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.

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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

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another comfortable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, April 15 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost the opener, Virat Kohli, very cheaply. However, a 95-run partnership between AB de Villiers (75 off 51) and Moeen Ali (50 off 32) helped them to put up 171 on board. Other batsmen failed to score big as Lasith Malinga bagged a 4-wicket haul. 

Chasing 172, Mumbai openers added 70 runs within 7.1 overs. However, they lost both the openers in the same over. But a quickfire innings from both Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya guided them to another win.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Lasith Malinga’s 4-wicket haul

Put into bat, Bangalore didn’t get a flying start as they lost in-form Virat Kohli for mere 8. However, Parthiv Patel and experienced AB de Villiers tried to steady the ship and added 37 runs before Patel’s dismissal for 28. Ab de Villiers then built a partnership of 95 runs with Moeen Ali and put up 144 runs after the 17th over. They were looking too comfortable at the crease then and they were hoping for a big score from there on.

But veteran Sri Lankan bowler, Lasith Malinga had some other plans. He broke the 95-run partnership by taking up Moeen Ali after he scored a fifty off 32. He struck again in the same over when he picked up Marcus Stoinis for a two-ball duck.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KXIP vs RR

Malinga, however, came to bowl the final over. AB de Villiers got dismissed in the second ball of the over by direct throw while Malinga dismissed both Akshdeep Nath and Negi and restricted Bangalore within 171 on board. Malinga finished his spell with the figure of 4-0-31-4.

Poor bowling by Bangalore bowlers

To defend a total like 172 in the ground like Wankhede, the bowlers have to bowl in a good line and length. But once again Bangalore bowlers failed to impress with the ball.

Having started the chase with the consecutive boundaries by Quinton de Kock off Umesh Yadav in the very first over, Kohli-led Bangalore bowlers didn’t get the way to restrict both the openers as they added 67 runs in the powerplay. However, Moeen Ali gave the first breakthrough by picking up Rohit Sharma for 28. He struck again in the same over when he dismissed de Cock for 40.

Later, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Ishan Kishan for 21 off 9 and Suryakumar Yadav for 29 off 23. Apart from Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the other bowlers was bowling in a proper line and length. Chahal and Ali bowled with the economy of 6.75 and 4.50 respectively while Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, and Pawan Negi bowled with the economy of more than 10; which cost them the defeat.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 37

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav in the 16th over, one of Mumbai’s key players, all-rounder Hardik Pandya came to the crease. He tried to steady the ship with Krunal Pandya by rotating the strike and a few big shots whenever needed before Krunal’s dismissal.

However, they needed 22 in the final two overs when Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Pawan Negi. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, changed the gear as well. he didn’t take any run in the first ball. The second one went for a maximum over long-on. The third delivery was outside off stump which went for a boundary through the gap between long-off and deep mid-wicket.

The next one again went for a boundary while the fifth ball went for a six over long on. The final ball was wide while Hardik took a single in the final ball of the penultimate over and sealed the game for Mumbai.

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

Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah

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

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

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

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

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match 

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

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

Virat Kohli vs Jasprit Bumrah

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

AB De Villers vs Krunal Pandya

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

Quinton De Kock vs Yuzvendra Chahal

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

IPL 2019, MI vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 15, 8.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium


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

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

MI Predicted 11 

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

RCB Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

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

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

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

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

Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the three talking points from the game:

Mumbai failed to capitalize after a blazing start

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

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

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

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs SRH

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

Joss Buttler’s blitzy innings

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

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

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

Bowlers failed to restrict Rajasthan

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

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

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

IPL 2019, MI vs RR: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, MI vs RR: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
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

Fantasy Team

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.

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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

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.

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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.