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

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

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

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

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

Here are the three talking points:

Jofra Archer’s fiery spell

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

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

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

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

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

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

An all-round performance by Ravichandran Ashwin

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

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

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

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

Stuart Binny’s quickfire 11-ball 33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jos Buttler vs  Ravichandran Ashwin

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

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

KL Rahul vs Shreyas Gopal

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

Chris Gayle vs Jofra Archer

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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

IPL 2019, KXIP vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KXIP vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 13, 8.00PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali


All eyes will be on Royal Challengers Bangalore as they take the field after a five-day gap. They have not yet registered their first win and will want to grab their first points in their seventh attempt. However, they will have a tough task against a strong Punjab unit at home, who have eight points after 7 games.

The track at Mohali has always assisted the big-hitters, with big scores on offer. The responsibility will be on the duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to help RCB to a big total, while Punjab will be led by Gayle and KL Rahul. Both teams, however, have a few areas of concern – their bowling attack is not the strongest and is prone to leaking runs, while their lower middle order looks feeble as well. As far as the RCB line-up is concerned, they might ponder a few changes. They have roped in Dale Steyn for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, but whether the South African has flown to India is not yet confirmed. The Punjab unit might field Moises Henriques.

KXIP Predicted 11

Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen/Moises Henriques, Sam Curran

RCB Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

KL Rahul struggled in the initial part of IPL 2019 but is slowly finding his rhythm. He has amassed 317 runs at an average close to 80 and is one of the key players in the Punjab side. Mayank Agarwal has been the surprise performer this year. The player was stereotyped as a Test batsman but has risen to the occasion with a flurry of unorthodox shots to lead the way. David Miller comes lower down in the order and can turn the game around in a few deliveries. The duo of ABD and Kohli deserve a look-in, as the RCB side will rely on their heroics, and when the team is struggling, they have often led the way.

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The all-rounder’s section sees Moeen Ali, who has played some quickfire knocks in this edition, along with Marcus Stoinis, who has turned the game around for his Big Bash and national teams on many occasions. Along with him, I have gone for Washington Sundar, who might get a chance. The youngster is a wily spinner, and has potential with the ball too, and could be the X-factor.

The bowling attack sees Chahal, who is a must-have, and Shami, who too has surprised with his performances. He has the second highest dot-ball percentage for Punjab this season, and he has taken 9 wickets alongside it. Navdeep Saini rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers

MI vs KXIP: 3 takeaways from the twenty-fourth encounter

MI vs KXIP: 3 takeaways from the twenty-fourth encounter

Kieron Pollard’s blistering 83 off 31 guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to register a nail-biting final ball win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Wednesday, April 10 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to field first. Asked to bat, Kings XI Punjab got off to a flying start with their in-form openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both the openers added 116 runs in 12.5 overs before Gayle’s dismissal. However, a blitzy century of KL Rahul powered Punjab to 197 on board.

Chasing 198, Mumbai lost their first wicket for 28. But a stable as well as quickfire 83-ball 31 knock from stand-in captain Kieron Pollard gave Mumbai their another victory in the final ball of the match.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

The opening partnership between KL Rahul and Chris Gayle

Put into bat, Punjab started in a great way. Though Mumbai restricted them in the first four overs as Punjab managed to put up 20 runs. But they were unable to stop both the in-form openers from then onwards. Chris Gayle took on Behrendorff for three sixes and a boundary in the fifth over and managed to put up 50 runs within the powerplay.

After that, both the batsmen started punishing every bowler. KL Rahul hit Alzarri Joseph for a maximum and a boundary back to back in the seventh over while Gayle hit Hardik Pandya a six and two back to back boundaries. They didn’t leave a single bowler to punish and added 116 runs in 12.5 overs prior to Chris Gayle’s dismissal for 63 off 36, including three boundaries and seven sixes.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for RR vs CSK

Later, KL Rahul scored a blistering 64-ball 100 and remained unbeaten. He became the third Indian player to score a century in both IPL and T20s after Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina.

Rather slow middle-order

After getting a stormy start of the innings and scored more than 100 runs in the first 11 overs, Punjab were hoping for a huge total for their opponent Mumbai Indians to chase. But Chris Gayle’s dismissal showed the batting dismal with in-form Mayank Agarwal’s absence.

