IPL 2019 Fantasy: Tahir and Warner among top picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs CSK

Ashish Peter 16/04/2019
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Tahir has been in sensational form. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 33 with Sunrisers Hyderabad set to host Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday in a repeat of last year’s final.

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

David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (11 credits)

While Sunrisers have struggled of late with three consecutive defeats, Warner’s form has remained immune. The Australian opener has more than done his part for the side only to be let down by a shambolic middle-order.

Warner’s last two outings have both yielded fifties which has now taken his tournament tally to four half-centuries. Add in his superb ton against RCB and it is no surprise to see the southpaw pull away at the top of the run-scoring charts for IPL 2019 while leaving the others in his wake.

With a batting average of 80 and a strike-rate of over 140, Warner is the clear-cut choice for the batsman’s slot and should be expected to continue his rich vein of form.

Warner is in red-hot form in the IPL. Image credit - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Warner is in red-hot form in the IPL. Image credit – BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

BOWLER

Imran Tahir – Chennai Super Kings (9 credits)

While Warner is topping the batting charts so far, Tahir is giving Kagiso Rabada a close run for his money for the ‘Purple Cap’ (most wickets).

The veteran leg-spinner has been the pick of CSK’s bowlers this season and has answered skipper MS Dhoni’s call whenever the situation has demanded.

The Proteas leggie has already claimed 13 wickets in eight appearances while maintaining an excellent economy-rate of less than six runs an over.

Tahir is fresh from his four-wicket haul against KKR at Eden Gardens and will relish the prospect of adding to his tally on a similar kind of surface at Hyderabad.

ALL-ROUNDER

Ravindra Jadeja – Chennai Super Kings (8.5 credits)

With spin set to play a major part at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Jadeja gets the nod for the all-rounder’s slot.

The CSK star has looked solid with the ball and in the field and has been his usual busy self. His left-arm spin has already fetched him seven wickets and his economy-rate is not bad either at only 6.46.

In Chennai’s most recent encounter against KKR, Jadeja chipped in with a crucial unbeaten cameo of 31 runs with the bat as well. The left-hander will be riding high on confidence after making the cut for India’s 2019 World Cup squad and he should be among the points once again on Wednesday based on his current form.

WICKETKEEPER

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad (9.5 credits)

This was a close call between Bairstow and Dhoni but it is the former who gets the nod due to the advantage of playing in home conditions.

The England wicketkeeper batsman has been excellent alongside Warner in the opening role for Hyderabad in his maiden IPL campaign. Bairstow’s 304 runs so far have come at an average of approximately 43 along with a strike-rate of over 156.

The explosive opener had a mini slump of two matches but he looked close to matching his early-season form in the most recent clash against Delhi Capitals.

Expect Bairstow to cash in again with the bat along with his fair share of points behind the stumps as well.

Jonny Bairstow.

Jonny Bairstow. Image – BCCI/SPORTZPICS

CAPTAIN – Imran Tahir

VICE CAPTAIN – Jonny Bairstow

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IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad look to arrest slump against leaders CSK

Ashish Peter 16/04/2019
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SRH in desperate need of a win. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The finalists of the last edition meet for the first time in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with Sunrisers Hyderabad set to play host to Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

But while defending champions CSK are looking like the team to beat once again after registering seven wins from eight games, Sunrisers find themselves struggling at the bottom half of the table instead following a spate of recent setbacks.

Hyderabad were flying in the early stages of the competition after opening the campaign with a narrow loss to Kolkata Knight Riders. Last season’s runners-up followed that loss up with three straight wins to assert their credentials once again but that streak now seems like a distant memory after three losses in a row.

BATTING COLLAPSES PLAGUE SRH

The latest of Hyderabad’s loss came against Delhi Capitals where they collapsed dramatically from 101-2 to be bowled out for 116 ultimately in chase of 156.

It was not the first batting collapse at home this season for SRH who suffered a similar fate against Mumbai Indians where Alzarri Joseph’s 6-12 saw them being bundled out for just 96 runs while attempting to chase a modest total of 137.

Hyderabad’s batting vulnerability is all the more shocking considering they have the most formidable opening pairing of all eight teams. The Australia-England combination of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has so far contributed 704 runs in total but a shaky middle-order has seen the side struggle recently despite the openers’ dominance.

NABI CONUNDRUM

To arrest their batting woes, Hyderabad reinstated skipper Kane Williamson into the playing XI for the clash against Delhi with Mohammad Nabi dropping to the bench.

The Afghan all-rounder had been nothing short of exceptional for the franchise in his four appearances previously which had seen him claim seven wickets while maintaining an astounding economy-rate of just 5.49.

It was hard to justify Nabi’s exclusion and Williamson did himself no favours with a scratchy eight-ball innings which yielded just three runs. The Kiwi top-order batsman will likely keep his place given the batting shortcomings of Hyderabad but he will need to replicate his 2018 displays with the bat soon while Nabi continues to sit out.

Nabi has been excellent. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Nabi has been excellent. Image – BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

CSK ON A ROLL

While SRH are struggling to hit the same heights as last season, Chennai are having no such troubles with MS Dhoni and his men running away at the top of the table.

The three-time champions have only been beaten by Mumbai Indians this campaign and come into the clash on the back of a four-game winning run which includes two victories over the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders.

The clash against Hyderabad will be the third straight match on the road for CSK with another away clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore to follow.

The defending champions hold the upper hand over SRH when it comes to recent meetings with Dhoni’s men emerging on top in each of the four encounters between the two sides in the 2018 edition, including the final.

TEAM NEWS

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo continues to be sidelined for CSK after picking up a hamstring injury and as such, New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner should continue to keep his place in the playing XI.

LIKELY XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh.

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IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma - Hardik Pandya had a point to prove

Sudhir Gupta 15/04/2019
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Pandya shines in Mumbai's win. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has lauded Hardik Pandya for yet another excellent match-winning contribution in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Pandya struck an unbeaten 37 off just sixteen deliveries after picking up a wicket with the ball earlier to lead Mumbai to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai on Monday. The right-hander struck 22 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Pawan Negi to set up the fifth win of the season for Mumbai.

It was the continuation of what it turning out to be an excellent IPL 2019 campaign with the bat for Pandya and the all-rounder’s importance to the squad was not lost on skipper Rohit.

It had been a difficult past year or so for Pandya at the international level with injuries and controversies seeing him sidelined for a lengthy spell. The all-rounder has now scored 186 runs in the ongoing IPL campaign at an average of nearly 47 along with a strike-rate of over 191.

“Yeah, he (Hardik Pandya) has been at a different level,” an elated Rohit said after Mumbai’s fifth win of the season.

“He wanted to contribute with bat and ball in this particular season. He didn’t have much cricket before IPL so he wanted to prove a point, to himself more than anyone else.

“The way he’s hitting holds us in a better position. It will help us win those crucial games.”

Rohit also hailed the impact of Lasith Malinga who picked up 4-31 with the ball on his return to the Mumbai playing XI. The veteran Sri Lanka pacer had missed the last three clashes but he came back all guns firing with an exceptional display, especially in the death overs to help restrict RCB to just 171-7.

“I’ve been talking about him more often, how he’s been an important member of this squad. His performance matters to us. Now he’s back from Sri Lanka with that sort of performance. It will help us moving forward because his form is very critical,” said Rohit.

“Trust me, bowling at Wankhede in the death overs is not easy. He held his nerve against one of the best in the world,” he added.

Malinga himself was delighted to get back into the thick of things after having to juggle between his Sri Lankan domestic cricket and IPL commitments.

“Last couple of weeks have been a tough time for me, I had to go to Sri Lanka and play the domestic tournament. But I realised that when I get a chance, I have to give 100 per cent,” said Malinga after being awarded with the man-of-the-match award.

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