IPL 2019, KXIP vs RR: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 16, 8.00PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali


Punjab are coming into this game after two losses, while RR won an important game against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede. However, KXIP have a good record at home this IPL 2019, having won three of their four matches, but they have plenty of issues to sort out.

Their batting looks too dependent on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, while their bowling has not been able to pack a punch either. RR, on the other hand, have a more settled batting unit, with bowlers like Kulkarni, Archer, and Gopal leading the way.

The track at Mohali plays similarly to how the pitch at Jaipur is, which should give RR the confidence to go for their two points. As far as the playing 11 goes, Ben Stokes, if fit, is likely to be slotted in, while Hardus Viljoen might come in for the home team.

KXIP Predicted 11 

Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye/Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin

RR Predicted 11

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone/Ben Stokes, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Fantasy Team

As Buttler has not been keeping for the last few games, Dream11 has enlisted him as a batter, which allows me to pick both Buttler and KL Rahul in my side. The other wicket-keeping option – Sanju Samson – is not as aggressive as Rahul, who will be high on confidence after being selected for the Indian team.

Chris Gayle is a must-have, after his unbeaten 99 in the last game against RCB, while Mayank Agarwal is a good player as he has been pitching in with important runs in the middle overs. If there is an early loss of a wicket, the Indian has the skills to anchor the innings and get a big score under his belt. Steven Smith is slowly but surely finding his lost momentum, and the World Cup selection will further give him the much-needed boost. Mandeep Singh, at 8 credits, helps me fit in the more expensive players that I want in my Dream11 team.

Also Read: Gayle hits most sixes in International Cricket

I have only two all-rounders – Ashwin and Sam Curran and have decided to leave out Stokes, considering he will be fit for the match. Stokes has not had the best of tournaments, and has been expensive, and has not earned many points either. Curran too has not fared as well after his burst of 4 wickets, but he is a good utility player, coming in only for 8.5 credits. Ashwin and Shami for Punjab had held the reigns in the bowling department, while Gopal has been the standout for RR. Kulkarni rounds up my team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Buttler, Rahul

IPL 2019: MI vs RCB – Key Player Battles to Watch out for

Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah

After successive defeats in their first 6 games of the season, RCB finally returned to winning ways against Punjab in their last game.

They would hope to notch up another win against Mumbai to launch a desperate bid to write a Cinderella story and make the playoffs.

With the IPL league stage past its halfway stage, teams now have a fair grasp of their performers and the top 4 are slowly beginning to take shape, though it is still anybody’s game. As we approach the business end of the tournament, Monday’s match sees the Mumbai Indians welcome bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore to the Wankhede. After successive defeats in their first 6 games of the season, RCB finally returned to winning ways against Punjab in their last game. They would hope to notch up another win against Mumbai to launch a desperate bid to write a Cinderella story and make the playoffs. Mumbai meanwhile, stands 3rd in the table with 4 wins from 7 games. They would hope to complete a double this season over RCB, and make their case stronger and move on par with Delhi Capitals on 10 points after tonight’s match is done.

Mumbai has had quite a topsy-turvy season this far, like several other teams, underlining the evenness of this competition. Mumbai, though, would like to build some stability into their form if they want to create some difference between the rest, much like Chennai Super Kings have done, and this match provides that opportunity. Rohit Sharma would mostly be coming back into the team after a short injury layoff and would look to provide a solid start with Quinton de Kock, to set the stage for Mumbai’s big-hitting middle order with the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard. Jasprit Bumrah, who was Man of the Match in the last encounter between the two teams, would continue his seaming duties, along with Jason Behrendorff and Lasith Malinga, who is expected to make a comeback into the squad in place of injured Alzarri Joseph.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match 

After a disastrous start to their campaign, RCB finally managed to win a match in IPL 2019, chasing down Kings XI’s score in the final over in spite of Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99. RCB’s successful chase came due to the efforts of the usual suspects, captain Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, without whom the batting just does not perform. Over-dependence on the two players has been a massive concern for RCB, who would hope that someone steps up to the plate in case the duo fails to fire. In the bowling department, similarly, Yuzi Chahal and Navdeep Saini have been the key players, with the remaining error-prone and expensive. RCB would hope that they put in a team performance instead of depending on a few players if they are to have any chance left in the tournament.