Apart from Rahul who reached the triple figure and Gayle who reached the double-figure, no other batsmen were able to score a double-digit. They scored only 30 runs in the middle overs from 12-17 and lost three wickets in the likes of Chris Gayle, in-form David Miller and Karun Nair. This sudden collapse in the batting line up didn’t allow them to cross 2000-run mark in the 20 overs. 

turned out as a moment in which Punjab will avoid repeating in the future. This was the reason why KXIP failed to cross the 200-run mark. If they could do it, they might have won the game.

Kieron Pollard’s match-winning knock

Kieron Pollard is one of the trump cards of Mumbai Indians squad. He has the ability to turn the table single-handedly. Once again, he showcased his talent and won the game for Mumbai.

After getting a good start and KL Rahul’s century led Punjab to 197. Chasing their highest ever IPL score at home, Mumbai lost Siddhesh Lad within the powerplay. With the regular captain, Rohit Sharma’s absence, Mumbai’s batting line up was a bit weak than the other games.

However, Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal in the 8th over brought Kieron Pollard on the field. He then steadied the ship with Ishan Kishan and added 30-run where Ishan made only 7. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya both failed to capitalize with the bat and at one point he was running out of the partners from the non-strikers’ end.

Pollard took on every bowler for boundaries and maximums at regular intervals. He smashed a stormy 83 off 31 deliveries which included three fours and ten huge sixes. His heroics saved Mumbai from the loss and they registered their fourth wins out of six games by 3 wickets.

IPL 2019, MI vs KXIP: Key Player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Key Player battles to watch out for

Wednesday’s match between the Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab shall be the 24th of this IPL, and the second meeting between the two sides this season. 

Last time out, Punjab edged out Mumbai in a great contest that saw splendid batting at the top of the order from Quinton de Kock of Mumbai and KL Rahul of Punjab. However, Punjab held their nerve at the end with some death-over hitting from Man of the Match Mayank Agarwal to establish an 8-wicket win with 8 balls to spare.

Since that game, Mumbai have had a resurgence defeating perennial favorites Chennai Super Kings and high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad. With 3 victories in their 5 games, Mumbai come into the match at 5th place but riding high on momentum. What has stood out for Mumbai recently is their bowling, first restricting Chennai to a bare 133 while defending 170, and then following it up by bundling out Hyderabad for a paltry 96. The starting XI has been bolstered by the inclusion of Jason Behrendorff and particularly Alzarri Joseph, who took a 6-wicket haul against the Sunrisers on debut. The two, along with Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers, will form a potent bowling attack. Mumbai’s batting has not been tested recently, and they would hope that the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma stand up and be counted against a tricky team in Punjab.

Punjab meanwhile, sit on 3rd place at the table, having 4 wins in their kitty out of 6. They also come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting victory against the Sunrisers. KL Rahul has been in fine nick for the Punjab outfit this season, backed up by young Indian batsmen like Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan. With the firepower of the likes of Chris Gayle and David Miller also in store, the battle between the Punjab batsmen and Mumbai bowlers will be fun to watch. Kings XI bowlers have also been doing well, with skipper Ravi Ashwin easing into his role both as captain as well as the main wicket-taker for the men in red and gray.

Here are a few key player battles that we think shall have a decisive impact on the game:

KL Rahul vs Alzarri Joseph

KL Rahul has been in outstanding form this season and is coming into the game with back-to-back fifties. He is Punjab’s leading run-scorer with 217 runs at an average of over 54. The last time these two teams met, Rahul was instrumental in the run-chase, scoring a classy 57-ball-71, remaining unbeaten to guide his team home. He provided the perfect foil for Mayank Agarwal’s more destructive batting, and will again prove to be a huge obstacle for Mumbai to remove. However, he shall be up against Alzarri Joseph, who just had his dream debut in IPL against the Sunrisers with figures for 6/12, the best bowling figures in IPL history. Replicating that will be nigh impossible, but Mumbai shall bank on the Antiguan to dismiss the dangerous Rahul. This is the most mouthwatering key player battle considering the form of both the players.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Quinton de Kock vs Mohammed Shami

