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.

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

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.

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.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

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.

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

KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a convincing win by 7 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday, April 12. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Both the teams have changed their playing XI; while Keemo Paul came in place of Lamichhane in Delhi, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite replaced Narine, Gurney, and Lynn in Kolkata’s playing XI.

Asked to bat, Kolkata was hoping for a flying start but debutant Joe Denly went for a golden duck. Both Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa tried their best score freely and managed to put up 41 within the powerplay. However, Rishabh Pant’s brilliance sent Uthappa in the dugout. Gill scored his second IPL fifty off 34 balls but other failed to capitalize apart from Russell; who scored 45 off 21 before his dismissal. Kolkata ended up scoring 178 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started brilliantly. However, that didn’t stay long as Prithvi Shaw fell for 14 while in-form Shreyas Iyer also got out for 6 within the powerplay, putting up 57 runs. Later a 105-run partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant helped them to win the game comfortably.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

A slow start of Kolkata

With Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn’s absence, Kolkata Knight Riders opened their inning with a new opening pair. In-form Shubman Gill opened the game alongside new player Joe Denly. However, Denly went for a duck off the very first ball by Ishant Sharma. His pitched up delivery got an inside edge and uprooted the stump. 

Then, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill tried to steady the ship. Their rather defensive play cost Kolkata to put up more runs on board on the green surface. Uthappa took 30 balls to score 28. They both added 63 runs before Uthappa’s dismissal. Moreover, the situation didn’t change at all as they managed to score 122 after 15 overs until Andre Russell took the charge on his hand. His quickfire 21-ball 45, including three boundaries and four sixes, powered Kolkata to 178.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for MI vs RR

Russell was dismissed off the second delivery of the 19th over and Kolkata managed to score only 17 runs in the end which proved vital as well. Had he not dismissed at that time, Kolkata might have scored nearly 190 after 20 overs.

Failed to take wickets

Kolkata was defending 179 runs which were a decent competitive total. Chasing the target, Delhi lost their inform-opener Prithvi Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer within the powerplay. But Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant built a steady partnership which Kolkata failed to break before 17.1 overs. No bowlers were able to restrict them. If they would able to dismiss them, the result could have been different.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s 105-run partnership

Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan was not in a good form in the last couple of games. However, he started pretty well in yesterday’s match along with the other opener Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw couldn’t perform well as he fell for 14 and later their captain Shreyas Iyer also followed him.

Then, the pressure fell upon Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. They tried to resurrect the innings but didn’t let the run rate slow down. Dhawan scored his 34th half-century off 32 balls. When they got set, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past them. They both added 105 runs in their chase before Pant got dismissed for 46 off 31, including 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.

However, Dhawan kept on smashing and remained unbeaten at 97 off 63 balls which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. His heroics took Delhi Capitals over the line with 7 balls to spare.

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC- Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC- Key Player Battles to watch out for

The 26th fixture of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with the Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

The match that starts at 8 pm will have the temperature on the moderate side with high humidity and a chance of a thunderstorm as it is prevalent in Bengal during this part of the year but that should be over long before the time the game starts.

Last time when the two teams met in this IPL season, a tie had led the match to be decided by a Super Over. It was the 10th fixture of IPL 2019 and the venue was the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Even though the Kolkata Knight Riders were able to post a total of 185 with the help of Andre Russell’s quickfire 28-ball 62, the Delhi Capitals had reciprocated equally with Prithvi Shaw scoring a brilliant 99.

In the Super Over, the Delhi franchise was only able to score 10 runs and with Russell in KKR’s arsenal, everyone had believed that Delhi- the home team- will lose the contest. However, the 23-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada stepped up for Delhi and successfully defended those 10 runs by dismissing Andre Russell via his nailing signature yorkers.

All in all, the Eden Gardens pitch is known to be a paradise for the batsmen, so big runs are expected but again let’s be prepared to witness a few sparkling face-offs that are going to be the highlight of the game. Here are the player battles that one cannot miss from tonight’s game:

Chris Lynn vs Sandeep Lamichhane

As we know that today’s game might see big totals again just like the previous clash between the two franchises. Moreover, it’s Eden Gardens- the venue where it’s basically a graveyard for the bowlers. In such cases, it would be absolutely necessary for both teams to break the opening partnership as early as possible. For KKR’s start opener Chris Lynn’s weakness against spin has been exposed over time, the Delhi Capitals could use their 18-year-old legspinner from Nepal to do the job. So far in this IPL season, Lamichhane has bagged 5 wickets in four matches.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Rishabh Pant vs Kuldeep Yadav

Unlike the above duo, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is actually a good player of spin. However, this season the young prodigy hasn’t been able to impress the fans so much with his performance in IPL 2019. His unbeaten 78* in Delhi’s tournament opener was instrumental in defeating the Mumbai Indians. Delhi fans are obviously hoping for more from their star batsman. In this scenario, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik would want to stop him with the help of their star chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who was able to outsmart Pant in the earlier game against Kolkata. 

