IPL 2019 Fantasy: KL Rahul and Kagiso Rabada among top picks for Delhi Capitals vs KXIP

Ashish Peter 20/04/2019
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Rahul is averaging nearly 65 with the bat. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 37 with Delhi Capitals set to host Kings XI Punjab 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

Chris Gayle – Kings XI Punjab (10.5 credits)

One of the major reasons for Kings XI’s encouraging campaign so far has been the form of West Indies veteran Chris Gayle who is on course to better his 2018 tally of 368 runs by some distance.

The explosive Jamaican has already mustered 352 runs in the ongoing campaign at an average greater than 50 along with an impressive strike-rate of 155.

192 of those runs have come in Gayle’s three most recent outings and it is clear to see that the left-hander is a man in form.

26 sixes have already flowed from the opener’s blade this season and expect a few more of them to come at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

BOWLER

Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Capitals (9.5 credits)

No matter what the circumstances and conditions on offer, Kagiso Rabada has managed to conjure up wickets with a remarkable rate of consistency in what is turning out to be the best-ever IPL campaign for the South African.

The young pacer has been outstanding in both the powerplays and in the death overs for Delhi this season with his bowling making the difference on several occasions.

Rabada was slightly expensive in his last outing but still managed to pick up two wickets which have taken his season tally to 19 in nine matches.

The runaway leading wicket-taker of the 2019 edition is picking up a wicket every 14 deliveries with his current strike-rate and that alone is enough reason to pick up in the Fantasy line up.

ALL-ROUNDER

Ravichandran Ashwin – Kings XI Punjab (9 credits)

While he might not have made many fans with his ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler, there is no denying that Ravi Ashwin has left no stone unturned in his quest to take KXIP to the play-offs after the disappointment of the 2018 edition.

The Punjab skipper has been excellent both tactically and individually where he has chipped in with some vital contributions with both ball and bat.

The off-spinner has got limited opportunities with the bat but he has made it count big time with a strike-rate of 250.

With the ball, Ashwin has made full use of his enormous IPL experience and has contributed with 11 wickets which have come at a decent economy-rate of 7.44.

The pitch at Delhi has played slow all season and Ashwin can expect some decent purchase on the surface.

WICKETKEEPER

KL Rahul – Kings XI Punjab (10.5 credits)

While both KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are excellent candidates for the wicketkeeping gloves, our nod goes to the man who made the cut for India’s 2019 World Cup squad.

Rahul’s World Cup call up is no surprise with the form the KXIP opener has shown in the ongoing IPL campaign. A prolific return of a ton and four half-centuries already in nine innings is nothing short of sensational with the right-hander on course to match his 2018 displays.

There has been a notable increase in the maturity in Rahul’s batting this season and the KXIP man has managed to adapt himself well to different situations.

Averaging nearly 65 with the bat, Rahul is an automatic pick for the wicketkeeper’s slot even though it is likely that Nicholas Pooran could take the gloves on Saturday.

CAPTAIN – KL Rahul

VICE CAPTAIN – Kagiso Rabada

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IPL 2019: RCB centurion Virat Kohli credits Moeen Ali's all-round showing for win over KKR

Sudhir Gupta 19/04/2019
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As fluent a fifty as they come from Moeen. Image [email protected]/Twitter.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli credited Moeen Ali’s fine all-round show for his side’s thrilling 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

The England all-rounder defended 24 runs off the final over under extreme pressure despite Andre Russell and Nitish Rana threatening to pull of a miraculous win for KKR to lead RCB to only their second win of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

The win just about keeps Bangalore’s slim hopes of making the play-offs alive and it arrived on the back of a fine batting display from Moeen and Kohli.

After a slow start by RCB’s batsmen at the Eden Gardens, Moeen changed the complexion of the game with his second consecutive fifty in the competition which came at an electric pace.

The left-hander struck six sixes and five boundaries in a 28-ball stay which saw him collect 66 runs before Kohli’s fifth-ever IPL ton helped Bangalore post a commanding 213-4.

“Our communication around the second time (strategic timeout) was to get about 175,” said a visibly relieved Kohli after his side’s tense win.

“A bit of luck went our way, and we never thought we would get 200 plus. Moeen took the momentum from them and landed it back in our lap. He said, ‘I’m going to go now’ and I just asked him to go for it.

“He targetted the smaller boundaries and gave us some momentum in those two to three overs.”

The RCB and India skipper also lauded the contribution of Dale Steyn on his RCB return after a gap of nine years. The South African pacer’s early spell with the new ball proved to be crucial with his two wickets inside the first five overs allowing Bangalore to tighten the screws until the 10th over mark.

“The ball travels quickly, and the pitch is hard, and Russell is hitting the ball as well as anyone I know has. But Steyn used his experience well, and that allowed (Navdeep) Saini to also follow up. Picking up wickets is crucial, and we did that today,” explained Kohli.

The win helped RCB join Rajasthan Royals on four points although they remain in bottom-spot after nine games. For Kolkata, it was the fourth straight loss and it leaves them languishing in sixth-spot with four wins from their nine games.

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IPL 2019: Russell storm arrives too late as Kohli's fifth ton consigns KKR to fourth straight loss

Ashish Peter 19/04/2019
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Kohli's ton leads RCB to second win. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

Moeen Ali managed to defend 24 runs in the final over as Royal Challengers Bangalore survived a late Andre Russell assault to hold on for a 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Batting first, RCB amassed a daunting 213-4 in their 20 overs with skipper Virat Kohli bringing up his maiden ton of the season and fifth overall in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a special innings.

In reply, KKR looked down and out at one point before Russell and Nitish Rana brought them roaring back with a 119-run stand but they fell just short of the finish line to suffer their fourth consecutive defeat.

For Bangalore, it was only the second win of the campaign and it just about keeps their slim hopes of making a miraculous run to the play-offs alive.

MOEEN MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK FIFTIES

After registering only his second IPL half-century in the loss to Mumbai Indians, Moeen Ali made it two in a row with a terrific 28-ball cameo that fetched him 66 runs.

RCB had struggled to up the ante in the early half of their innings with the powerplay overs yielding only 42 runs but Moeen’s arrival to the crease changed all that in a jiffy with the Englishman striking the ball sweetly from the very go.

When the all-rounder arrived at the crease, Bangalore were 59-2 at the end of nine overs. By the time he departed at the end of the 16th over, the visitors had reached 149.

Dealing primarily in boundaries, Moeen struck six sixes and five fours in his brief but explosive stay at the crease. Kuldeep Yadav’s confidence was visibly shattered after Moeen took him on for 27 runs in a single over and even the left-hander’s dismissal off the last delivery provided the KKR wrist-spinner little consolation.

As fluent a fifty as they come from Moeen. Image -@IPL/Twitter.

As fluent a fifty as they come from Moeen. Image [email protected]/Twitter.

KOHLI CHANGES GEARS

A big reason behind RCB’s slow start with the bat had been Kohli struggling to time the ball initially. The Bangalore skipper was content to play second fiddle to Moeen in a terrific 99-run stand but changed gears to deadly effect after bringing up his half-century.

Kohli’s first 50 runs of the day came off 40 deliveries but the next 50 came in just 17 with the right-hander registering his fifth century in the IPL.

KKR’s bowlers had no respite with even Andre Russell facing the music from Kohli’s bat as the India superstar brought a packed Eden Gardens crowd to its feet.

Kohli’s sensational acceleration at the death was the reason RCB collected 92 runs off the final five overs with the top-order batsman deservedly getting to his ton off the penultimate delivery of the innings before holing out in the deep off the final ball.

RUSSELL STORM ARRIVES TOO LATE

That RCB held on for the win eventually was largely down to Dale Steyn’s excellent spell upfront on his return to the franchise after nearly a decade. Kohli’s men had picked up only three wickets in the powerplay overs previously in the current campaign but they claimed as many inside just five overs on Friday with Steyn accounting for two for them.

That excellent start with the ball which saw Kolkata restricted to 60-3 at the halfway mark proved to be crucial for the visitors with Russell and Nitish Rana turning the game on its head with some mighty hitting.

Rana kept the hosts in the game with a quick-fire fifty even as Russell warmed up with three consecutive sixes of Yuzvendra Chahal in the 15th over.

The pair rained down the sixes in the death overs and accounted for 14 of them between themselves in a breathtaking 119-run stand. However, even that assault which included 10 sixes from Russell’s bat alone fell just short in the end with Rana remaining stranded on a valiant unbeaten 85 (46).

BRIEF SCORES

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 213-4

Virat Kohli: 100 (58)

Moeen Ali: 66 (28)

Kolkata Knight Riders: 203-5

Nitish Rana: 85 not out (46)

Andre Russell: 65 (25)

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