IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 19, 8.00PM IST
Eden Gardens


KKR started off IPL 2019 well, but stumbled along the way and now are in a desperate situation after having lost three games in a row, including two at home. The side were heavily reliant on their spinners when the Eden pitch would keep low, but with the track becoming a belter in the last few years, the tweakers have struggled.

KKR have been heavily reliant on Russell as well, with the other batters showing inconsistent form, the troubles have only increased for the side. RCB, on the other hand, have plenty of issues of their own as well. They have won just one game thus far in the league, with their team combinations and bowling attack going haywire more often than not. They have procured the services of Dale Steyn, and it is hoped that he can make an impact against KKR. The deck at Edens has been a good batting track, assisting the chasing team, so win the toss and field will be the preferred option.

KKR Predicted 11 

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/Yarra, Harry Gurney/Matt Kelly

RCB Predicted 11

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

Fantasy Team

Parthiv Patel is in my team for two reasons. Firstly, he opens the innings, which allows him to face more balls and get a big score on the board and also as he comes cheaper. Karthik, on the other hand, does not have a fixed batting spot and could come in very late in the innings as well. Also, with AB de Villiers, Kohli, Russell and Narine being expensive picks, picking cheaper options is advisable.

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ABD and Kohli have been the stalwarts for RCB over the years and will fancy their chances on a good batting pitch. Nitish Rana costs the same as Uthappa, but I have picked him due to his ability to turn his arm over as well. He picked up both Kohli and de Villiers last season and will want to replicate his showing. Gill showed what he was capable of against DC when he opened the innings. He st5ruggled against CSK when he came in the death overs, but the KKR camp would have done well to realize that he is a top-order player. If they push him higher up – which they should – he could be a huge threat.

Moeen Ali has scored some vital cameos whilst picking wickets, while Russell’s selection is a no-brainer. Narine o9n the other hand might have dwindled on the batting and bowling front this season, but he will want to start the juggernaut.

Chahal is his side’s leading wicket-taker. He has bowled on tough wickets where the bowlers hardly have any assistance, and he will want to get his experience to the fore. Accompanying him is his Team India mate Kuldeep Yadav, while Matt Kelly if he plays, rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli

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

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.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

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.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for MI vs RR

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

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.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KXIP vs SRH

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.

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, Match 20: RCB vs DC- Key player battles to watch out for

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to get their first win in the IPL against Delhi Capitals in the first game on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

RCB have gotten off to a dismal start in the IPL, outdoing even their previous ignominy in the tournament, losing in their first 5 games. Their last loss against KKR was especially brutal, as Virat Kohli’s men squandered a commanding position to a late Andre Russell onslaught to concede 53 runs in 2 overs in a 205-run chase. Delhi meanwhile, have undone a good start to the tournament with meek back-to-back surrenders against Punjab and Delhi, and currently, have two wins out of 5 games. They would be looking to return to winning ways in Bengaluru.

RCB seems a side destined to fail for some reason. In spite of their key players like Kohli, AB De Villiers and current Purple Cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal being on some, they have not come together as a side to secure a victory. The supporting cast has been pretty disappointing, with only Parthiv Patel and more recently Marcus Stoinis being of any help to the cause. Whenever De Villiers or Kohli haven’t fired, RCB have suffered stunning collapses. Similarly, except Chahal, all the bowlers have been hit out of the park, be it the experienced Tim Southee or the debutant Prayas Ray Barman. It will have to be seen if just the day’s rest after the disheartening loss to KKR will give them sufficient time to regroup and finally get to winning ways against Delhi.

Delhi, meanwhile, have been very off-and-on this season. Their exciting Super Over win against KKR was offset by the recent defeats. The defeat against KXIP was particularly heartbreaking as Delhi’s young side saw a spectacular collapse from a dominant position, losing 7 wickets in the space of 8 runs and 17 balls. But with a young but talented batting lineup with the likes of captain Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, and Rishabh Pant, Delhi would want to go against RCB’s weak bowling attack. The underperforming veteran Shikhar Dhawan would also fancy his chances. Bowling-wise, Delhi have usually been tidy, with Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane being the top performers, and would like to continue their good form.

Here are a few key battles to look forward to in this match:

Virat Kohli vs Kagiso Rabada

A direct correlation can be seen between Kohli’s individual score and RCB’s total score in this IPL. When Kohli has scored in single digits, RCB has suffered batting collapses, while as Kohli’s scores have increased, so has RCB’s total, capped off by the impressive 205 against KKR banking on Kohli’s stellar 84. To say that the captain’s performance in the game would be crucial is an understatement. Delhi would bank on their pace spearhead Rabada to dismiss Kohli early. Rabada has been essential to Delhi’s cause, picking up 7 wickets in 5 games with an economy rate just a shade above 8. Rabada’s importance for Delhi was underlined in his near-perfect Super Over performance, and the Capitals would hope for more toe-crushing yorkers from the South African to dismiss King Kohli early into the innings. It will surely be a player battle to look forward to on Sunday.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

AB De Villiers vs Sandeep Lamichhane

It is well-known that the RCB batting is over-dependent on two players, Kohli and de Villiers. De Villiers has blown hot and cold this IPL, scoring 156 in 5 games that include two scintillating knocks of 70 vs Mumbai and 63 vs KKR. At a strike rate of 165.95, De Villiers would deal massive damage to Delhi if he sticks around for long, and Delhi would look for young Sandeep Lamichhane to ensure that doesn’t happen. The 18-year-old Nepalese leggie has 4 wickets in 3 games with an economy of 7.3 and has been vital in breaking partnerships. Spin has been De Villiers’s Achilles heel, with the South African being dismissed all four times this season facing spinners. The Capitals would hope for that run to continue in this player battle as well.