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

Virat Kohli vs Jasprit Bumrah

The lip-smacking encounter of the best batsman in the world facing the best bowler in the world, that was encashed on even by the IPL in their pre-tournament advertisements, is obviously going to make the list of key player battles. Unsurprisingly, both have been the best performers for their respective teams; however, both are capable of more. Kohli has scored 270 runs in 7 innings averaging almost 39, while Bumrah has taken 8 wickets in his 7 games at a measly economy of 7 runs per over. In the last match, the right-armer dismissed the Indian captain after the latter was batting fluently on 46. The dismissal proved to be the game-changer as Kohli’s crucial partnership with De Villiers was broken, giving Mumbai a chance to punch their way back into the game. Mumbai fans would be hoping for an encore on Monday, and this player battle could potentially determine the match.

AB De Villers vs Krunal Pandya

Kohli’s permanent partner in notable RCB innings has been the South African talisman. De Villiers was Bangalore’s last hope in their previous game against Mumbai, scoring a valiant unbeaten 70 but ultimately coming up short as RCB lost by 6 runs. De Villiers would be looking to making amends on Monday, and add to his 232 tournament runs in the process. However, a particular bowler’s history against De Villiers would surely excite Mumbai fans, and that is Krunal Pandya. The Mumbai Indians spinner has dismissed De Villiers four times in the marquee T20 league so far. 

Quinton De Kock vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Quinton De Kock has been the rock at the top of the Mumbai innings, providing the team the starts they require, and his partnership with skipper Rohit Sharma has been vital. With 238 runs in 7 games at a strike rate of 136, De Kock’s temperament would go a long way in providing Mumbai the stage to capitalize on. His main nemesis in the Bangalore team would be leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who castled him for 23 in their last encounter. Chahal has been RCB’s key bowler with an impressive haul of 11 wickets thus far at a miserly economy of 7.07. Yuzi would look to make his bid for the Purple Cap stronger against Mumbai, and one of his key targets would be keeper-batsman De Kock. This is surely one player battle to watch out for.

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday, April 14 in Hyderabad. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, Delhi lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan within 20 runs. However, Collin Munro scored 40 off 24, Shreyas Iyer scored a 40 off 45 and guided Delhi to a decent total of 155 on board.

Chasing 166, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will add 72 runs in 9.5 overs. At that point, it was looking an easy win for Hyderabad. However, a 4-wicket haul by Kagiso Rabada, two three-wicket hauls by Chris Morris and Keemo Paul helped Delhi to win another game convincingly.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Middle orders of Delhi performed well after a failed opening partnership

Asked to bat first, Delhi’s in-form openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t provide the start which they are accustomed to. Both were dismissed after scoring four and seven respectively. Khaleel Ahmed, who was playing his first game for Hyderabad, picked up both the openers.

Read here: KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

However, Collin Munro; who was playing his first game yesterday, started hitting from the very beginning. Later, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer also joined the party. They took on every bowler they faced. They added 49 runs before Munro’s dismissal for 40 off 24 which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, scored a 40-ball 45 and Rishabh Pant scored 2 off 19 and guided Delhi to a competitive total of 155 after 20 overs.

Over-dependence on the Hyderabad openers

Chasing 156, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. They won their three games out of seven, because of a strong opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They both added 40 runs within the powerplay. They both made sure that the run-rate would be normal which they can easily chase.

They both added 72 runs in 9.5 overs before Keemo Paul handed over the first breakthrough to his team. However, apart from the openers, none of the batsmen reached the double-digit and once again Hyderabad lost due to a dismal batting performance from the middle-orders.

Delhi bowlers did the job

Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 72 runs in the first 10 overs. At that point, the game was pretty much in the Hyderabad’s court. But Keemo Paul picked the first wicket for his team. He dismissed Bairstow for 41. After that, he dismissed Kane Williamson in quick succession.

Warner, on the other hand, tried to anchor the chase. Paul once again struck in the 16th over and picked up Ricky Bhui’s wicket for 7. After his three-wicket haul, Rabada joined him. He first dismissed the set batsman, Warner by a slower delivery for 51 and on the very next ball he picked up Vijay Shankar.

The next was Chris Morris’ show; who struck thrice in the 18th over and Rabada sealed the deal by taking the last two wickets in the penultimate over. Delhi bowlers did a wonderful job by dismantled Hyderabad’s middle order where they lost their eight wickets for 15 runs and Delhi won the game comfortably.

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered another easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, April 14 in Kolkata. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn started off really well. However, another opener Sunil Narine failed to score. Apart from Lynn, other batsmen couldn’t do well as Imran Tahir bagged a 4-wicket haul. Lynn scored 82 off 51 and helped Kolkata to put up 161 on board.

Chasing 162, Chennai got off to a  flying start. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got out very cheaply. Later, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also failed to score big. However, Suresh Raina scored a 42-ball 58* and Ravindra Jadeja scored a 17-ball 31* and guided Chennai to a comfortable win.

Here are the three talking points:

Batting dismal after a flying start

Asked to bat first, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn took on Deepak Chahar from the very first over. He hit two back to back boundaries while he hit for a maximum and two more boundaries in Chahar’s second over. Lynn didn’t leave Shardul Thakur as well. He hit two boundaries in the fourth over as well and powered Kolkata to 33 within four overs.

To stop the run-flow, Chennai captain MS Dhoni brought left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner in the attack as both the openers struggled to play left-arm spinners. However, Santner was successful to give a breakthrough as he dismissed Sunil Narine for 2 and Kolkata managed to put up 49 for 1 within the powerplay.

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Chris Lynn, on the other hand, hit big shots in nearly every overs as he smashed Santner for a maximum over long-on. Lynn scored his eighth IPL fifty in the 9th over and Kolkata put up 77 runs in 10 overs.

However, from 11th over, wickets started falling at a regular interval, courtesy, Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul. Though, Lynn smashed three sixes and a boundary off Jadeja in the 14th over before his dismissal in the next over. Imran Tahir’s brilliant spell and Shardul Thakur’s brilliant comeback for his second spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting and restricted them within 161 after 20 overs.

Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul

After Chris Lynn’s blitzy start and Nitish Rana’s stable knock, Kolkata was pretty much in a great place after 10 overs as they put up 77 on board. But Imran Tahir had some other plans.

All of a sudden, Kolkata thought to score big and started hitting big. However, Nitish Ranawas the first one to fall for 21. Tahir picked up Robin Uthappa in the same over within a span of three deliveries of his second over.

He came back in the 15th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Chris Lynn for 82 off 51, including seven boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell who took Tahir in the next two deliveries for a mid-wicket boundary and a maximum. Everyone was hoping for a blitzy innings from him but Tahir dismissed Russell in the very next delivery. Russell was trying for a slog-sweep but ended up giving a long-on catch to Dhruv Shorey. Though the final over went wicketless, Tahir ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-27-4.

Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial knock

Ravindra Jadeja has once again proved his worth in the Chennai team and showcased his batting skill to everyone. Though he didn’t have a  good day with the ball, he did make up with the bat.

Chasing 162, though Chennai got off to a great start, they lost their opener Shane Watson for mere 6 in the 4th over. However, Faf du Plessis also troubled the bowlers but he was also got dismissed in the final over of the powerplay for 24 off 16 by Sunil Narine.

Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was seen struggling and was dismissed after scoring only 5 off 11. However, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also couldn’t do well.

Dhoni’s dismissal brought Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Chennai were needed 41 runs off 4.2 overs. In-form Suresh Raina was there at the crease and Kolkata was looking at the favourable position at that time. But Jadeja was determined to win the game for his side. 

Jadeja took 9 runs in the 17th over off Prasidh Krishna. They scored 8 runs in the next over off Sunil Narine. But Jadeja changed gears and hit three consecutive boundaries and collected 16 runs off the England seamer Harry Gurney in the penultimate over.

16 runs in the 19th over brought the equation down to eight runs in the final over. Jadeja hit a boundary in the first ball of the final over off Piyush Chawla and later took two singles and two runs from the next three balls and sealed the deal for Chennai. He remained unbeaten on 31 in 17 balls alongside Suresh Raina; who scored 58 off 42 and helped Chennai to win the game.

IPL 2019, MI vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 15, 8.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium


RCB finally managed to win their first game of IPL 2019, as they defeated Kings XI Punjab in a convincing manner. Led by the heroics of their stalwarts Ab de Villiers and Virat Kohli, RCB tamed Ashwin’s men in their own den to finally register two points. Mumbai, on the other hand, lost their last game to Rajasthan Royals, as they allowed them to chase down close to 190 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.

This clash between RCB and MI will be held at the same venue – Wankhede – where run-scoring is easy, and bowlers often suffer from a nightmare. With both sides having plenty of big hitters, yet another run-feast can be expected. As far as the playing 11 goes, RCB might go in unchanged after finally getting their combination right, while MI might mull over a few changes. Also, Malinga is once again available for selection as he has flown back from Sri Lanka, but it remains to be seen whether Rohit Sharma picks him.

MI Predicted 11 

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff/Evin Lewis, Jasprit Bumrah

RCB Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

Parthiv Patel is chosen over Quinton de Kock here, even though the latter made 81 against RR, as the former comes cheaper, which then allows me to pick players like Kohli, AB de Villiers and the Pandya brothers in my side. The RCB keeper has not fared that badly either – he has amassed more than 150 runs in the tournament, and the batting-friendly conditions will assist him. ABD and Kohli are no-brainers. They have been the stars for RCB over the years and led the team over the line against Punjab. On a flat batting deck, the duo will be the key once again.

Also Read: MI become the 1st team to play 200 T20 matches in the World

Even though Suryakumar is not having the best IPL, he is more than skilled to outperform his contemporaries. Keiron Pollard flopped against RR, but he had scored a match-winning 50 against Punjab in these very conditions, and against a weak bowling attack, the West Indian will fancy his chances. The two Pandya brothers make it to the side without debates. They have either changes games with their heroics with bat or ball season after season, and MI has come to rely on them.

Moeen Ali is preferred here, as he has played a few useful cameos for RCB this season, and if his services are called upon, he could lead the charge once more.

Chahal has been accustomed to bowling on flat tracks – having bowled at Chinnaswamy for more than five years now – while Bumrah keeps things tight and was rewarded with 2 wickets against RR. Rahul Chahar rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

Mumbai Indians achieved a rare feat in their game against Rajasthan Royals. They became the first team to play 200 T20 games. 

Rohit Sharma-led the franchise in Indian Premier League (IPL) surpassed the English county side Somerset, who has played 199 T20 matches and one short to reach 200. Mumbai Indians have won the IPL title three times in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Apart from Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings is the only other IPL franchise who has won the IPL title thrice.

Along with Mumbai, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are the other two IPL franchises that feature in the top five teams with the most number of T20 games. Hampshire are placed at third with 194 T20 games while RCB are currently in the fourth spot with 188 T20s. Two teams are in the fifth spot, they are KKR and Sussex with 187 games.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Mumbai Indians achieved another milestone when they became the first team to win 100 matches in the history of Indian Premier League. That feat came when they won against the defending champion Chennai Super Kings at home.

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Not only these, but Mumbai also has a few more other records. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma is the third highest run-getter in the history of IPL. He has amassed 4658 runs so far with a strike rate of 130.95 from 179 matches. He has scored 34 half-centuries and a century and hit more than 400 boundaries and 187 over-boundaries till date. The first spot belongs to Virat Kohli; who has scored 5218 runs and Suresh Raina is in the second place with 5121 runs.

Their pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. He has bagged 157 wickets in 113 matches so far. His best figure is 5 for 13 which came against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2011.

Apart from these two, Mumbai Indians are the only team who has the record of highest and smallest victories in IPL so far. In 2017, Mumbai Indians put up 212 runs against Daredevils and restricted their opponents within 66 on board, registering a 146-run win which became the largest ever victory so far. 

On the other hand, they lost to Punjab by 1 run in the inaugural season of the IPL. Punjab scored 189 runs in 20 overs while Mumbai were bowled out for 188. Thus they become the first ever team to have both the records.

However, yesterday, earlier in the game against Rajasthan, Mumbai Indians were asked to bat first after losing the toss. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got off to a flying start with a strong 96-run partnership of the 10.5 overs. Later a quickfire 28 off 11 by Hardik Pandya powered them to 187 after 20 overs.

