DC vs SRH: 3 takeaways from the sixteenth encounter

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered another win over Delhi Capitals (DC) on Thursday on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. 

Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. Delhi got off to a slow start as they lost their opener Prithvi Shaw for 11. Hyderabad bowlers showcased a brilliant performance. However, Shreyas Iyer tried his best and scored a fighting 43 and Delhi put up 129/8 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Hyderabad got off to a great start. They put up 62 runs in the powerplay. They too had a batting collapse but they managed to survive and chased down the target with 9 balls to spare.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Delhi’s batting crumbled

Put into bat, Delhi lost their opener Prithvi Shaw very cheaply for 11 when Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s off-cutter bowled him in the third over. Shikhar Dhawan too dismissed for 12. Rishabh Pant also couldn’t contribute much and fell for 5 and they were struggling at 75/5 in 13.3 overs.

However, Shreyas Iyer held the innings from one end and scored a 41-ball 43. Apart from his score, Axar Patel’s 23 off 13 powered them to 129; which was certainly not a safe score to win. Once again their batting crumbled and failed to capitalize which cost them another defeat.

Steady start from Hyderabad

Chasing 130, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. Opener Jonny Bairstow who has been in a formidable form took on the Delhi bowlers and scored a quickfire 48 runs in just 28 balls; which included nine fours and one six. His fierce batting took Hyderabad to 62 runs in the power play without losing any wicket and that made the winning foundation for the team.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

However, the other opener David Warner couldn’t perform well and fell for mere 10. Later, Hyderabad’s middle order too faced hiccups but the blitzy 48 by Bairstow helped them to chase the total with ease with 9 balls to spare.

Mohammad Nabi made the difference

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi has already showcased his talent in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he picked up 4 wickets by giving away 11 runs and restricted his opponent within a below per.

On the back of his last game, he got to play the second game against Delhi where he again proved his worth. At first, he bagged two important wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. Both the batsmen can turn the table single-handedly. Nabi picked them up which didn’t allow Delhi batters to contribute much.

On the other hand, while chasing, Hyderabad also lost a couple of wickets on a quick interval. Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan failed big time and they were in need of a finisher. However, Mohammed Nabi became that finisher for his side. With 10 runs required off 12 balls, Nabi hit Rabada for a four over the covers and then a maximum off consecutive balls to get past the line with 9 balls to spare and claimed a comfortable victory by five wickets.

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, RCB vs KKR: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, RCB vs KKR: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 05, 8.00PM IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


KKR have notched up two wins from three games, with the loss coming in a Super Over against Delhi Capitals, while RCB are in a miserable state, having failed to get their first points on the board this season. The track at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has generally assisted the big-hitters, and with both teams having plenty of big names, a run feast can be expected.

However, on tracks that are generally batsman-friendly, having a good bowling attack is what helps, as they help in stalling the run-flow, whilst putting their experience to use to get wickets. This is where KKR will trump. They have three experienced spinners, with Lockie Ferguson providing experience in the pace department. Though RCB have Chahal in their ranks, the Indian pacers have the tendency of leaking away runs, which could be the difference in the end.

RCB have still not figured out their best combination – players like Tim Southee and Nathan Coulter-Nile are warming the benches – and one can expect either one to take the field. KKR might just opt for one change, bringing in Narine in place of Nikhil Naik.

RCB Playing 11 (expected)

Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

KKR Playing 11 (expected)

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

Fantasy Team

I have picked Parthiv Patel as he not only bats higher up the order, which increases his chances of getting a big score, but also because he comes cheaper. I wanted both Kohli and AB de Villiers in my side, and picking Patel over Karthik ensures that.

Kohli and ABD have been the go-to players for RCB over the last few seasons. With their team down in the dumps, they will be eager to pitch in with a performance that can change RCB’s fortunes around. Uthappa knows the conditions at Chinnaswamy well, having played his cricket here for his whole life. He has been the anchor for KKR with the openers failing, and one can expect him to fire.

Make Your Dream11 team here

Shubman Gill is the fourth batsman in the side. Though he bats lower down in the order, he can steady the innings if there is a flurry of wickets or he can play important cameos too, as he did against SRH. If he gets to bat, an important knock can be expected.

Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell are the two must-have players. The Australian will likely be pushed to open, which further increases his point-scoring potential. Bith him and Russell have been silent performers with the ball too and can hope to end with a few wickets.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR will this season

Piyush Chawla has picked up 19 wickets against RCB, 15 of which have come at this ground. Hence, he is familiar with the conditions, just like Chahal is. The wrist-spinner has been playing for RCB for the last six years, and he will be well aware of how the track will play out over the course of the match. Nathan Coulter-Nile, if he plays and Lockie Ferguson will be my pace options.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli

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.

MI vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the fifteenth encounter

MI vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the fifteenth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) faced their first defeat in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they lost to Mumbai Indians by 37 runs. 

Chennai won the toss and elected to bowl first. Dhoni’s decision became fruitful when the in-form opener Quinton de Kock was dismissed for mere 8. Some brilliant spells from the bowlers didn’t allow Mumbai to score freely at first as they put up 100 in the 16th over. But Pandya brothers’ quickfire cameos powered them to 170 after 20 overs.

While chasing, Chennai lost both their openers very cheaply. Apart from Kedar Jadhav’s 58, there were no other notable performances by the side as they failed to make a partnership and eventually managed to score 133 in their allotted overs.

Here are the three talking points from the encounter:

Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance

Put into bat, Mumbai lost their openers Quinton de Kock very early. Captain Rohit Sharma played a slow knock where Suryakumar Yadav played a quick 43-ball 59 but some economical spells restricted Mumbai batsmen to score quick runs. They have managed to put up 119/4 after 17 overs.

Hardik Pandya came into bat when his brother Krunal Pandya got dismissed for 42 off 32 and he was Mumbai’s last hope to overcome the situation. Hardik started the penultimate over with a huge six and later Pollard did the same and they managed 16 runs in the over. 

Also Read: Fantasy guide for DC vs SRH

However, the final over changed the game in a different direction. Pollard hit the third delivery for a maximum over deep mid-wicket which was a no-ball. Later, Hardik smashed a maximum in the same direction. Then a boundary through cover and another maximum in the final ball over deep backward point helped them to put up a decent competitive total of 170/5.

With the ball, Hardik started in a great way as he conceded mere 6 runs in his 2 overs. He came into bowl in the 15th over and picked up MS Dhoni in the first delivery for 12. He struck twice two balls later and picked up Ravindra Jadeja for 1. He ended up picking Bumrah in the final over while conceding 20 runs in his 4-over spell. His all-round performance helped Mumbai to register another win.

Chennai failed to restrict Mumbai in the death overs

For the first 15 overs of Mumbai’s batting, they were not in a position to reach 150-mark as they were struggling at 93/3. But the lack of proper death bowlers cost Chennai as they gave away 77 runs in their death overs.

Inexperienced Shardul Thakur gave away 29 runs in his last over while Mohit Sharma’s third over went for 16 runs as well. 

Dwayne Bravo bowled well until the final over as he conceded 20 runs in his three overs. He came into bowl in the final over where Hardik Pandya showcased his batting skills. He smashed two sixes and a boundary while Pollard hit another maximum and 29 runs came off the last over.

Mumbai scored 88 runs in their final 6 overs and put up the decent total.

Chennai’s batting crumbled

Chasing 171, Chennai were needed a strong start but the openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu failed to capitalize as Rayudu fell for a duck and Watson went after a soft dismissal by Malinga, giving a catch to Pollard at cover-point.

However, Suresh Raina was trying his best to play well and hit some boundaries but that couldn’t stay long and he dismissed in the 5th over for 16; where Pollard took a stunning catch at sweeper cover. Chennai started struggling at 33/3 within 5 overs.

Captain MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav tried to steady the ship and added 54 runs. Dhoni played a rather slow inning of 12 off 21 and created more pressure on Jadhav. Later, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya’s brilliance dismantled Chennai’s batting and they managed to put up 133 runs on board and Mumbai won by 37 runs.

IPL 2019, DC vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 04, 8.00PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla – New Delhi, India 


SRH are the in-form team, having won their last two games convincingly. They have been led by their opening batters Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who have been responsible for handing the side aggressive starts at the top. Delhi, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold, and have often found ways of losing the plot after being in a winning position. Though their top-order packs a punch, their lower middle order is inexperienced and can crumble under pressure, as was witnessed in their last two outings.

The track at Kotla generally assists the spinners, which should mean that Rashid Khan can have a field day. Sandeep Lamichhane from DC will lead the bowling attack and Amit Mishra is expected to return to the 11 in place of Avesh Khan.

For SRH, Kane Williamson is a doubtful starter after he aggravated his injury. If he does not play the 16th game of the IPL 2019, the SRH side is likely to go unchanged.

DC Playing 11 (expected)

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane

SRH Playing 11 (expected)

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Fantasy Team

I have picked Bairstow as he opens the batting and has a strong all-round game against the spinners. Pant comes down the order, and might not get enough chances to get a big knock if the top-order settles down.

Make Your Dream11 team here

Iyer has a good record against Rashid Khan, and the battle between them will be crucial in the outcome of the game. Shikhar Dhawan played for SRH last year, and he must have learned a trick or two to play Rashid Khan. David Warner has led the charge for the side this season and has returned hungrier since his ban, and he would be eager to carry forward his form. Ingram can be the X-factor in the side and can take charge if there is a flurry of early wickets.

Also Read: Reasons why DC will win this season

The three all-rounders Nabi, Morris and Vijay Shankar are must-haves. While Shankar has done well since his rise in form with Team India, Morris is experienced and has led Delhi to many wins with either bat or ball. Nabi returned to play last game, replacing Williamson and picked up 4 wickets to show his worth.

The bowling department is led by Rashid Khan, who might not have had the best of tournaments thus far, but is more than capable of turning the game with one spell. Sandeep Sharma has been economical, while Lamichhane will lead DC’s bowling charge with the track expected to help the tweakers.

Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Dhawan

RR vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the fourteenth encounter

RR vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the fourteenth encounter

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have finally opened their account with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday in Jaipur. 

Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field first. A brilliant spell from Shreyas Gopal dismantled Bangalore’s batting line up and restricted them within 158/4 in 20 overs; where Parthiv Patel scored a 41-ball 67.

Chasing the total, Rajasthan also faced some hiccups but a half-century from Jos Buttler and a late cameo from Rahul Tripathi and Steven Smith guided them to a comfortable win in the final over.

Here are the three talking points from the encounter:

Shreyas Gopal’s fiery spell

The Karnataka leg spinner Shreyas Gopal’s spell was the highlight of yesterday’s game. He came into bowl in the 7th over. His third delivery sent Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in the dugout. His next over saw AB de Villiers’ dismissal for 13.

He again came into bowl in the 11th over and his first delivery was seen the dismissal of Shimron Hetmyer; was caught by Jos Buttler behind the stumps in the 11th over. He ended up his spell with a brilliant figure of 4-1-12-3. His fiery spell didn’t let Bangalore’s batting settle down in the middle and they managed to put up 158 on board.

Over-dependence on Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajasthan started their chase in a strong way. Both Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler started hitting big shots from the beginning. They added 55 runs in the powerplay without any loss of wicket.

When the other bowlers couldn’t restrict the Rajasthan openers, Kohli handed over the ball to Yuzvendra Chahal. He picked up Rahane in his very first over and give his side their first breakthrough while conceding mere 2 runs.

Also Read: 4 most important players for RR this season

He came back in the 13th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Joss Buttler who was playing at 59 then. In the 16th over which was eventually Chahal’s final over, he once again created another chance of dismissing Steve Smith but Umesh Yadav missed to grab the catch. He ended his spell with 4-0-17-2.

Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the other bowlers were able to pose a hurdle in front of the Rajasthan Batsmen and their victory was evident.

Poor fielding by RCB

Bangalore managed to put up 158 on board after 20 overs; which was not a great score but a competitive one. But their bowlers failed to restrict Rajasthan from winning. Along with the bowling, a dismal fielding also caused their defeat.

They dropped 4 catches which could have turned the table in the game. The first one was the dismissal of Rahane which came very early when Rahane had edged the ball by Navdeep Saini and was dropped behind the stumps by the captain Virat Kohli. This early life helped Rahane to score more runs before his dismissal for 22.

Steve Smith got two lives in the 16th and 19th over respectively. Smith was playing on 23 off 21 balls in the 16th over when he hit Chahal over extra cover. The ball safely landed in Umesh Yadav’s palm at deep cover but he failed to hold that which gave Smith a chance to survive.

In the 19th over, Smith was dropped down again. This time it was the substitute fielder, Pawan Negi at mid-wicket who dropped Smith. After one ball, Rahul Tripathi was dropped by Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket. Both Smith and Tripathi anchored the chase till the end and Tripathi smashed a maximum to seal the chase.

If RCB grab those dismissal chances, they might have won the game. Since they failed to do it, they need to settle their squad as soon as possible to win the games.

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.

Former India Women’s coach Tushar Arothe arrested in IPL betting scam

Former India Women's coach Tushar Arothe arrested in IPL betting scam

Former India women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe was arrested in IPL betting scam by the detection of crime branch (DCB) unit late on Monday night. 

Tushar Arothe, who was the coach of India Women’s Cricket team in their journey towards final of 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, has been arrested by crime branch due to his connection in IPL betting which was eventually going on at his cafe in Alkapuri.