Rishabh Pant vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Rishabh Pant has been Delhi’s top scorer this season with 158 runs. Coming in at No.5 and striking at almost 180, Pant has the ability to tear into the bowling attack during the later overs and add a crucial number of runs to his team’s innings at the death. To contain and snare him during the latter half of the innings, RCB would obviously turn to the man with the Purple Cap, Yuzvendra Chahal. With 9 wickets at an economy of just 6.45, the 28-year-old has been the only shining light in a dismal bowling attack. He would look to deal with crucial blows in the Delhi middle order, and Pant would be his most prized scalp. 

IPL 2019, RCB vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KXIP vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 07, 4.00PM IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru


Both RCB and DC are coming into the game with low confidence, having lost their last few games. However, Bangalore’s state is even more abysmal as they have failed to get even a win in their five matches thus far in the IPL 2019. They were on course for a win against KKR before Russell took the game away from them, and they would hope for a desperate turn-around against Delhi.

The Delhi team have been inconsistent as well, winning two from 5. They have not been able to register a win after their Super-Over win against KKR and would want to bring their campaign back on track.

The wicket at Chinnaswamy will help the batters, and hence the team that wins the toss would want to chase, as even targets of more than 190 can be hauled. Delhi might go into the game unchanged, while RCB might ponder a few more changes.

RCB Predicted Playing XI

Kohli, Patel, AB, Moeen, Stoinis, Akshdeep, Negi, Southee, Saini, Chahal, Khejroliya

DC Predicted Playing XI

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

Fantasy Team

I have picked Parthiv Patel over Rishabh Pant only because he comes in cheaper and it allows me the liberty to pick more expensive players like AB de Villiers and Kohli. The RCB keeper has not fared badly in the tournament either, and he might be a good utility pick.

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ABD and Kohli are must-haves in the team. The duo has led the charge for RCB in many matches over the years and tried to replicate that against KKR on Friday. However, their efforts were not enough, but they will be eager to stitch together yet another important knock for the side. Shikhar Dhawan has not had the best tournament thus far, and he would be eager to find some momentum before the World Cup. The flat track here might just be the impetus he needs.

Iyer has been getting starts but has failed to convert them into a big score. He has scored 71 runs in the last two games, and he, along with Dhawan, would be the key players from DC with the bat.

Marcus Stoinis gets a look-in as he can get a few points with the bat as well – something that Morris might not. The South African bats way too low in the order, and might not find the wicket to his liking, which is why he misses out. Axar Patel, Chahal, and Negi might be the crucial players for their respective teams on Sunday, along with Lamichhane.

Against KKR, the track assisted spinners, and it was tough to get away from them if they bowled a tight line. Bowling stump-to-stump will be the key once again for these tweakers. Rabada has been bowling economically, and his yorkers have caused more than one problem this season, and he would want to bring all of that and more on what will be a tough track o bowl on.

Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers

RCB vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the seventeenth encounter

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hosted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where Andre Russell’s heroics took KKR over the finish line with 5 balls to spare. 

Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Dinesh Karthik chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Put into bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got off to a flying start. They added 53 runs in the powerplay. Later, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored sizzling half-centuries to take Bangalore to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Chasing this huge total, KKR lost their opener, Sunil Narine, within 28 off 8. Later, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Nitish Rana tried to resurrect the innings. But Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48 guided them to register the victory by 5 wickets.

Here are the three talking points from the encounter:

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ 108-run partnership

Put into bat, RCB lost Parthiv Patel for 64 in 7.5 overs. Then captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villers started to steady the innings. Both of them started hitting boundaries and over boundaries all over the park from the beginning. They punished every bowler and scored quick half-centuries. Kohli took 31 balls to reach his fifty while de Villers took 28 balls to score his 30th IPL half-century. 

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However, Kohli’s quickfire 84 came to an end when Kuldeep took a well-judged return catch in the 18th over. Before his dismissal, they both added 108 runs. Later, de Villers also got out for 63 off 32 in the successive overs while Shubman Gill took an easy catch at long-off. Then, Stoinis’ 13-ball 28 powered them to 205/3 in 20 overs.

Andre Russell’s heroics

Chasing the huge total, KKR were needed a solid start but their opener Sunil Narine fell for 10. Later, Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa added 65 runs. But quick successions of Uthappa and Lynn left KKR at 108/3. Nitish Rana scored 37 off 23 and Dinesh Karthik scored 19 off 15 in their 206-run chase.

Karthik was dismissed in the final ball of the 16th over when KKR required 53 runs in the last three overs. Russell took just 13 balls to finish the chase. He smashed seven sixes and one boundary and won the game single-handedly. His batting heroics made the difference between the teams.

RCB’s miserable death bowling

Until 17th over, RCB were pretty much in the game as they had to defend 53 runs in 18 balls. Any team can easily defend that score in the death overs. But once again their bowling failed to restrict their opponent.

Bowling has been a problem for RCB for a long time. Though they have a strong batting line-up, their bowling never lives upto the expectations. Mohammed Siraj came to bowl the 18th over but back to back full toss left him outside. Marcus Stoinis finished the over where Russell smashed three consecutive sixes and 23 runs came from the over.

Southee came to bowl in the next over where Russell hit four maximums and a boundary and 29 runs came from the over which leveled the score. In the final over, Shubman Gill scored a single and KKR won another game with ease.

If Kohli brought Pawan Negi earlier, they might have restricted KKR as he was bowling economically. He conceded 21 runs in 3.1 overs and took 2 crucial wickets of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa.