IPL 2019 Fantasy: Gayle among top picks for Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

Ashish Peter 26/03/2019
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Gayle is a man in form. Image credit - @IPL/Twitter.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into day five with two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders set to play host to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

As the IPL’s official partner, Dream11 runs a Daily Contest for each game apart from the default format which is conducted per round.

Here, we help you navigate your way through the former.

Here are our top options in each category for this encounter in Kolkata.

BATSMAN

Chris Gayle – Kings XI Punjab (10 credits)

Recommending the Windies veteran after his swashbuckling innings against Rajasthan Royals is easy choice. Moreover, Gayle has a habit of going on a run of high scores.

The explosive left-hander is hard to stop once he finds form as shown by his last IPL season with KXIP as well in West Indies’ recent ODI series against England. When one big Gayle innings comes, expect another one . After his 48-ball 79 at Jaipur, it would be a no-brainer to retain the might Jamaican for the top batsman’s pick.

BOWLER

Kuldeep Yadav – Kolkata Knight Riders (9)

The India wrist-spinner went wicketless in the win over Sunrisers Hyderabad and was removed from the bowling attack after two expensive overs.

Still, he is our pick for the bowler’s slot because Kuldeep does not stay subdued for long, especially at the Eden Gardens. The left-armer picked up 17 wickets for the Knight Riders last season and gave Dinesh Karthik’s men the breakthrough when they desperately needed it on many occasions.

Expect him to come back hard at Eden Gardens against Punjab.

ALL-ROUNDER

Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders (9.5)

When it comes to the all-rounder’s slot, there is one clear favourite given there are doubts over the fitness of Sunil Narine.

With Narine doubtful, his Windies compatriot and Kolkata team-mate Andre Russell is a shoe-in for our all-round pick. Russell was magnificent with both bat and ball in the win over Hyderabad, with his 19-ball 49 stealing victory for Kolkata from the jaws of defeat.

WICKETKEEPER

Dinesh Karthik – Kolkata Knight Riders (9.5)

He did not have the best of displays against Hyderabad but Karthik gets the nod over KL Rahul in this case simply because there are doubts whether the latter will take the gloves.

It was Nicholas Pooran who kept wickets for Punjab in their win over Rajasthan and there is every chance he will do it again. Karthik has been a proven IPL performer for Kolkata over the years and expect his experience to show sooner rather than later.

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IPL 2019: Ravi Ashwin had the right to run out Jos Buttler but came out looking all wrong

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Ravi Ashwin ran Jos Buttler out in Jaipur. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS

It’s a shame that the most controversial mode of dismissal in cricket is named after a fine Indian cricketer – Vinoo Mankad. The iconic Indian all-rounder has forever been associated with the running out of batsmen at the non-striker’s end by a bowler before the ball has been released. No other cricketer has the ignominy of having his name associated with an improper act in the game, which is unfortunate in itself.

‘Mankading’ is right in the middle of the grey area of cricket. When exactly has a bowler completed his delivery stride? Should the batsman at the non-striker’s end be given a warning before being run-out? If it is within the rules of the game, why is the fielding team pilloried?

On Monday, another Indian – Kings XI Punjab captain Ravi Ashwin – used that mode of dismissal to end Rajasthan Royal star batsman Jos Buttler’s stay at the crease and start a dramatic collapse that resulted in victory for Punjab in their IPL clash.

Should Ashwin have warned Buttler before running him out in the 13th over of a tense chase? Did Buttler really try to gain an unfair advantage as Ashwin seemed to pause in his delivery stride, at which point Buttler was inside the crease? Was Ashwin waiting for Buttler to leave the crease before running him out?

Fans will look at this incident depending upon which side of the ‘Mankand’ line they are on. Those who see it as a fair mode of dismissal will point to the fact that according to existing rules, Ashwin was within his rights to run Buttler out without giving a warning.

Those against the mode of dismissal will say that if Ashwin’s actions were OK, then bowlers will soon start ‘pausing’ in their delivery stride and run every other batsman out. At least until such time when batsmen simply stop leaving the crease before the bowler has released the ball.

So while it is Buttler who made the mistake of leaving the crease early, it is Ashwin who has been made the villain. Many didn’t notice that Buttler was backing up a couple of balls earlier in the over as well. And the Englishman has been ‘Mankaded’ before in international cricket – by Sri Lanka in 2014 after being warned multiple times then. But it’s Ashwin’s actions and the surreptitious nature of how he went about it that leave a bad taste in the mouth.

The biggest talking points are that Ashwin didn’t warn Buttler earlier – which is standard practice in such incidents to reduce the burden of blame on the fielding team – and that the Punjab skipper had suspiciously long pause in his delivery stride before running out the non-striker, which raises questions about whether it was a spur-of-the-moment action or a planned wicket (which is also perfectly fine, it has to be said).

So no matter how much Ashwin talks about the crease being ‘his space’ as well, the way he went about dismissing Buttler does not sit well with fans of the game. The strong reactions from outside India are proof of it and no amount of references to the rule book will change that. If it looks bad and feels bad, it stays bad.

‘Mankading’ is anyhow looked down upon. And Ashwin has opened himself up to endless criticism and similarly cheeky attempts with the Buttler run-out. He did not break any rules but he hasn’t gained any admirers either. And until the dismissal is outlawed, we will keep debating it.

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IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians' pacer Jasprit Bumrah could reportedly miss next two fixtures

Sudhir Gupta 26/03/2019
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Jasprit Bumrah had bruised his shoulder in the loss to Delhi.

In what will come as a big relief to Mumbai Indians fans, Jasprit Bumrah’s injury is not understood to be a serious one with the India pacer on track to recover quickly.

Bumrah had bruised his shoulders in Mumbai’s 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign opener against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede. The pace spearhead injured himself during the last delivery of Delhi’s innings while attempting to stop the ball off his own bowling.

Bumrah subsequently did not come to bat later as the Mumbai Indians fell to a 37-run defeat. While it is being reported that the bowler has been advised rest for the side’s next two clashes, the team have confirmed that his recovery is progressing smoothly.

“Bumrah is in Mumbai along with team physio Nitin Patel, continuing with the assessment,” a Mumbai Indians official was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

“His recovery is on track and fortunately no sign of stress.”

Bumrah will be key for India in the 2019 World Cup.

Bumrah will be key for India in the 2019 World Cup.

According to a report by the Hindu, Bumrah could miss Mumbai’s clashes against Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab after intervention from the India medical staff.

The 25-year-old remains crucial to India’s World Cup hopes in England and as such, the team management wants to ensure that he is fit and firing for the global showcase starting on May 30.

Mumbai’s pace battery had been dwindling even before Bumrah had picked up his injury. New Zealand express-quick Adam Milne had earlier been ruled out of the IPL with a heel injury.

Meanwhile, Australia pacer Jason Behrendorrf is currently away on international duty in the UAE for his side’s ongoing ODI series against Pakistan.

Thankfully for Rohit Sharma’s men, veteran Lasith Malinga has now been cleared by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to play in the side’s next two fixtures before he returns home to compete in the Super Provincial One-Day Cup.

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