IPL 2019 LIVE: Delhi Capitals look to seal play-off spot vs RCB

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Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Delhi Capitals are aiming to become the second team to confirm their 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off spot as they lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Currently in third spot in the standings with 14 points, Delhi will join defending champions CSK in the play-offs should they attain victory.

RCB, on the other hand, need to win all three of their remaining games to have any chance of making the final four. They are currently in the last spot with eight points to their tally.

Can Delhi clinch a play-off berth or will RCB live to fight another day and continue their recent resurgence? Follow the ball-by-ball action from the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium below to find out.

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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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IPL 2019: David Warner's stubborn consistency bodes well for SRH ahead of crunch tie with KXIP

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David Warner is the leading run-scorer in IPL 2019.

At the highest level, regardless of the sport, consistency is valued over most traits. When it comes to T20 cricket in particular, it’s extremely rare and certainly not as easy as David Warner‘s record makes it out to be.

The Australian’s return to competitive cricket, following his year-long suspension for ball tampering, has been an extraordinary one. At 32, Warner is producing some of the best form of his career, frequently delivering the goods for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League.

The opener’s outstanding performances in the current campaign regularly give his side’s innings a great start while his inclusion almost guarantees runs on the board, even when he isn’t in full flight – and therein lies the key.

Warner is capable of fireworks, that much is certain. He is one of the most explosive batsmen in the game and in the ongoing edition of the IPL itself, several knocks come to mind. There was an unbeaten 100 that came off 55 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, a 69 off 37 in the first encounter with Rajasthan Royals and a 67 off 38 in victory at home to Kolkata Knight Riders.

But masterful stroke play and devastatingly big hits in isolation haven’t accounted for his remarkable tally of seven fifties and one century in 11 innings this season. The demands of consistency go beyond capitalising when you’re striking the ball effortlessly.

No batsman can be on top form every time they walk out to the middle but fashioning a contribution at the crease regardless, rather than striking out cheaply is where Warner has excelled.

The southpaw was far from his best last week in Chennai against a formidable bowling attack, but he put in the hard work after opening partner Jonny Bairstow departed for a duck, running between the wickets excellently before accelerating onto a score of 57 off 45 deliveries.

It was hardly his best work but commendable nevertheless, even aggressive compared to his latest knock. A peculiar innings against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday saw Warner face 32 deliveries without dispatching the ball to the ropes even once.

For most batsmen, utilising 25 per cent of his side’s innings without striking a boundary is unforgivable, but Warner is not most batsmen. Few are better than the opener at working the ball into the gaps, punching it through the outfield and running hard between the wickets, a skill no doubt honed through years spent batting on large Australian grounds.

According to espncricinfo, 12.43 per cent of Warner’s IPL runs have come in twos and threes – the highest figure among the top five run-scorers.

Of course, a score of 37 off 32 balls in Jaipur is less than ideal in T20 cricket but there’s still something to be said of a batsmen who can register a strike rate of 115.62 in the shortest format without hitting a boundary.

In fairness, Warner did profit from five runs via an overthrow but on a slow-ish track, he supported Manish Pandey (61 off 36), giving the Indian strike where possible before perishing in an effort to cut loose – Steve Smith, also involved in the same ball tampering scandal, taking a superb diving catch at midwicket.

After an outstanding start to the season, three defeats in their last five have left Sunrisers occupying the final playoff spot with 11 matches played, four points adrift of Delhi Capitals in third. They’re level on 10 points with fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab who they host on Monday.

In the biggest game of their season yet, Sunrisers will rely on Warner – who has surpassed the 600-run mark for a third consecutive season – to come up trumps again, especially with Bairstow having left to join England’s World Cup camp.

Franchise captain Kane Williamson has returned to the fold and he boasts an impressive track record of his own in the IPL but with his comeback from injury still fresh, expectations are tempered.

Warner on the other hand is a victim of his own consistency. Boasting an average of 67.88 this season, he’s donned the Orange Cap for nearly the whole campaign.

After an unbeaten 70 against Kings XI in Mohali, can Warner deliver against the same opposition again? There are no guarantees in sport, but he’s certainly the safest bet.

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