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.
AB de Villiers – Royal Challengers Bangalore (10.5 credits)
The South Africa is the most in-form batsmen from either side heading into the clash and looks set for another strong innings on Sunday.
After starting the campaign in indifferent form, de Villiers has turned on the style in recent matches and is now fifth in the run-scoring charts with 414 runs.
The 35-year-old has registered three half-centuries in his last four outings, with the latest of them being an unbeaten 44-ball 82 which helped his side beat KXIP.
With a batting average of nearly 60 and a strike-rate of over 158, de Villiers is starting to take the IPL by storm and he will be eager to put in a big performance on a pitch he only knows too well having previously played for Delhi.
Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Capitals (9.5 credits)
In the bowling department, de Villiers’ compatriot Kagiso Rabada is a straightforward pick with his stunning IPL campaign to date showing no signs of slowing down.
The express pacer has been key to Delhi’s resurgence this season and is leading the wicket-taking charts by some distance over his closest rival Imran Tahir. With 23 wickets in just 11 outings, Rabada has left every other bowler in his wake.
The most impressive aspect of the Proteas pacer’s displays have been his strike-rate and incredible consistency. With Rabada guaranteeing a wicket every 11 deliveries, it would be foolish to not lead with him in the Fantasy line ups.
Marcus Stoinis – Royal Challengers Bangalore (8.5 credits)
It is Australia’s Marcus Stoinis who gets the nod in the all-rounder’s department but it is more to do with circumstance than form.
With Moeen Ali returning for England duty, Stoinis is the only all-rounder who is guaranteed to feature in the playing XI of either side on Sunday. Delhi have Chris Morris and Axar Patel at their disposal while Bangalore also have Colin de Grandhomme but none of these players are certain to make the final cut.
As such, Stoinis is the safe pick and not a bad one at that. The Aussie has been solid with the bat where he is averaging nearly 60 and has scored some vital lower-order runs for RCB.
With the ball, Stoinis has not had many opportunities but has still managed to claim two wickets. With Moeen not available, the Australian’s bowling responsibilities might increase a notch and that could translate into more Fantasy points.
Rishabh Pant – Delhi Capitals (9.5 credits)
While Parthiv Patel is having a decent IPL campaign by his own right for RCB, it is Delhi’s Rishabh Pant who gets our nod following his excellent display against Rajasthan Royals.
The Delhi wicketkeeper batsman had to face the disappointment of losing out to Dinesh Karthik in India’s World Cup squad selection but he bounced back from that with a resounding unbeaten knock of 78 against Rajasthan which came off just 36 deliveries.
Pant is a difficult man to stop once he gets going as his 684 runs in the 2018 edition showed and the left-hander is starting to rediscover his old magic.
CAPTAIN – Rishabh Pant
VICE CAPTAIN – AB de Villiers
Having to win at any cost to keep their slim play-off ambitions alive, Rajasthan chased down Sunrisers’ total of 160-8 with five balls to spare with Sanju Samson remaining unbeaten on 48.
It was the fifth loss in seven games for Hyderabad and although they still hold the fourth and final play-off spot in the table, they are now joined by Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at 10 points apiece.
REVIVED PANDEY SLAMS SECOND CONSECUTIVE FIFTY
Sunrisers started in brisk fashion with the bat but a Shreyas Gopal googly saw the visitors lose skipper Kane Williamson early. With David Warner uncharacteristically struggling for boundaries at one end, it was Manish Pandey who ensured that Hyderabad remained on the front foot.
Having endured a miserable IPL campaign before exploding to life with an unbeaten 83 against CSK, Pandey made the most of his new-found form to rain boundaries at Jaipur.
Pandey brought up his second consecutive fifty off just 27 deliveries showing equal aggression against both pacers and spinners. While Warner failed to find a single boundary in his 32-ball stay at the crease, Pandey found the ropes on nine occasions to keep the rate of scoring at around 10 runs an over.
MUCH-MALIGNED UNADKAT LEADS RAJASTHAN FIGHTBACK
Hyderabad were cruising at 121-2 with Pandey firing on all cylinders before Steve Smith pulled off a sensational running catch to dismiss his compatriot Warner.
That wicket brought one more in no time with Pandey becoming Gopal’s second dismissal. Still, SRH were in an excellent position to cash in at the death overs but some excellent bowling and fielding led by Jaydev Unadkat saw the hosts come bounding back.
The left-arm seamer had been branded as the most expensive flop in the IPL by many but he finally showed his prowess on Saturday with the crucial wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Deepak Hooda. Unadkat was also excellent in the field with two superb catches as well with his contributions seeing SRH lose all steam in the death overs.
LIVINGSTONE FIRES TO PAVE WAY FOR RAJASTHAN WIN
A chase of even 161 against a formidable SRH bowling attack was never going to be an easy one but the blistering pace with which Rajasthan’s openers Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane attacked the powerplay overs meant that it was a cakewalk in the end for the hosts.
Featuring in only his second IPL outing, Livingstone launched a sensational attack on Hyderabad’s bowlers with the right-hander plundering three sixes and four boundaries in his 44-run cameo.
60 runs were added by the two openers in the powerplay with their stand extending to 78 before Livingstone finally fell to Rashid Khan. However, the platform set by Livingstone meant that the rest of the Rajasthan batsmen only had to go at run-a-ball to achieve victory and they made no mistake in that regard.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 160-8
Manish Pandey: 61 (36)
Jaydev Unadkat: 2-26
Rajasthan Royals: 161-3
Sanju Samson: 48 not out (32)
Liam Livingstone: 44 (26)
Two teams with contrasting fortunes face off on Sunday at Eden Gardens as Mumbai Indians show up in Kolkata on the back of a clinical win over table-topping Chennai Super Kings that gave them some breathing room in the race for the IPL 2019 playoff spots.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have lost six straight after a demoralising defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their last outing, throwing away a good start to the season and leaving their playoff hopes in peril.
A loss to Mumbai won’t be terminal, but it would leave them needing to win all their remaining games after not winning for three weeks.
POLLARD, RUSSELL FACE OFF…OR NOT
Both sides have two power-hitting West Indian all-rounders who are being underused by their teams. There have been calls for Andre Russell to bat at No 4 for KKR, and the same suggestion has been made for Mumbai Indians with Kieron Pollard – though calling him an all-rounder when he hasn’t bowled a ball this season is a stretch.
Russell is still Kolkata’s leading scorer and sixth on the IPL’s overall charts for this season – which shows how much the Knight Riders’ top order has struggled. Bringing him up the order could be the shot in the arm their playoff hopes need.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s top order has been consistent if not always explosive, and they’ve had Hardik Pandya for that. Since his match-winning 83 off 31 against Kings XI Punjab, Pollard has played five innings and not faced more than 12 deliveries, including two occasions where he came to the crease but didn’t face a ball.
After yet another belligerent knock for Kolkata this season, a disappointed Andre Russell said that he would have preferred to bat higher to give his side a better chance of chasing Bangalore’s target of 214 at the Eden Gardens. pic.twitter.com/CGyVpYS7Kb— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 20, 2019
KKR’S INDIAN BOWLERS UNDER SCRUTINY
While much has been made of Kolkata’s top-order struggles, their bowling woes have gone somewhat under the radar, yet they have the worst death-bowling economy of all teams this season. When you’re worse than Royal Challengers Bangalore in that department you have a problem.
Promising seamer Prasidh Krishna has struggled in the death – his last 1.2 overs against Rajasthan went for 23 runs – but KKR have had issues with most of their Indian bowlers, apart from Piyush Chawla. They went as far as to drop Kuldeep Yadav for the last game after the left-arm wrist-spinner’s horror season, with his latest outing leaving him in tears.
Yet his replacement, left-arm pacer Prithvi Raj, didn’t fare much better, and it might be that Yadav is in line for a swift recall. Mumbai opener Rohit Sharma has had well-documented struggles against spin, and Chawla and Yadav bowling in tandem could be the best strategy against the Indians skipper.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, M Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah