It is the week that some international names start to the leave IPL 2019, which means selections become tricky.
Round six of the fantasy league which is run by Dream 11, official partners of IPL, is upon us and and we are here to help you make the right calls. With just five trades allowed for this round, here are our top tips.
TOP TIP FOR ROUND 6
Avoid top Englishmen and Delhi
England’s World Cup players are to leave the tournament before April 25, which means star names like Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes won’t be available while Jos Buttler has already left.
Jofra Archer and Sam Curran should be available for fantasy selection so choose wisely. Also, Sunrisers Hyderabad play three games this round while Delhi Capitals play just the one. So yes to David Warner and think twice about Rishabh Pant or Kagiso Rabada.
David Warner (11 cr)
The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener is going at a million miles at the moment, failing to score a fifty just twice in nine innings. The southpaw is guaranteed to pile on more runs before he joins the Australian team at the end of the month.
Chris Gayle (10 cr)
The Caribbean icon has breezed to 421 runs from just nine innings with four fifties under his belt. The Kings XI Punjab batsman has turned back the clock in grand style and should be a safe choice. The sixes will continue to flow as long as he is there.
Virat Kohli (11.5 cr)
Desperate times for RCB mean skipper Kohli has cranked it up to 11. Bangalore can’t afford a single slip-up now, which means Kohli should get runs on board through sheer determination. Has been just below his best but still has a ton and two fifties so far.
Dale Steyn (8 cr)
The Royal Challengers have found a lethal weapon in their old acquisition. The South African veteran has picked up four wickets in two matches and looks good for many more given the nature of wickets this season.
Rashid Khan (9.5 cr)
With no word yet as to when Afghanistan players need to leave the IPL for World Cup preparations, chances are Rashid will play the three games for SRH. He only has nine wickets from nine games but that’s because batsmen are just playing him off. The wickets should come soon.
Imran Tahir (7.5 cr)
The Chennai leg-spinner is a must have in all teams and more so this round as the Super Kings are playing both their matches at home. He already has 16 scalps from 10 matches and should end up with loads more.
Andre Russell (10 cr)
The Knight Riders all-rounder has hurt his wrist and has been in pain every time he has gone out to bat. But Russell continues to muscle those sixes out of the park. If he manages to preserve his wrist, fielders better get ready to retrieve the ball from the stands.
Ravindra Jadeja (8 cr)
A quiet performer this season for Chennai. Should relish the spinning conditions at the Chepauk. Hasn’t had many chances to bat but provides extra points for his stupendous fielding.
MS Dhoni (9.5 cr)
The Chennai superstar almost pulled off an incredible win against RCB by hitting 84 off 48. Should get a shot at more dismissals keeping on a spinning Chennai pitch. His back is a concern but that has been the case for many seasons.
KL Rahul (10.5 cr)
The Kings XI opener has risen to the top tier of batsmen this IPL with a shade under 400 runs from 10 matches. Back with the keeper’s gloves so should get a chance to get a few dismissals under his belt.
Captain: David Warner
Vice-captain: KL Rahul
Having gained victory over Mumbai Indians at the same venue after instating Steve Smith as skipper instead of Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan find themselves in seventh spot in the table with six points from nine clashes so far.
Delhi, on the other hand, are flying high in third spot following their win over Kings XI Punjab in their last encounter.
Will Rajasthan manage to keep their slim play-off ambitions alive or will the young Delhi side add another scalp to their name? Follow the ball-by-ball action from Jaipur below to find out.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni hit a merciless 84 not out off just 48 balls on Sunday but that wasn’t enough as Royal Challengers Bangalore edged home by one run and kept their IPL hopes alive.
Chennai were down and almost out at 28-4 chasing 162 after RCB quick Dale Steyn had rocked the top order. But Dhoni took the game right to the last over where he dared to score the required 26 off six balls.
Dhoni smashed seamer Umesh Yadav’s first three balls for four, six and six. The game was now within reach and with eight needed off two balls, Dhoni launched the hapless quick over midwicket as the equation came down to two off the last ball.
Yadav bowled a slower one to Dhoni which the veteran missed keeper Parthiv Patel affected a run-out off the attempted bye as RCB held on to a one-run win.
The Super Kings remained at the top of the table after their third defeat in 10 games while RCB are still at the bottom of the table with just their third win after 10 matches.
Parthiv takes control
With RCB batting first,Chennai seamer Deepak Chahar got the ball to swing away late and had skipper Virat Kohli in all sorts of trouble. He got an edge over slips before nicking a full away swinger to keeper Dhoni, showing he remains susceptible to the away swinging ball.
AB de Villiers looked good before mistiming Ravindra Jadeja to long off for 25. It was left to opener Parthiv Patel to press the accelerator and the left-hander did just that, racing to 53 off 37 with two hits to the fence and four maximums.
Patel’s spark covered up Bangalore’s bizarre ploy to hold back in-form power hitter Moeen Ali to number six after the Englishman had spanked two fifties at the No4 position.
Moeen made 26 off 16, while Akshdeep Nath (24 off 20) and Marcus Stoinis (14 off 13) didn’t do much before him. Still, a total of 161-7 was put on the board.
Steyn stuns Chennai
There was still some juice in the pitch. And Steyn (2-29) knows how to extract it. In one of the liveliest new-ball spells of the season, Steyn got out-of-form Shane Watson to edge a rising away swinger to first slip before castling Suresh Raina with a quick yorker first ball.
Fellow quick Umesh hurried Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav with short balls that were caught inside the circle as Bangalore pushed the table toppers onto the backfoot.
Dhoni fights back
Be it India or Chennai Super Kings, it’s always Dhoni who has to clean up after a batting collapse. At 28-4, RCB were all over Chennai and Dhoni did what he does best – blunt the attack and take the match into the final 20 minutes.
He first added 55 for the fifth wicket with Ambati Rayudu before taking it upon himself to finish the game. The equation was still in Bangalore’s favour when 49 were needed off the final three overs but Dhoni wasn’t done yet.
Dhoni’s innings included five fours and as many as seven sixes, with the first six in the final over of the match going out of the ground.