Chasing the target, Rajasthan started pretty well as the openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler added 60 runs in 6.2 overs before Rahane’s dismissal. Later, Buttler and Sanju Samson added 87 runs before Buttler’s dismissal. Buttler smashed a 43-ball 89, including eight boundaries and seven sixes. But a sudden wicket fall left them struggling at 174-6. Then Shreyas Gopal’s 7-ball 13 got the side past the line by four wickets.

Mumbai started their 2019 IPL journey with a 37-run loss against Delhi Capitals before winning by six runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Then they lost one game and won three games in their next four matches and again lost to Rajasthan in the last game and placed at the third position in the points table of Indian Premier League 2019 with eight points.

KXIP vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the twenty-eighth encounter

KXIP vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the twenty-eighth encounter

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered their first win in this season of Indian Premier League (IPL) over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 8 wickets in Mohali on Saturday, April 13. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Punjab openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul added 60 runs in the powerplay. Apart from Gayle, other batsmen were not able to reach the 20-run mark. Gayle, on the other hand, scored 99* off 64, including 10 boundaries and 5 sixes and put up 173 on board.

Chasing 174, Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored 67 and 59* respectively. Their 85-run partnership and Marcus Stoinis’ quickfire 28 off 16 helped them to claim their first win of the season.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99

Punjab came to bat after losing the toss. They were hoping for a flying start while they struggled to score in the first two overs. However, Gayle was the one who started hitting first. He hit Umesh Yadav for a boundary and a maximum in the consecutive deliveries and later KL Rahul took on Yadav for two back-to-back boundaries. They put up 60 runs in the powerplay.

KL Rahul couldn’t do much as he was dismissed for 18 in the 7th over which included two boundaries and a six. In-form Mayank Agarwal also failed to impress and was dismissed for 15. However, Gayle reached his fifty in the 9th over. Another in-form batsman Sarfaraz Khan also got out for 15 off 13.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

Gayle, somehow, failed to maintain the same strike rate during the middle-overs (7-15).  He managed to score just 18 runs off 23 balls. This cost Punjab’s batting as well because the other batsmen were not able to contribute much.

Gayle was lucky enough to not get dismissed in the very first over when he was trapped before the stump by Umesh Yadav. But umpire didn’t raise his finger and Virat Kohli also didn’t take any review. Gayle anchored the innings till the end and scored an unbeaten 99 which helped them to put up 173 on board after 20 overs.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ partnership

Chasing the total, Bangalore opener Parthiv Patel started with a boundary off Sam Curran. Then Kohli took on Shami for two consecutive boundaries in the second over. There back to back boundaries showed that they were there to win the game. However, Parthiv Patel got out in the 4th over for 19 off 9 but that didn’t slow down their scoring.

His dismissal brought AB de Villiers in the crease; who showcased his talent from the very first over he faced. They put up 63 runs in the first six overs. However, they both rotated the strike beautifully and hit big shots whenever needed. They scored 98 runs in 11 overs and Kohli reached his half-century off 37 deliveries.

Kohli was dismissed for 67 off 53, including 8 boundaries. On the other hand, de Villiers was there, stood strong and anchored the innings till the end. Bangalore needed 38 runs in the last three overs when some big hittings from AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis took the team over the line.

Punjab’s dismal bowling in death overs

The equation was 38 needed off 18 deliveries and the two set batsmen, AB de Villiers, and Marcus Stoinis were in the middle. Andrew Tye came to bowl the 18th over where he was hit by Stoinis for a boundary in the very first ball. Stoinis hit another boundary in the next ball through backward point. The fourth delivery went for a maximum over extra cover and Tye conceded 18 runs in the over.

Shami started the next over quite well but a boundary in the fourth ball by Stoinis and a maximum by de Villiers in the final ball of the over ease the pressure. When they were needed only 6 runs in the final over, Ashwin handed over the ball to Sarfaraz Khan; who haven’t bowled before and that was his first over in the IPL history.

However, he failed to restrict the runs as Stoinis hit a boundary in the very first ball, took two runs in the next ball and Bangalore registered their first victory of the season with four balls to spare. Had the bowlers able to restrict them in the death overs, the result might have been different.

MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

Rajasthan Royals (RR) registered a comfortable win over Mumbai Indians (MI) by 4 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday, April 14. 

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat, Mumbai Indians’ openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave a flying start. Their big hitting helped them to score 57 runs in the powerplay. They didn’t slow down the scoring s they put up 92 runs in 10 overs without losing a single wicket. However, they lost few wickets in between in quick succession and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 28 helped them to reach 187.

Chasing 188, Rajasthan also got off to a flying start. They added 59 runs in the powerplay before Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal in the seventh over. However, Joss Buttler was there at the crease. However, they also lost a few wickets in the death overs. But Buttler’s 89 off 43 and Shreyas Gopal’s 13 off 7 guided them to a comfortable victory.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

Mumbai failed to capitalize after a blazing start

Mumbai Indians came to bat first after losing the toss. Rohit Sharma, who missed the last game due to injury, returned in the squad. He along with Quinton de Kock opened the innings. After two overs’ silence, Quinton de Kock broke the barrier and hit K Gowtham for a long-on six and two consecutive boundaries in the third over.

The very next over was seen Rohit Sharma took on Kulkarni for three boundaries. Their big hitting abilities helped them to put up 57 runs in the powerplay. However, they didn’t slow down their scoring and started hitting all over the park. It became difficult for the bowlers to get past them when they became set in the middle. They added 96 runs in 10.5 overs before Jofra Archer handed over the first breakthrough.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 47 off 32, including six boundaries and a six. Quinton de Kock finished his half-century in the 12th over. However, the middle order batsmen Suryakumar Yadav (16), Kieron Pollard (6) and Ishan Kishan (5) failed to capitalize after a blistering start by the openers. Pollard, whose heroics helped Mumbai to win their last game, was seen struggling to score.

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Along with de Kock’s 81, Hardik Pandya tried his best by adding a quickfire 28 off 11. Apart from them, no other batsmen were able to contribute much. Had they able to add some more runs, Mumbai would have reached the 200-run mark after getting a flying start.

Joss Buttler’s blitzy innings

Chasing the competitive total, Rajasthan started in a great way. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler got off to a flying start. However, Rahane was dropped by Rohit Sharma in the very first over. Buttler took on Alzarri Joseph hitting boundaries from the second over. Along with him, Rahane too took on Behrendorff for boundaries in the third over. Their constant big hittings helped them to put up 59 within the powerplay.

However, Rahane fell for 37 off 21, including six boundaries and a six. Buttler, on the other hand, stood strong at the other end. He took on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya for over-boundaries and reached his fifty in the 10th over. While Buttler took on every bowler, Sanju Samson also supported well. 

In the 13th over off Alzarri Joseph, Buttler started with a maximum by hitting a straight back down the ground. The next four balls went for consecutive boundaries in the extra cover, backward point, and third man region respectively. The last ball of the over went for a maximum over wide long-on. Buttler scored 28 runs in the single over before his dismissal in the next over for 89 off 43, including seven boundaries and as many sixes. His stormy innings helped Rajasthan to win the game comfortably.

Bowlers failed to restrict Rajasthan

Mumbai has a strong bowling lineup with Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, etc. But they somehow failed to take wickets after getting an early wicket. None of the bowlers was able to bowl in a proper line and length apart from Jasprit Bumrah.

After a flying start and later an 87-run stand between Joss Buttler and Sanju Samson, Mumbai bounced back brilliantly. While Bumrah dismissed Samson in the 17th over, Krunal Pandya struck twice in the 18th over when he picked up Rahul Tripathi and Livingstone for mere 1. Bumrah again dismissed Steve Smith for 12 and Rajasthan lost 4 wickets within 4 runs. 

While Bumrah bowled at an economy of 5.75, Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph bowled at an economy of 10.33 and 17.67 runs per over. Even, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar also bowled at an economy more than 8. This showed a dismal bowling performance from all the bowlers who failed to restrict Rajasthan after taking four wickets in four runs. If they were able to restrict them, the result would have been different.

IPL 2019, SRH vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 14, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium – Hyderabad


The two sides are coming into this game on the back of contrasting fortunes – SRH have lost their last two games, while Delhi are on a 2-match winning streak, and they would want to extend that when they face a stiff battle against SRH at Hyderabad.

The track at Hyderabad has always assisted the sides that bat first, and spinners have a huge say in the game. In that scenario, Sandeep Lamichanne, who was not in the side that played against KKR, might come in, while SRH will need to see if Kane Williamson is fit and then make changes accordingly.

This might be a tight game, with both sides not short on firepower. While DC have a good middle-order, SRH relies on their opening duo. However, if they are out early, they might struggle – a weakness DC would like to exploit.

SRH Predicted 11 

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan/Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

DC Predicted 11

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada

Fantasy Team

While Delhi’s Pant is in form as well, the only reason that I have picked Bairstow is that he opens the innings, and might have a greater chance of getting a big knock. He has not fared badly in this IPL 2019 either – even smashing a hundred against RCB earlier – and would want to carry on before he leaves for England in ten days. David Warner, the Orange Cap holder might have flopped in the last few games, but he is too good a player to repeat his mistakes. Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with an unbeaten 97 against KKR, and he knows how the track at Hyderabad will play out – having turned out for SRH the last few years. Thus he will be an important player in the clash. Shreyas Iyer has been leading the side from the front. In the case of an early loss of a wicket, the skipper has the potential to anchor the innings and get a big score under his belt.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

Vijay Shankar has been playing at number 32 and has played aggressively in the chances. While he does not bowl much, his form with the bat warrants a selection. Chris Morris and Axar Patel are the other two all-rounders. Morris has been the most underrated player for DC, while Axar will find the conditions to his liking.

In the bowling department, I have not picked Rashid Khan, as he has not been among the wickets lately, and hence is not a great Fantasy Pick. Sandeep Sharma has been faring well, while Delhi’s Ishant Sharma has been the surprise performer. Rabada has been in fine form, and his yorkers could hurt the wobbly SRH middle-order, while Lamichhane – expected to return to the 11 – rounds up my team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Bairstow, Iyer

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 14, 4.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


The two teams are coming off contrasting results – while CSK have won their last two games, KKR have slipped and lost to CSK earlier at Chepauk and then failed to tame Delhi at home. With seven games down, and at least four more wins needed to get into the top-four, Karthik’s men will be eager to get back on track before it gets too late.

Chennai, on the other hand, have a well-balanced team that has been adapting well and pitching in with consistent performances. However, they have tended to struggle on tracks that are not as slow as the one at Chepauk, which could prove to be a dampener at Edens, where the track has eased out, and scores above 180 are easily chased down. As far as the playing 11 goes, KKR might opt for at least two changes, with Lockie Ferguson being replaced by Matt Kelly – injured Nortje’s replacement – and Narine to come in for Denly, if fit. The camp wight also mull over replacing Prasidh Krishna with Yarra. CSK might remain unchanged.

KKR Predicted 11 

Denly/Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Matt Kelly/Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/ Yarra Prithviraj, Braithwaite

CSK Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

MS Dhoni averages close to 66 against KKR, and with Karthik’s batting position uncertain, the former India skipper is a safer bet as the keeper. He is also in good form, scoring two fifties in this tournament thus far, and could have a massive role to play.

I have as many as five batters in my team, as the track will help the batsmen, and one of them can be expected to get a big score. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are the two key overseas players in the side, who have been performing well, while KKR have relied on their three Indian batters at the top. Uthappa and Rana have been getting starts and would want to carry on and get a big one here, while Gill opened the innings against Delhi and showed his mettle with a fine fifty. The management might send him up the order yet again in the absence of Lynn, and he would want to perform well against a good attack.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs DC

Sunil Narine – if fit – and Russell takes up the all-rounder’s slot. Narine has been a revelation at the top of the order, and the Eden track will assist his stroke-making as well. He had slipped after remodeling his bowling action but picked up a couple of wickets against CSK, and he can be counted upon in the powerplay and the middle overs.

Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for CSK, while Chahar has been the X-factor upfront. Piyush Chawla rounds up my Dream11 team, though Kuldeep Yadav can be a good pick instead of him as well.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Narine