IPL 2019 Fantasy: Chris Gayle and Kagiso Rabada among top picks for Kings XI v Delhi Capitals

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The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 13 with Kings XI Punjab hosting Delhi Capitals on Monday.

As fans, it’s not just watching the action that’s there to look forward to, but IPL fantasy games mean you have the opportunity to get involved as well.

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 focus on helping you navigate your way through the former.

Without further adieu, here are our top options in each category for this encounter.

BATSMAN

Prithvi Shaw – DC (9 cr)

The 19-year-old fell just one run short of becoming the IPL’s youngest ever centurion with an epic innings against Kolkata Knight Risders. After a couple of soft dismissals in his first two outings this season, Prithvi Shaw showed just what he’s capable of, smashing 99 off just 55 balls as Delhi beat KKR via a super over. The Kings XI pace attack has been expensive so far this season and Shaw – with his confidence soaring at the moment – will fancy his chances against them. Andrew Tye, Mohammed Sami, Sam Curran and Hardus Viljoen have all gone for over 9.50.

BOWLER

Sandeep Lamichhane – DC (8.5 cr)

Finally handed his opportunity against KKR, Sandeep Lamichhane put in an excellent display. His figures of 1-29 from his four overs doesn’t tell the whole story. He was perhaps unfortunate not to pick up more than the one wicket. Nevertheless, on what was an excellent batting pitch in Delhi, he had the best economy among bowlers from both sides.

ALL-ROUNDER

Ravi Ashwin – KXIP (9 cr) 

Speaking of economy, Ravi Ashwin’s disciplined bowling has gone under the radar. Even though he’s only picked up one wicket in three games, he was excellent against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, going for 5 and 6.50 an over respectively. He hasn’t had to take to the crease with the bat yet, and as an all-rounder that’s a concern for fantasy owners.

WICKETKEEPER

KL Rahul – KXIP (10)

KL Rahul would’ve been kicking himself for going cheaply in his first two outings of the season but having played himself into a bit of form against Mumbai, he’ll back himself to put runs on the board again. With an explosive opening partner like Chris Gayle to be followed by the big-hitting of Mayank Agarwal and David Miller, Rahul only needs to play his natural game like he did in the previous match and he’ll get some runs under his belt.

CAPTAIN – Prithvi Shaw

VICE-CAPTAIN – KL Rahul

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IPL 2019: Ton-up Bairstow and Warner, four-star Nabi see Sunrisers embarrass Bangalore

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David Warner and Jonny Bairstow smashed tons against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner created history on Sunday by smashing centuries in the same innings as Sunrisers Hyderabad pulverised Royal Challengers Bangalore in all departments in Hyderdabad on Sunday.

On a belter of a pitch, Sunrisers openers Bairstow and Warner did not let the absence of regular captain Kane Williamson – out due to injury – affect them one bit as they added 185, which is the highest opening stand in the history of IPL.

That was just the beginning of RCB’s woes as Sunrisers’ mammoth total of 231-2 proved well beyond Bangalore, who were shot out for a paltry 113 for a 118-run defeat.

Afghanistan off-spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nabi turned out to be the surprise wrecker in chief as he snared 4-11 to break the back of Bangalore’s top order.

Here are the main talking points from a record breaking day at the Uppal Stadium.

JONNY & DAVID SHOW

The Hyderabad pitch is the best one for batting in IPL 2019. The previous clash at the ground saw a target of almost 200 being chased down by Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals with an over to spare.

Bangalore have a considerably weaker bowling attack, with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal the only recognised T20 bowler. That factor was exploited by in-form Bairstow and Warner as they picked their spots on the ground to dispatch the ball for 16 straight overs.

English keeper Bairstow showed just how versatile and deadly he can be, cracking seven sixes during his 56-ball 114. His partner Warner was not to be outdone, reaching his century in 55 balls. It continued a dream start to the campaign for Warner, who now has scores of 85, 69 and 100* in his first three games. They spared no Bangalore bowler, including debutant leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman, who went for 56 off his four overs.

It was just the second instance of two batsmen hitting centuries in one innings in IPL after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers did it against Gujarat Lions in 2016.

Jonny Bairstow. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Jonny Bairstow. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

NABI SPRINGS A SURPRISE

Kohli and De Villiers were expected to lead the charge for Bangalore. They had already been bowled out for 70 at the start of the tournament and needed to make a statement with the bat. But in a performance that was even worse than the bowling effort, Bangalore’s top order imploded against the accurate off-spin of Nabi.

The veteran Sunrisers spinner is notoriously difficult to hit against and Bangalore batsmen found that the hard way, with Parthiv Patel giving a simple catch off his full toss. Nabi’s biggest scalps were classic off-spinner’s dismissals – Shimron Hetmyer stumped after giving the bowler the charge and De Villiers clean bowled while driving.

At 35-6 in the seventh over, the embarrassment was complete. Nabi finished with award-winning figures of 4-11.

CAN’T BOWL, CAN’T BAT

Bangalore were bowled out for 70 on a rank turner in the opening game of the tournament in Chennai. Both skippers criticised that pitch heavily, so you could excuse Bangalore’s batting. But what happened in Hyderabad on Sunday? On a dream batting wicket, a line-up that has Kohli and De Villiers was at one stage in danger of being bowled out for the lowest total in IPL. Their bowling is not much to write home about but now Bangalore’s batting is falling apart as well.

At the beginning of the tournament, questions were asked of Kohli’s RCB captaincy as he has a particularly poor record. After three defeats in three games – and two absolute embarrassments – one wonders how patient with the RCB franchise remain.

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Two teams with differing fortunes so far at IPL 2019 meet on Sunday evening as the experienced but exciting Chennai Super Kings take on the winless Rajasthan Royals.

CSK are powered by the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, while the Royals have Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at their disposal – though it hasn’t worked in their favour yet.

Indeed the Royals have not recovered since Ravi Ashwin’s Mankad and they’ll find it tricky to find some form against spin-heavy Chennai, on a slow pitch that ruined the IPL’s opener between CSK and RCB as a spectacle more than a week ago.

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