Police arrested 19 persons, including Arothe’s other business partners- Hemang Patel and Nishchal Mitha in the cafe. However, the Crime branch expressed that Hemang Patel was betting during the game between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab on Monday.

“We had received a tip-off about the betting activities at the Cafe Stock Exchange in Alkapuri where a big screen was placed to relay IPL matches. We kept a watch there and conducted a raid on Monday night. Some persons sitting in a shed next to the cafe were involved in online betting on the IPL match,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, DCP (crime).

“We checked their mobile phones and found that 19 persons, including Hemang, were placing bets on three different mobile applications. Hemang, who is one of the partners in the cafe, had betting app in his mobile and he was accepting and placing bets on the IPL match. Arothe too was present at the spot,” Jadeja told TOI.

Police seized all the phones on an immediate effect. On checking those, they found betting apps in every mobile phone of all the persons; which included college students as well.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for MI vs CSK

Rishi Arothe, the son of Tushar Arothe is also a partner of the cafe but he was not there 

Jadeja said that Arothe’s son, Rishi is also one of the partners in the cafe but he wasn’t there at the spot when police conducted the raid. Rishi Arothe is also a cricketer who plays for Baroda and has played in Ranji.

“Our investigations revealed that Hemang is in the business of betting on cricket games. He used to accept and place bets worth lakhs and he was in touch with a man named Baba. We are now trying to track down Baba,” Jadeja said.

However, the accused were released on bail later but their mobile phones and vehicles have been seized by the cops. Meanwhile, police shared that they didn’t find any betting apps in Tushar Arothe’s mobile phone.

“I had reached at the cafe just 20 minutes before the cops came in. I am not at all involved in any kind of betting. The police checked my mobile phone and didn’t find any betting app in it,” Tushar Arothe told TOI.

“I don’t know why I was arrested. If some customers come in my cafe and bet on mobile apps, how would I know that? As far as Hemang is concerned, he is a partner in the cafe but he always sat with his friends. I have no idea that he was placing bets. I have not committed any illegal activity and I will fight it out for my honour,” Arothe further added.

The 52-year-old former coach Tushar Arothe has a great coaching career. He was the coach of the Indian women’s team from April 2017 to June 2018; where India reached the ICC World Cup final in 2017, the final of the Asia Cup in 2018 and they won the South Africa series as well last year. But he has stepped down from the job last year in August.

Earlier this job, Arothe was the coach in the Ranji Trophy of the Baroda team. Arothe has played 114 first-class games, and 51 List A fixtures.

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

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

Match Details
April 03, 8.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – India 


Mumbai Indians will want to end Chennai’s winning streak when they face off on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium. The former have won only one game in three outings, while the MS Dhoni-led side are undefeated, and seem to be carrying forward their form from last season.

However, the visitors have a poor record against MI in the last few seasons. The last five outing have ended in defeat from the Chennai franchise, while they have lost five of their last eight games at the Wankhede Stadium against Mumbai Indians. As far as the deck goes, Mumbai has traditionally been a small ground with the surface playing true throughout the 40 overs. With Chennai used to playing on slower surfaces, and with their spinners tasting success on tracks where run-scoring is not that easy, playing and defending on Wankhede might be a tough ask.

As far as the playing 11 is concerned, Mumbai could swap Pollard as his dismal runs seems to continue, while Jason Behrendorff is back after international commitments and should get a look-in. CSK are likely to go unchanged.

MI Playing 11 (expected)

Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard/Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga/Jason Behrendorff

CSK Playing 11 (expected)

Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Fantasy Team

For the keeper’s slot, I have gone ahead with MS Dhoni over Quinton de Kock, as the South Africa might struggle against the slower bowlers that CSK will dish out. Also, Dhoni has a good record against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede, and hence he inches ahead of de Kock.

Suresh Raina too averages close to 45 at the Wankhede Stadium. He and Rohit Sharma will be the two mainstays for the respective teams in the upcoming clash, and with both coming up the order, chances of them getting a big knock are high. Yuvraj Singh has fared well against left-arm spinners, and with Ravindra Jadeja in the opposition team, he will be fancying his chances. Suryakumar has not had a good IPL thus far but will be eager to find his rhythm.

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The two Hardik brothers are a must-have in any team, with them performing either with bat or ball in a game. Alongside is Dwayne Bravo, who bowled a good last over against Rajasthan Royals, and will be the key-bowler on a deck when the batters will be looking to go after the bowling.

Imran Tahir is a world-class bowler who can bowl on any condition, while Bumrah’s selection is a no-brainer. Deepak Chahar, who has bowled close to 35 dot-balls in 3 matches rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Krunal Pandya, Rohit Sharma