner Rashid Khan, gets a similar result in his battle against Captain Cool. Rashid has taken 8 wickets thus far this season and would look to add the prized scalp of Dhoni to the list. This player battle could prove decisive to the game’s result.

KXIP vs RR: 3 takeaways from the thirty-second encounter

KXIP vs RR: 3 takeaways from the thirty-second encounter

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) registered another win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, April 16 in Mohali. 

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to field first. Both the teams made some changes in their playing XI. Asked to bat, Punjab opener Chris Gayle and KL Rahul added 38 runs before Gayle’s dismissal. However, KL Rahul’s half-century, David Miller’s 40 off 27 and a quickfire 4-ball 17 from Ravichandran Ashwin helped them to put up 182 runs on board; where Jofra Archer bagged 3 wickets for Rajasthan.

Chasing 183, Rajasthan openers added 38 runs before Joss Buttler’s dismissal for 23. Rahul Tripathi, who opened the innings with Buttler, scored a fifty and later Stuart Binny scored a blitzy 33 off 11. But those were not enough to get past the line and Punjab won the game 12 runs.

Here are the three talking points:

Jofra Archer’s fiery spell

Jofra Archer is one of the key players of Rajasthan Royals; who once again proved his worth during the game again Punjab.

Put into bat, Punjab’s in-form openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul started off really well. While Gayle took on Jaydev Unadkat for two consecutive sixes in the second over, he smashed a boundary and a maximum in the fifth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. To stop the run flow, captain Ajinkya Rahane gave the responsibility to Jofra Archer.

Archer’s first over went for mere 2 runs in the powerplay while he dismissed dangerous Chris Gayle in his second over for 30 off 22, including two boundaries and three sixes.

Rahane brought back Archer in the death overs. In the penultimate over, he first dismissed Nicholas Pooran in the third ball; when Pooran mistimed the ball which was a low full toss and ended up giving a catch to Rahane and went for mere 5.

Archer’s third victim was Mandeep Singh. Slower delivery from Archer trapped Singh before the stumps in the final ball of the over and he fell for a two-ball duck. Jofra Archer, thus, finished his four-over spell with a brilliant figure of 4-0-15-3.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs CSK

While Rajasthan’s other bowlers Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi and Jaydev Unadkat bowled with the economies of 7.75, 9.25, 10.25 and 12.00 respectively; Jofra Archer bowled at an economy of 3.75 which is rather amazing. His economical spells always help his side to restrict their opponents.

An all-round performance by Ravichandran Ashwin

Kings XI Punjab were put into bat where the opener Chris Gayle fell for a 22-ball 30 and another opener KL Rahul scored a rather slow half-century off 44 balls. They were not in a great position in the death overs as Jofra Archer picked up two wickets in the 19th over. Punjab at 164/5 in 19 overs when their captain Ravichandran Ashwin came to bat.

The final over started with the set batsman David Miller’s dismissal for 40 off 27. Ashwin faced the second delivery off Dhawal Kulkarni which went for a boundary through backward point. The next two deliveries went for singles. Ashwin smashed the fifth ball for a maximum which was a slower ball. He smashed another six in the final of the innings over fine leg and ended the innings on a high note. His 17 runs off four balls helped Punjab to a decent competitive total of 182/6 after 20 overs. 

Ashwin, not only with the bat but performed well with the ball also. Rajasthan Royals were scoring steadily when Ashwin came into the attack in the 12th over. He bowled Sanju Samson for 27 off 21 and later Rahul Tripathi in the 16th over; who fell just after scoring his first IPL fifty. 

Along with Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin also bowled well and both of them pulled the things back. They didn’t allow the batsmen for the big shots and that caused the increased required run-rate; which Rajasthan were not able to score and failed to register another win.

Stuart Binny’s quickfire 11-ball 33

Rajasthan started their run-chase in a great manner where in-form opener Joss Buttler’s quickfire knock helped them to put up 38 runs in first four overs. Later, a 59-run stand between Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi helped them to steady the ship. However, Ajinkya Rahane also scored 26 off 21. But, they were not able to finish the game for their side as they threw their wickets in the crucial moment.

Rajasthan required 50 runs in the final three overs when Mohammed Shami dismissed Jofra Archer for mere 1. Stuart Binny came to bat in the 18th over and hit a boundary through mid-wicket in the very first ball he faced off Shami. He smashed a maximum over the fine leg in the next delivery. He smashed two sixes off Arshdeep Singh in the penultimate over.

