IPL 2019 Fantasy: Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya among top picks for Mumbai Indians v RCB

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Kohli.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 31 with Mumbai Indians hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.

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 form.

BATSMAN

Virat Kohli – RCB (11 credits)

His form this season has left a lot to be desired but the Indian skipper went about rectifying that with a half century against Kings XI Punjab helping his side to their first win this year at the seventh time of asking.

A fine knock of 67 off 53 balls followed good displays in the previous two matches as well in which he scored 41 and 84. This uptick in form has seen his average shoot up to a healthy 38.57. With the consistency he’s starting to show and the fact that the monkey is finally off his back after a first win this season, he could be primed to come good again.

BOWLER

Yuzvendra Chahal – RCB (9 credits)

Perhaps RCB’s most consistent performer this season, Yuzvendra Chahal continues to rank among the best bowlers this season with his tally of 11 wickets second only to Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada.

The spinner took two scalps in the last game as well dismissing the in-form KL Rahul before leaving Mayank Agarwal clean bowled.

ALL-ROUNDER

Hardik Pandya – MI (9.5 credits)

While Hardik Pandya has been pretty expensive with the ball in hand, going for 10.34 an over, he does have six wickets to his name and that’s what matters in fantasy cricket. The fact that he usually bowls two of his four overs right at the death means he can get smacked around but with the batsmen taking risks, he’s always likely to pick up a wicket or two.

Meanwhile, he’s been pretty impressive with his batting down the order. An average of 37.25 while boasting a strike rate of 183.96 would suggest as much. His impressive cameo of 28 not out from 11 deliveries helped Mumbai to a score of 187/5 against Rajasthan Royals last time out.

Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya.

WICKETKEEPER

Quinton de Kock – MI (9 credits)

After finally coming good with the bat during his excellent knock of 81 from 52 balls in the defeat to Rajasthan, Quinton de Kock has become a far more appealing fantasy option.

The South African consistently picks up wicketkeeping points for dismissals with his tally of nine ranking second this season. If he can string together some good displays at the crease, he’ll be hot property.

CAPTAIN – Virat Kohli

VICE CAPTAIN – Hardik Pandya

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IPL 2019: Kagiso Rabada and Delhi Capitals pacers hand Sunrisers Hyderabad third straight defeat

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Kagiso Rabada picked up four wickets in Hyderabad. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Sunrisers Hyderabad sank to their third straight defeat as Delhi Capitals pacers decimated their line-up, taking 10 wickets for 44 runs in a thumping 39-run win on Sunday.

Delhi made 155-7 and in the chase, Hyderabad were powered by in-form opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But Keemo Paul started their slide by taking three wickets and then pace ace Kagiso Rabada ran through the lineup with 4-22 as Sunrisers went from 72-0 to 116 all out.

It was the fourth defeat overall for Sunrisers while Delhi rose to second position with their fifth victory.

Munro mania

Colin Munro came in at one down for Delhi after openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were removed cheaply by new Sunrisers quick Khaleel Ahmed. Teaming up with captain Shryeas Iyer (45 off 40), Munro went about attacking the Sunrisers bowlers, hitting four fours and three sixes during his 24-ball 40 before edging a drive behind off mystery spinner Abhishek Sharma.

Munro’s was by the far the most impactful innings on a Hyderabad wicket that once again offered more than enough help to the bowlers.

Sunrisers start well

Sunrisers openers Warner and Bairstow once again gave Sunrisers a solid base. The in-form duo added 72 by the 10th over in pursuit of 156, which was decent if not spectacular. While Bairstow blasted his way to 41 off 31, Warner took time to get going on a sluggish pitch.

However, as the required run rate crept over eight an over, Delhi pacers made life miserable for Sunrisers batsmen as they bowled a variation of cross seam and short deliveries to make the most of the pitch.

Rabada and Co work their magic

West Indies all-rounder Paul set the ball rolling by dismissing opener Bairstow and captain Kane Williamson in successive overs. He added a third in the form of Ricky Bhui as Sunrisers got stuck at 101-3 in the 16th over.

Rabada returned to take the wind out of Hyderbad’s sails, deceiving Warner (51 off 47) with a slower ball to be caught at mid-off. It was a procession thereafter as not a single Hyderabad batsman apart from the openers reached double digits.

Rabada ended up with 4-22, pacer Chris Morris 3-22 and Paul 3-17 as Sunrisers were bowled out for 116, losing 10 wickets for 44 runs.

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IPL 2019: RCB look to build momentum against Mumbai Indians after getting first win

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India vice-captain Rohit Sharma will face off against national team skipper Virat Kohli.

Royal Challengers Bangalore finally got the monkey off their back. After starting their IPL 2019 campaign with a horror run of six straight losses, RCB got on the board thanks to – who else – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, who scored 59* (38) and 67 (53) respectively to ease their side to victory in a chase of 174 against Kings XI Punjab, a welcome result ahead of Monday’s game against Mumbai Indians, against whom they had a dramatic loss earlier in the season.

Can RCB carry on?

Now, they can set about salvaging this season and make an unlikely push for the playoffs. No team has ever finished in the top four after losing their first six games, so Kohli’s team will be making history if they can pull off that feat. But there is a possibility that they finish the league stage on 14 or even 16 points. The latter figure is usually enough to make the playoffs, and teams have even managed that with 14 points as well. All is not lost for RCB.

They are also set to get a boost to their much-maligned bowling attack, with Dale Steyn joining up with the team having gone unsold at the auction. Monday’s game will come too soon for the fiery South African, but if they can get a win and then add the veteran pacer to the fold, Kohli and company may build up a head a steam for the rest of the season.

Mumbai look to bounce back

Mumbai are looking to bounce back following a surprising loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday that put a halt to their three-game winning run. The setback brought into focus a season-long concern: the middle-overs slowdown that leaves too much to do for Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard at the end of the innings.

Batting Pollard at 4 was supposed to be a solution, though the results have been mixed. The West Indian hit his highest-ever IPL score against Kings XI Punjab, a 31-ball 83 to power a chase of 198, came up the order again on Saturday and played a stuttering innings of six off 12, setting himself up for a big finish but then getting out before he could provide it. It’s an experiment worth persisting; getting Pollard more time in the middle is a sound strategy.

It would help if Rohit Sharma can hit top form. The Mumbai captain has been out for less than 15 in three of his six innings so far, though he goes into this game on the back of a well-made 47. But Sharma, the India vice-captain up against his national team skipper in Kohli, will be looking for a big score now.

Mumbai seamer Alzarri Joseph is reportedly out of the rest of the sIPL eason following a shoulder injury from the last game, which should result in Lasith Malinga coming back into the playing XI.

LIKELY TEAMS

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Lasith malinga, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah

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

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