Just like his Kings XI counterpart Rahul, Quinton de Kock had a huge impact for Mumbai the last time these two sides met. De Kock’s opening bout of 60 set the stage for Mumbai to build on, and if he stayed on longer at the crease, Mumbai would definitely have had a much stronger case in the match. De Kock also has an impressive record against Kings XI, scoring 216 runs in 5 games at an average of 54 and a strike rate of almost 145, and will hope to continue in the same vein on Wednesday. De Kock’s brilliant innings last time out, however, was cut short by Mohammed Shami, and Punjab would bank on the right-armer yet again. Shami has had a fairly decent outing this far in the IPL but would look to increase to his tally of 6 wickets by snaring the South African at the top of the order. This promises to be an exciting player battle.

Kieron Pollard/Hardik Pandya vs Ravichandran Ashwin

Mumbai Indians have always depended on the late charge to push up their total by 20-odd runs at the end of their innings. And the main individuals responsible for these have been Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. The fast-bowling all-rounders have both amped it up in different matches, and with strike rates of 178.94 and 157.37 respectively, they are capable of hitting any bowler out of the park. While Hardik has been the more consistent power-hitter, Pollard showed in the Indians’ last game against the Sunrisers how destructive he can be as well, as he powered a rudderless Mumbai innings with a 26-ball 46. The onus of stopping these two big hitters will fall on Kings XI skipper, who has been excellent in recent matches. With 7 wickets in 6 games at an economy of 7.37, Ashwin shall take on the responsibility to rein in and hopefully dismiss either or if possible both of Pollard and Pandya. This will surely be a key battle decisive to the end result of the game.

IPL 2019, MI vs KXIP: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, MI vs KXIP: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 10, 8.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 


Both MI and KXIP will go into this match will a lot of confidence, after each beaten high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last outings. While Punjab stand on 8 points after 6 games, Mumbai have six but have played a match lesser.

The deck at the Wankhede Stadium is known for big hits, and the smaller boundaries make lives miserable for the bowlers. Hence, batters are expected to have a field day once again, and a score of 185 can easily be chased down as well.

As far as the playing 11 goes, Mumbai are likely to go in unchanged, while Punjab, who have constantly changed their team might opt for Pooran as filling the team with as many batters on a good batting deck is not a bad move. Varun Chakravarthy, after his dismal debut, might be given a game too.

MI Predicted 11 

Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah

KXIP Predicted 11

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicolas Pooran, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Fantasy Team

KL Rahul is my preferred keeper for this game, as he is his team’s highest run-getter and has made an impact with his ability to grit it out at the crease. With the World Cup squad selection just a few days away, the Indian keeper would want to cement his spot with continued consistent performances.

Also Read: 4 most important players for MI this season

Chris Gayle has not yet fired in IPL 2019, but he is too dangerous a player to ignore as on his day he can wreak havoc. He will find the conditions at Mumbai to his liking and could be a player to watch out for. Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan have been the other performers for the unit, while Suryakumar is my lone batter from Mumbai Indians. I have filled as many top-order players in my side, as the bowlers will hardly get assistance, and one of these four players (including KL Rahul) can be counted upon to get a big knock.

Sam Curran has shown what he is capable of in this tournament while picking the Pandya brothers is a no-brainer. I have opted to leave out Ravichandran Ashwin because if dew comes in and Punjab bowls second, his impact will drastically reduce. Hardik has been pitching in both with bat and ball, while Krunal is yet to fire with the bat but has kept things economical with the ball.

Jasprit Bumrah might be counted more as a bowler who curtails runs than picks wickets, but the openers from Punjab are most likely going to attack from ball 1, which increases his chances of getting a wicket. This is the same reason Behrendorff is on my side as well. Rahul Chahar rounds up my Dream11 side.

Captain and Vice-captain: Hardik Pandya, Chris Gayle

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Key Player Battles to watch out for

Both teams in question have had a fairly successful run so far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. 

After unexpected defeats in their respective fixtures against CSK and MI, both Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to get back to winning ways on Monday, April 8. As Match No. 22 of IPL 2019 kicks off, we will witness these two franchises lock horns against each other at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

While the Sunrisers and the Punjab team have similar records so far in the five matches they have played, having won three and lost two, the Hyderabad side finds themselves placed at No. 3 spot, while Punjab stooped down to No.6 in the IPL 2019 points table. Additionally, when we look at the SRH vs KXIP head-to-head IPL record – it is the Sunrisers who have an edge over the Mohali-based franchise. Out of the total 12 games played against each other, KXIP have managed to win just three while SRH have won nine. At the PCA stadium, the home ground of the KXIP, the home team have just one win in five head to head games against the Sunrisers.

MS Dhoni’s brilliance in the fixture that Punjab had against the defending champions, had resulted in a 22-run defeat for the KXIP team. Whereas the buoyant Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a 40-run loss against the Mumbai Indians in their previous fixture. Their performance was horrible as they were bowled inside the 100-run mark, their first time in this IPL season. However, they have a good record against Punjab and also their form in this edition of the marquee T20 league is a great backing to their advantage.

As the two teams battle it out to up their game in this IPL season, here let’s take a look at the key player battles from the night.

Chris Gayle vs Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

While Sarfaraz Khan and KL Rahul, who scored 67 runs from 59 balls and 55 off 47 respectively, in the last game, shared a 100+ partnership between them against the Chennai Super Kings but fell short in terms of strike rate. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle looked out of touch. But as we all know the “Universe Boss” wouldn’t hold back and since he didn’t contribute much against CSK, chances are SRH will face his wrath tonight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who leads the pace attack, could prove to be the Sunrisers’ key to remove the giant early in the game.

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SRH openers vs Sam Curran

The SRH have their key in their openers, who have scored huge in this season and have much more in store. Together David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have recorded the best opening partnerships in the 12th edition of the IPL so far. No wonder the SRH team has looked so formidable this season. In order to stop them the Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will use Sam Curran, who proved to be the team’s best bowler in their previous fixture at Mohali. and he is expected to pose a major threat here again.

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 08, 8.00PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali


Both Punjab and SRH suffered losses in their last encounter – the home team going down to CSK, while the Orange Army were all out for 96 against Mumbai Indians. However, they are the in-form team and performed reasonably well before the defeat in their respective matches. While their top-order packs a punch, with KXIP having Gayle and KL Rahul, and SRH possessing Bairstow and Warner, Punjab’s middle-order is in better shape, while Hyderabad’s bowling is more reliable.

Hence, on a belter of a track, there will be very little to choose from between the two sides. As far as the playing 11 goes, Moises Henriques has joined the Punjab camp, and he can replace Tye or Curran, while SRH can ring in a few changes. If Kane is fit, he might be slotted in for Nabi, though it will be unfair on the Afghan player, while either one of Hooda, Pathan or Pandey might make way for Bhui or Abhishek Sharma.

KXIP Predicted XI

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye/Henriques

SRH Predicted XI

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

Fantasy Team

Bairstow has been a bigger impact-player in the IPL 2019, whereas KL Rahul has struggled on occasions against quality players. With SRH having a number of experienced bowlers in their ranks, the Indian could find it tough. Also, Bairstow comes cheaper, which then allows me to pick both warner and Gayle in my side.

Warner has looked like a man on a mission ever since he has returned from his ban. He is the leading run-scorer in the IPL and would want to score many more before he has to leave for the World Cup. Chris Gayle has not yet flourished, but he is the kind of player who will make you regret not picking him on hos day. He can fire against any opposition, on any deck, which makes ignoring him tough. David Miller and Sarfaraz have led the charge for KXIP in the middle overs, and if there is an early loss of a wicket, they can be counted upon to guide the team to safety.

R Ashwin is slowly but surely finding his straps, while Vijay Shankar’s rise with the bat has been one of the highlights of this season. The reason I have ignored Curran is that he might not get a chance with the bat – he opened in Gayle’s absence a few matches away – but with the West Indian back, there might not be many opportunities. Also, the duo of Warner and Bairstow can rip him apart in the first six overs, which makes him a risky pick.

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Murugan Ashwin might find the going easy against a struggling SRH middle-order, while the trio of Sandeep, Rashid and Kaul have kept things tight. Though the Afghan has not been among the wickets, he is too good a player to miss out for long, while the Indian pacers have time and again showed their mettle in the IPL.

Captain and Vice-captain: Bairstow, Gayle