Binny scored a blitzy 33* off 11 but that was not enough for his team to win the game. Eventually, Punjab won the game by 12 runs.

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 17, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad


The two teams are coming into this game on the back o contrasting fortunes – while SRH have lost three games in a row, CSK are on a roll and have registered seven wins from eight games thus far in IPL 2019. The Dhoni-led team have been on a roll, with players like Tahir and Faf du Plessis helping them beat rivals one after the other. SRH, on the other hand, have two of the most dangerous batters in Warner and Bairstow, but once they are dismissed, it gives way to an inconsistent middle-order. With their bowling not living to its expectations too, the side is struggling, and they will go into this match under pressure.

As far as the pitch conditions go, unlike the other grounds, win the toss and bat first seems to be the mantra here. The teams chasing have lost three of the last four games played here, and hence toss will play an important role.

SRH Predicted 11 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner

Fantasy Team

Both Bairstow and Dhoni have had a good run in IPL 2019, but I have chosen the SRH keeper, as he opens the innings, and hence will have a better chance of getting a big knock. He scored 41 in the last game and is one of the most aggressive players around.

Suresh Raina anchored the innings brilliantly against KKR, as did Faf du Plessis. After the poor form of Watson and Rayudu, the duo have taken up the responsibility of leading from the front, and the same will be expected once again on a tough track, especially if CSK bat second. The South African in particular has scored 128 runs in 4 innings and has transformed the batting attack since he came in. Kedar Jadhav has the potential to play as an anchor and a finisher, which sees him take a place in the Dream11 team. David Warner is the leading run-scorer in this edition with 400 runs, while Vijay Shankar has played some good cameos, but will be eager to carry on.

Also Read: India’s Squad for ICC World Cup

Ravindra Jadeja will be high on confidence after a good knock with the bat helped CSK across the line against KKR. He was expensive last time, but has 7 wickets thus far, and will find the conditions helpful, as will Santner and Tahir.

Tahir has scalped 13 wickets and is CSK’s leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets. He took 4 for 27 against KKR on a good batting deck and will fancy his chances again on a slow and tough pitch. Deepak Chahar has taken 10 wickets and holds a key role in the middle overs, while Sandeep Sharma rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Tahir

IPL 2019: KXIP vs RR- Key Player Battles to Watch out for

IPL 2019: KXIP vs RR- Key Player Battles to Watch out for

Kings XI Punjab host the lowly Rajasthan Royals at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in Tuesday’s encounter of the IPL. While the Kings have attained 8 points out of as many games, Rajasthan languish at 7th place having accumulated just 4 points in 7 games.

They would look to get back among the contenders for the playoffs, and a victory over the Kings XI will make it two wins on the trot, providing them some much-needed momentum as the business end of the season approaches. Punjab meanwhile would like to complete a double over their opponents, following on the victory against the Royals in their opening match, when a Chris Gayle blitzkrieg ensured a total that Rajasthan could not chase down in spite of Englishman Jos Buttler’s best efforts.

Both teams bank on their top-heavy batting order. KL Rahul has been in blistering form for Punjab and grabbed enough eyeballs to get himself on the flight to England for the World Cup. His partnership at the top of the order with the “Universe Boss” Gayle will be key for Punjab. Backed up by power-hitting talents like Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, and David Miller, the Punjab batsmen will prove to be a test for the Royals bowling lineup. Shreyas Gopal has been the key wicket-taker, while the pace battery would like to keep things disciplined against the marauding Punjab batsmen. Rajasthan themselves will be banking on the efforts of skipper Ajinkya Rahane, in-form Jos Buttler and the ever-improving Steve Smith. Punjab’s bowling will depend on Mohammed Shami and captain Ravi Ashwin, with all-rounder Sam Curran capable of inflicting danger in the later overs.

Here are a few key player battles to look out for in this match.

Jos Buttler vs  Ravichandran Ashwin

This is the key battle that will excite a lot of people, especially after what transpired in their last encounter. Buttler was on song against the Kings XI, scoring 63 off 49 deliveries. It seemed imperative that the Royals would get over the line riding on Buttler’s performance before he was most unfortunately Mankaded by Ashwin. It was a dismissal that caused a huge hue and cry, with a plethora of opinions regarding the sportsmanship, or lack thereof, of the incident. This is a mouth-watering rivalry that would continue in this match. Both have had good seasons thus far as well. While Buttler has 288 runs in 7 games to his name, Ashwin has taken 9 wickets in his 8 matches. Which statistic will increase in this player battle remains to be seen.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

KL Rahul vs Shreyas Gopal

KL Rahul has been having the season of his life thus far. He has scored 335 runs in 8 innings with an incredible average of 67 and an impressive strike rate of 131, with a century and three fifties to boot. He has led the charge from the top and will be a key wicket for the RR bowlers. The battle of Rahul against Shreyas Gopal would be one to watch out for. Gopal is also having a breakthrough season, snaring 8 wickets in 7 games. He has also been very stingy in the middle overs with an economy of just 6.41. Rahul will hope to cause damage to that statistic, while Gopal will look to get the danger man. This is surely a player battle to look out for.

Chris Gayle vs Jofra Archer

After a slight slump in form, Chris Gayle is back to his best, marauding the bowling attack in recent matches as only he can. With 322 runs in 7 matches, Gayle is currently third in running for the Orange Cap, averaging over 53 and striking at over 157. He would look to carry on his hitting prowess, which saw him score an unbeaten 99 in the last game against RCB. Though the bowler doesn’t matter when Gayle gets going, Rajasthan would bank on Jofra Archer to dismiss the Jamaican early. Archer has taken 7 wickets in as many games, but his economy of 7.22 would be crucial in stemming the flow of runs from Gayle’s bat and dismissing him in the process. This player battle might go a long way in deciding the game.

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another comfortable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, April 15 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost the opener, Virat Kohli, very cheaply. However, a 95-run partnership between AB de Villiers (75 off 51) and Moeen Ali (50 off 32) helped them to put up 171 on board. Other batsmen failed to score big as Lasith Malinga bagged a 4-wicket haul. 

Chasing 172, Mumbai openers added 70 runs within 7.1 overs. However, they lost both the openers in the same over. But a quickfire innings from both Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya guided them to another win.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Lasith Malinga’s 4-wicket haul

Put into bat, Bangalore didn’t get a flying start as they lost in-form Virat Kohli for mere 8. However, Parthiv Patel and experienced AB de Villiers tried to steady the ship and added 37 runs before Patel’s dismissal for 28. Ab de Villiers then built a partnership of 95 runs with Moeen Ali and put up 144 runs after the 17th over. They were looking too comfortable at the crease then and they were hoping for a big score from there on.

But veteran Sri Lankan bowler, Lasith Malinga had some other plans. He broke the 95-run partnership by taking up Moeen Ali after he scored a fifty off 32. He struck again in the same over when he picked up Marcus Stoinis for a two-ball duck.

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Malinga, however, came to bowl the final over. AB de Villiers got dismissed in the second ball of the over by direct throw while Malinga dismissed both Akshdeep Nath and Negi and restricted Bangalore within 171 on board. Malinga finished his spell with the figure of 4-0-31-4.

Poor bowling by Bangalore bowlers

To defend a total like 172 in the ground like Wankhede, the bowlers have to bowl in a good line and length. But once again Bangalore bowlers failed to impress with the ball.

Having started the chase with the consecutive boundaries by Quinton de Kock off Umesh Yadav in the very first over, Kohli-led Bangalore bowlers didn’t get the way to restrict both the openers as they added 67 runs in the powerplay. However, Moeen Ali gave the first breakthrough by picking up Rohit Sharma for 28. He struck again in the same over when he dismissed de Cock for 40.

Later, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Ishan Kishan for 21 off 9 and Suryakumar Yadav for 29 off 23. Apart from Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the other bowlers was bowling in a proper line and length. Chahal and Ali bowled with the economy of 6.75 and 4.50 respectively while Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, and Pawan Negi bowled with the economy of more than 10; which cost them the defeat.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 37

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav in the 16th over, one of Mumbai’s key players, all-rounder Hardik Pandya came to the crease. He tried to steady the ship with Krunal Pandya by rotating the strike and a few big shots whenever needed before Krunal’s dismissal.

However, they needed 22 in the final two overs when Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Pawan Negi. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, changed the gear as well. he didn’t take any run in the first ball. The second one went for a maximum over long-on. The third delivery was outside off stump which went for a boundary through the gap between long-off and deep mid-wicket.

The next one again went for a boundary while the fifth ball went for a six over long on. The final ball was wide while Hardik took a single in the final ball of the penultimate over and sealed the game for Mumbai.