Andre Rusell vs Kagiso Rabada

Last but not the least, in fact, the best clash in store for tonight’s game is the face-off between the best KKR batsman during the latter overs and the best Delhi Capitals death bowler. The Barbadian power-hitter sports the scores of 48*, 62, 48, 49*, 50* in the IPL season so far. He is in tremendous form and his form and spirit seem almost unstoppable. Last time the two met, Rabada was able to bamboozle Russell with his brilliant yorkers and hence dismissed him in the Super Over while taking Delhi to victory. This player battle is something to watch out for in today’s fixture.

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

Match Details
April 12, 8.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


KKR have managed to win six games in the IPL 2019 but go into this match against Delhi on the back of a humiliating defeat against CSK. The Dinesh Karthik-led side were traveling for their last three encounters and will enjoy returning and playing at Eden Gardens. The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are going into this game after a win that came against Royal Challengers Bangalore, and they will be high on confidence as well.

However, both sides have a number of issues to iron out. Delhi’s middle order and bowling look inconsistent, while KKR have been let down by their openers and their spinners, who have looked drastically below par. However, they might not the much support at the Eden deck, as the track for the last few seasons have been good for batting, with slower bowlers got getting much help. As far as the team line-ups are concerned, Delhi might go into this match unchanged, while KKR might ponder replacing Chris Lynn.

KKR Predicted 11 

Chris Lynn/Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

DC Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

Rishabh Pant bats higher up the order, so he is a better Fantasy Pick that Dinesh Karthik, whose spot in the batting order is not fixed. On occasions, he comes after the fall of Rana’s wicket, while he often sends Shubman Gill before himself, and hence, it is a safer bet to go with the Delhi keeper. He bats in the top 4, and even though his form has waned off a bit, the Eden track should assist him.

Uthappa and Rana are the two batters from KKR in my side. Both have given the side crucial partnerships this season after the loss of the openers, and with Uthappa in particular accustomed to the conditions at Kolkata, he could hold the key once again. Rana is in top form as well, having started off the IPL with two fifties, and he would be eager to continue his form. Shreyas Iyer has got some runs under his belt, and once again will look to continue his form, especially with the KKR spinners not in top gear. Prithvi Shaw has been chosen over Dhawan, as he is cheaper, and has been getting runs more consistently when compared to the left-hander.

Also Read: Reasons why KKR may win this season

Andre Russell’s selection in the team does not need a discussion, while Sunil Narine too is capable of earning points with both bat and ball. Though he has not been at his best with the cherry, he has scored some crucial cameos, which makes him a good fantasy pick. Chris Morris has six wickets from four games and will want the back of the KKR openers soon.

Piyush Chawla is accustomed to bowling at Eden Gardens, while Gurney was seen bowling above 150kmph at the nets, which makes him a real threat, especially in the powerplay overs. If he and Rabada – yet another express pace bowler – can get their yorkers in the right position, they will be the players to watch out for.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Uthappa

RCB vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twentieth encounter

RCB vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twentieth encounter

Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered yet another defeat as Delhi Capitals won the game by 4 wickets at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.  

Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Bangalore expected a strong start from the openers, Parthiv Patel and captain Virat Kohli. But they lost Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers within the powerplay. Apart from Kohli and Moeen Ali, others failed to impress. Kagiso Rabada’s 4-wicket haul restricted them within 149 on board.

Chasing 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. However, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer steadied the innings. Later, a quickfire 18 from Rishabh Pant guided Delhi to a comfortable win with 7balls to spare.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

RCB’s rather slow batting approach

Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost their opener Parthiv Patel for 9 and in-form AB de Villiers for 17, within the powerplay at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. After losing both the wickets in quick successions, captain Virat Kohli started playing in a defensive manner in the middle overs.

Both Kohli and Marcus Stoinis’ innings helped them to score 63/2 in 10 overs. Later, Moeen Ali started playing aggressively. He hit three sixes and a boundary in his 18-ball 32 knocks. Then, Kohli took on Lamichhane for two maximums before his dismissal. However, economical bowling in the death overs restricted them within 149/8 in 20 overs.

Kagiso Rabada’s terrific spell

Kagiso Rabada is one of the best death bowlers in recent times. Earlier, his brilliant super over helped Delhi to win the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His brilliant spell once again dismantled Bangalore’s batting line up.

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Rabada dismissed AB de Villiers in the last ball of the power play for 17. He then came back in the 18th over when Bangalore were 133/4 with Kohli and Akshdeep Nath in the middle. He dismissed RCB captain Virat Kohli on the first ball for 41 off 33. Then he dismissed Akshdeep Nath for 19. Later, he also cleaned up Pawan Negi for a duck off the last ball of the over which reduced Bangalore at 138/7 after 18 overs. Rabada ended his spell with the figures of 4-0-21-4.

Poor fielding of Bangalore

Chasing a total of 150, Delhi lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. Shreyas Iyer was also about to get out in the same over. But Parthiv Patel dropped the catch behind the stumps.

In the 11th over, Iyer once again got saved. Parthiv dropped the chance again when Iyer went for a sweep off Negi. Iyer made Bangalore pay for these as he scored a brilliant half-century off 50 balls which included 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Apart from these two chances, they had many misfields, some of them near the boundaries which gave away several runs and that cost them the defeat.