MI vs RR
April 13, 4.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
MI have got their IPL 2019 campaign back on track after losing their first few games and currently stand with 8 points from 6 matches. They have beaten teams like CSK and Punjab at home and will be high on a form when they take on Rajasthan Royals, who look completely out of form. The RR side have not yet found their best combination, with the batters except Sanju Samson and Buttler and to an extent, Steven Smith all looking iffy, with their bowling attack being their biggest letdown. On a track where the batters will have a lot of assistance, the RR bowling risks going for aplenty again.
As far as the playing 11 goes, MI are likely to field the same team, unless Rohit Sharma is back into the fray. Reports suggest that Lasith Malinga might be available too. Rajasthan, on the other hand, might try out a few changes.
MI Predicted 11
Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Behrendorff, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Siddhesh Lad/Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Alzarri Joseph, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar
RR Predicted 11
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Rahul Tripathi/Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes/Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Jos Buttler costs a few extra credits than Quinton de Kock, but I have enough funds left to afford him. The Englishman has been one of the few positives for RR this season, with 199 runs at a strike-rate close to 137.50, and he would be eager to get a few more runs before he flies back to England in ten days.
I have as many as 5 batters in my side, as the track will be suitable for shot-making. Steven Smith might not have had the best tournaments unlike David Warner, but he has shown grit and will want to get a move on. Sanju Samson has been the most consistent player for RR, even scoring a hundred this season. For MI, Suryakumar Yadav has got close to 150 runs, and he can be a real threat at the top in the absence of Rohit Sharma, while Keiron Pollard showed signs of his old spark with a match-winning fifty against Punjab. Ishan Kishan can be the player who turns it around for MI in the middle-overs.
Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KXIP vs RCB
I have ignored Ben Stokes here, as he is not one of the best Fantasy Picks, just like Bumrah. The RR all-rounder comes way too down in the batting order and has not picked up many wickets. He has been expensive as well and has not yet fired as per expectations. The two Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – are must-haves. Bumrah too is not the best point-earner in Dream11. He might bowl economically but has only picked 6 wickets – which does not see too many points in his kitty.
In his place, the bowlers are Gopal – who has been the best RR bowler this tournament, Behrendorff, who started his IPL career with a bang, and Rahul Chahar.
Captain and Vice-captain: Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav