IPL 2019 Fantasy: Chris Gayle and Imran Tahir among top picks for CSK vs KXIP

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The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 18 with Chennai Super Kings set to play host to Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.

As fans, watching the action is not the only thing to look forward to – 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.

BATSMAN

Chris Gayle – KXIP (10.5 credits)

After missing Punjab’s 14-run win over Delhi Capitals, Chris Gayle will be welcomed back into the fold. The West Indies batsman has looked in good form this season, getting decent starts in each of his three outings. Following his knock of 79 against Rajasthan Royals, he cut loose in Mumbai as well. With a strike rate of 165.47 in this campaign, he could do some real damage.

BOWLER

Imran Tahir – CSK (9 credits)

The spinner is among the best bowlers this season, picking up seven wickets at an average of 11. Imran Tahir has been one of the most consistent performers and has particularly excelled in Chennai where he’s taken five of his wickets. His economy of 5.5 is also hugely impressive.

ALL-ROUNDER

Sam Curran – KXIP (8.5 credits)

He got swatted around on his IPL debut but responded in his final over to take two wickets. In his next match he stole the show, bagging a hat-trick on his way to figures of 4-11. He’s looked confident with the bat as well but will want to build on quick-fire 20 after opening the innings in the last game.

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WICKETKEEPER

KL Rahul – KXIP (10 credits)

KL Rahul has disappointed this season. After being dismissed cheaply in the opening two matches, he responded with an excellent half century against Mumbai Indians. He only managed 15 last time out in the win over Delhi but having gotten off to a good start, you get the sense that he’s still in top form. He edges MS Dhoni for dismissals this season, three to two.

CAPTAIN – Chris Gayle

VICE CAPTAIN – Imran Tahir

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Bairstow is in sensational touch. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 19 with Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on Mumbai Indians in the second game of Saturday’s double-header.

As fans, watching the action is not the only thing to look forward to – 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.

BATSMAN

David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (11 credits)

The Australian opener will probably feature in most Fantasy line ups already after his explosive start to the campaign but do not remove him just yet despite his failure to fire against Delhi Capitals.

The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla was too slow and extremely difficult to bat upon with most of the batsmen from either side barring Jonny Bairstow struggling for timing.

Now back on the excellent batting deck at Hyderabad, expect Warner to get going once again and add to the superb ton and two half-centuries he has already registered so far in the tournament.

BOWLER

Jasprit Bumrah – Mumbai Indians (9.5 credits)

While the Mumbai Indians pace spearhead has been highly economical as usual, he has gone wicket-less in his last two outings against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

Arguably the best death bowler in limited-overs cricket, Bumrah will be itching to get back among the wickets and it is very rare that the India stalwart has an extended dry spell with the ball.

With veteran pacer Lasith Malinga set to miss the clash, Mumbai will look to Bumrah to provide them the big wickets in the clash against an in-form Sunrisers.

Jasprit Bumrah is in focus.

Jasprit Bumrah is in focus.

ALL-ROUNDER

Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians (9.5 credits)

While Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been in excellent form over the past two matches, there still remains a slim possibility that he could be replaced by the returning skipper Kane Williamson.

Instead, it is his Mumbai counterpart Hardik Pandya who gets the nod. The younger of the Pandya siblings at Mumbai has been in sensational touch with both bat and ball after an international season which was plagued by injuries and controversies.

The India man has already put together three consecutive entertaining and crucial cameos down the order for Mumbai while he showed his importance with the ball with a three-wicket haul in the win over Chennai.

Pandya has always been a confidence player and it makes sense to cash in while he is in excellent form.

WICKETKEEPER

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad (9 credits)

Both teams have explosive overseas wicketkeeper batsmen in their arsenals but it is Hyderabad’s Jonny Bairstow who is the clear pick.

The Englishman’s maiden IPL campaign has been nothing short of extraordinary with the right-hander already accumulating 244 runs so far in his four innings. Along with his superb ton against Bangalore, Bairstow has also forged three century stands for the first wicket alongside Warner.

His swashbuckling 48 against Delhi paved the way for Hyderabad’s win on a difficult surface and he will relish the opportunity to play in home conditions once again.

CAPTAIN – Jonny Bairstow

VICE CAPTAIN – Hardik Pandya

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Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson (r). Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

It is shaping up to be an extremely competitive 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) as Sunrisers Hyderabad get ready to play host to Mumbai Indians in the second match of Saturday’s double-header.

With three wins out of their four games, Sunrisers have established themselves as the early leaders of the league but the competition for the top four spots is already turning into an intense one.

Hyderabad currently have a two-point lead over Mumbai but the two teams are separated by as many as five spots in the league table.

For Sunrisers, the games are starting to come thick and fast with the side set to take the field at Hyderabad less than 48 hours after prevailing by five wickets over Delhi in the national capital.

What the league leaders have going for them in this campaign is the most formidable opening partnership in the IPL forged by an Australian and an Englishman.

Openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have now put on century stands in three of Hyderabad’s clashes along with a 64-run partnership in the latest win over Delhi. Warner has been sensational on his IPL return after a one-year absence with the Aussie opener registering a ton and two half-centuries in his four appearances.

Meanwhile, Bairstow has already notched up a splendid century while chipping in with important contributions in the remaining three games in what is the maiden IPL campaign for the England batsman.

NO PLACE FOR WILLIAMSON?

While the Warner-Bairstow partnership is firing on all cylinders for Hyderabad, they have been put in a huge dilemma following the terrific showings of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.

Replacing injured skipper Kane Williamson in the last two matches, Nabi has more than proved his worth with two prolific wicket-taking displays which has seen him dismiss six batsmen. While Williamson was excellent in Hyderabad’s runners-up finish in the 2018 edition, it will be difficult to justify dropping Nabi given the side has now won on all seven occasions when the Afghan all-rounder has featured in the playing XI.

As such, Hyderabad might have to upset a winning combination drastically if they are to reintegrate their skipper upon his return from injury. Dropping Bairstow and Warner looks out of the question while No1 ranked T20 bowler Rashid Khan is their other overseas star in the playing XI.

Nabi has been excellent in the last two games. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Nabi has been excellent in the last two games. Image – BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

MALINGA ABSENT FOR MUMBAI

Mumbai, on the other hand, face no such dilemma with their veteran pacer Lasith Malinga unavailable due to Super Four Provincial One-Day tournament commitments in Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma and his men have once again put themselves in an early spot of bother with an indifferent start to the campaign but their morale-boosting win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings has brought them back into the fray.

Malinga was instrumental in that 37-run win with three crucial scalps and his absence will definitely be felt by Mumbai. However, the promising display by Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff in what was his IPL debut will somewhat cushion that blow given that they also have India stalwart Jasprit Bumrah in their armoury.

After four matches, it is all-rounder Hardik Pandya who has emerged as Mumbai’s most pivotal player with the India man making some important contributions with both bat and ball.

Pandya has been batting like a dream in the death overs and has already played three important quick-fire cameos with the bat down the order to bail Mumbai out of trouble. The star cricketer has also been instrumental with the ball in hand with his three wickets against Chennai paving the way for Mumbai’s comfortable win.

Sunrisers and Mumbai have a fairly even head-to-head record but it is skewed heavily in favour of the former when it comes to matches between the two sides held at Hyderabad. In six previous meetings between the two sides at Hyderabad, Sunrisers have emerged victorious on four occasions.

LIKELY XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow (wk), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.

Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.

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