IPL 2019 Fantasy: Rashid Khan and Ravi Ashwin among top picks for SRH v KXIP

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David Warner and Rashid Khan. Image - BCCI/SPORTSZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 48 with Sunrisers Hyderabad set to host Kings XI Punjab on Monday.

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

David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (11.5 credits)

It speaks volumes about the kind of season David Warner is having that his most recent knock of 37 against Rajasthan Royals is viewed as a failure. It was only the third time in 11 innings the Australian has failed to score at least 50 runs.

His run of five successive half-centuries might have come to an end but Warner remains on top of the charts with his run-tally going past 600 for the third IPL season in a row.

The left-hander is averaging 67.88 with the bat this year in the IPL and it is a shame that the rest of the SRH squad haven’t been able to back up his displays with more wins.

With his stay in the IPL set to come to an end soon, Warner will be looking to bid goodbye on a high in what is Hyderabad’s final home clash of the season.

BOWLER

Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad (9 credits)

While Warner has been Hyderabad’s standout performer with the bat, it is Rashid Khan who has been his equivalent with the ball.

The Afghanistan leg-spin sensation has not been as prolific as his previous two seasons for SRH yet has still managed to claim 11 wickets in as many appearances.

His wickets might have dried up but the economy-rate still remains a stellar one at just 6.27 runs an over. The No1 ranked T20 bowler in the world knows how to deliver on crunch occasions and with the pressure rising on Hyderabad, expect him to turn it up a notch on Monday.

He is also a handy lower-order batsman and could fetch a few bonus points in that department.

ALL-ROUNDER

Ravi Ashwin – Kings XI Punjab (9 credits)

While KXIP have struggled in recent games, the commitment of their skipper Ravi Ashwin cannot be doubted. The former CSK man has been leading from the front with the ball in hand this season and has even managed to outperform Rashid.

In 11 games, the wily off-spinner has picked up 12 wickets while maintaining an economy-rate of just over seven. Controversies aside, Ashwin has been a consistent performer throughout the campaign and has showed that there is space for finger spinners to thrive in T20 cricket in an era dominated by wrist-spinners.

Like Rashid, Ashwin too is no mug with the bat down the order and can do a decent job when given the chance.

Ravi Ashwin. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Ravi Ashwin. Image – BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

WICKETKEEPER

Nicholas Pooran – Kings XI Punjab (8.5 credit)

The Windies wicketkeeper batsman is as exciting a young talent as they come in limited-overs cricket and it was no surprise to see KXIP shell out the big bucks to secure his signature in the auction.

It took some time for Pooran to find his feet in his maiden IPL campaign but the left-hander finally arrived to the party in the clash against RCB where he struck a 28-ball 46.

Pooran struck five huge sixes in that blistering knock and that is exactly the kind of T20 prowess that he brings to the table for Punjab.

CAPTAIN – David Warner

VICE CAPTAIN – Ravi Ashwin

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