We are past the halfway point of IPL 2019 and by now fans must have a decent idea as to how to navigate the world of IPL Fantasy League.
It’s round five of the fantasy league which is run by Dream 11, official partners of IPL, and we are here to help you make the right calls. Once again, just five trades are allowed for this round.
TOP TIP ROUND 5
Go big on Delhi, Punjab tricky proposition
Delhi Capitals play three matches this round. They are on the rise in this year’s IPL and have two almost guaranteed fantasy mines in Rishabh Pant and Kagiso Rabada. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, have gone off the boil and also play just the one game this round. But they have two mouthwatering options in KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. So tread carefully. Also, the injuries are starting to pile up for Andre Russell which make him a risky pick.
AB de Villiers (10.5 credits)
The RCB batsman has regained his touch for sure. While Bangalore have gone from bad to worse, at least ABD is firing again. Three fifties in his last four innings mean the South African star is going to set the fantasy registers ringing.
David Warner (11 cr)
The Sunrisers batsman must be on a high after learning of his inclusion in Australia’s World Cup squad. With 400 runs already under his belt, the left-handed batsman is in vintage form and should bring in consistent points. He plays at home twice and if he gets decent pitches, he’ll be unstoppable.
Shreyas Iyer (9 cr)
The Delhi Capitals skipper has been a quiet performer this season as a batsman and leader. Delhi are comfortable near the top of the points table and Iyer has been consistent as well with three 40-plus scores in his last four matches.
Kagiso Rabada (8.5 cr)
The Delhi pacer has been unplayable at times. Plus, he is top wicket taker this season. It won’t be the worst idea to not only have him in your team but as your vice-captain as well. He’s averaging nearly two wickets per game.
Imran Tahir (7.5 cr)
The Chennai veteran leg-spinner is having an absolute ball in IPL 2019. Not only does he have 13 wickets from eight matches, his economy is a staggering 5.7. When he gets a wicket, he gets them by the bagful. An absolute steal at 7.5.
Yuzvendra Chahal (8.5 cr)
Another jewel in the crumbling crown of RCB. The leg-spinner has been brilliant as far as taking wickets and keeping the runs down are concerned. Has gone wicketless just once, going from strength to strength.
Chris Morris (8 cr)
The Delhi all-rounder has been in peak form this season. Has been used as an enforcer by Delhi, with 11 wickets from six matches. Yet to get a decent outing with the bat but more than capable of hitting the long ball.
Moeen Ali (8 cr)
RCB’s England all-rounder scored a fifty and took two wickets in the last game against Mumbai. With just two weeks to go before he leaves for England to join the World Cup camp, expect Moeen to up the ante with bat and ball. Moeen has an economy of 6.3 – the fifth best in the league.
Rishabh Pant (9.5 cr)
Straightforward call there. The Delhi keeper will get three outings this round and after missing out on World Cup selection, will have a point to prove. Has got quick starts in almost every innings, plus dismissals in all but one game.
MS Dhoni (9.5 cr)
The Chennai skipper is fired up alright. Was lucky to get away with just a fine for ‘engaging’ with the umpire after re-entering the field against Rajasthan. Looks on top of his game with the glove and bat. Out for less than 20 just twice.
Captain: Rishabh Pant
Vice-captain: Kagiso Rabada
Ravi Ashwin and his KXIP side have tasted three defeats in four outings coming into the clash and find themselves at fifth spot in the league table.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, are fresh from a win over Mumbai Indians and are searching for their third victory of the 2019 campaign.
Will KXIP get back to winnings ways or will the Royals make it two away victories in a row? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Mohali below.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
CAPTAIN – Imran Tahir
VICE CAPTAIN – Jonny Bairstow