IPL 2019 Fantasy: Sanju Samson and Shreyas Gopal among top picks for RCB v Rajasthan Royals

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Samson and Shreyas Gopal. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 49 with Royal Challengers Bangalore set to host Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

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

AB de Villiers – Royal Challengers Bangalore (10.5 credits)

No other batsmen invokes as much fear as AB de Villiers who has still managed to make a decent contribution despite Bangalore’s struggles.

The South African’s form has been mixed this campaign but there has been no stopping him once he sets himself at the crease. Five half-centuries have come from de Villiers’ bat while his average is a terrific one at nearly 54 runs.

He failed to fire in the most recent clash against Delhi Capitals but he will be determined to put in a big show in what is the side’s final outing at home.

BOWLER

Shreyas Gopal – Rajasthan Royals (9 credits)

In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Royal Challengers’ batting line up was blown away by a Shreyas Gopal storm with the Rajasthan leg-spinner picking up three wickets in his side’s victory.

More than the wickets, it was the manner in which Gopal took them which was impressive with the leggie sending back both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Being a local Karnataka boy, the Chinnaswamy Stadium is a ground Gopal knows all too well and he could wreck further havoc on RCB come Tuesday.

With 15 dismissals to his name this season, Gopal is the fourth highest wicket-taker and he looks primed to add to that tally.

ALL-ROUNDER

Marcus Stoinis – Royal Challengers Bangalore (9 credits)

There are not too many all-round options on either side but with Moeen Ali’s tournament now over, Marcus Stoinis seems like the best pick.

The Australian all-rounder has been decent if not excellent with the bat where he has scored 211 runs at an average of over 70 while coming in at the death overs.

Stoinis hasn’t been too shabby with the ball either with his gentle medium-pace fetching two wickets at an economy-rate of less than nine runs an over.

He has mostly come in to bat with just a few overs remaining but he is capable of putting together a big innings if promoted up the order.

WICKETKEEPER

Sanju Samson – Rajasthan Royals (9 credits)

While RCB’s Parthiv Patel has been in solid form of late, his Rajasthan counterpart Sanju Samson wins this battle due to his sheer brilliance at times.

The Kerala-born wicketkeeper batsman showed what he is capable of with a superb ton against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this season and has played a few other handy knocks for Rajasthan over the course of the season.

While he might be guilty of throwing away promising starts in cheap fashion at times, Samson is one of the most elegant batsmen to watch when in full flow. With all the classical shots in his book, the right-hander could strike it big on a Bangalore pitch where runs have flowed all season.

He is coming off the back of an unbeaten 48 against SRH and should be in good touch for the RCB clash.

CAPTAIN – Sanju Samson

VICE CAPTAIN – AB de Villiers

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IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals have it all to do against a RCB side with nothing to lose

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Rajasthan's Sanju Samson. Image - @rajasthanroyals/Twitter.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off race is all but done as Royal Challengers Bangalore get ready to host Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

With their 16-run loss to Delhi Capitals on Sunday, RCB can bid goodbye to any slim hopes of making the play-offs, although mathematically, Virat Kohli and his men can still finish in the top-four.

For Rajasthan, however, a second play-off qualification in a row still remains in sight despite the ever-tightening race for the remaining two spots.

NO ROOM FOR ERROR FOR RAJASTHAN

While defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have confirmed their place in the play-offs, there are as many as five teams vying for the third and fourth spots. Of them, Mumbai Indians seem the best placed to advance with their two-point lead over the remaining four teams in the fray – Rajasthan, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Of the four teams tied on 10 points apiece, Rajasthan are the worst-off currently with their dismal net run-rate and as such, have it all to do. Steve Smith and his men will need to win both their remaining fixtures at any cost if they are to make the play-offs with even one false misstep enough to bring the curtains down on their campaign.

SMITH’S LAST HURRAH

Tuesday’s clash at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will be the final IPL 2019 appearance for Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith who will depart to join Australia’s 2019 World Cup training camp.

The Australian batsman has come into his own since replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the Rajasthan skipper with two fifties in his last four outings. The right-hander has marshalled his troops well since donning the captaincy hat with Rajasthan registering three victories in four games under his tenure.

With Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes having already left for England duty, the onus on Smith to deliver for Rajasthan has become even greater. The Aussie will want to sign off the IPL on a high and will be desperate to give Rajasthan a fighting chance ahead of their final league fixture against Delhi Capitals.

Smith's final outing. Image - @rajasthanroyals/Twitter.

Smith’s final outing. Image – @rajasthanroyals/Twitter.

NOTHING TO LOSE FOR RCB

“The important thing now, even in the last two games we’ve got, is to just go out there and have fun,” RCB skipper Virat Kohli stated after the team’s loss to Delhi on Sunday.

With play-off qualification now an improbable dream, there isn’t really anything to play for when it comes to the Royal Challengers. As such, Kohli and his men now become a dangerous opponent for any side still hoping to seal a top-four berth.

Their failure to register a single victory in their first six games has proved to be costly with the resurgence coming too late. The fact that their in-form all-rounder Moeen Ali returned to England did not help their cause against Delhi either.

With two games still to play, expect RCB to ring in the changes and give fringe players an opportunity. That could mean the likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme could get a chance to feature in the playing XI on Tuesday.

Nothing really to lose for RCB. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

Nothing really to lose for RCB. Image – @IPL/Twitter.

LIKELY XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Akshdeep Nath, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Player’s Code of Conduct.

The incident occurred during Mumbai’s clash against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday when Rohit was batting at the crease. With Mumbai chasing a target of 233 runs, Rohit was adjudged lbw by the umpire in the fourth over the innings after the right-hander had missed a hook off Harry Gurney.

Showing his frustration at the decision, the Mumbai opener broke the stumps at the non-striker’s end with his bat and exchanged a few words with the umpire before making his way off the field.

Rohit has accepted the charge under Level 1 of 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct.

Mumbai Indians ultimately went on to lose the match by 34 runs despite a valiant effort from all-rounder Hardik Pandya who struck the fastest half-century of the 2019 edition.

The loss means that the three-time champions will have to wait another game at least before they can confirm their spot in the play-offs. As of now, defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals are the two sides to have secured their place in the play-offs.

Mumbai are currently third on the table with 14 points from 12 games so far and need at least one win in their remaining clashes against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad to guarantee a spot in the top-four.

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