We are in the final stretch of IPL 2019 and round seven of the fantasy league – run by official partners Dream 11 – is upon us.
Things get tricky from here as England players have left and Australian players will depart this week, leaving the West Indies, New Zealand and South African players to chose from. All teams play two games each this week so there are no obvious picks or omissions.
With that said, here are our top tips to help you navigate this round of IPL fantasy.
TOP TIP FOR ROUND 7:
Be wary of tactical omissions
Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the knockouts. Chances are, they might rest some key players to keep them fresh for the next phase. Seamers Kagiso Rabada and Deepak Chahar might get some rest, so could MS Dhoni to mend his bad back and recover from illness.
Shikhar Dhawan (10.5 credits)
The Delhi Capitals batsman has improved as the tournament has gone on. Overcoming horrendous batting conditions at home, the southpaw has hit three successive fifties and three out of his last four games have come in Delhi where he has scored 35 or more. Should continue to do well.
Chris Gayle (10 cr)
The Kings XI Punjab batsman will soon be among the top three batsmen remaining in the competition. The left-hander has scored a fifty in three out of his last five games (before the SRH match). With both Punjab games at home, Gayle should be able to get a few more runs under his belt.
Ajinkya Rahane (9.5 cr)
Ever since the Rajasthan Royals captaincy burden has been taken away from him, Rahane has played like a rejuvenated batsman. A century and a couple of 30s in this last three games make the top order batsman a good option.
Kagiso Rabada (8.5 cr)
Why change what is working perfectly? The South African pace spearhead has been in sensational form for Delhi Capitals, with a staggering 25 wickets from 12 matches. A bit of a gamble whether he plays both games but worth it as he is averaging two wickets per match.
Rahul Chahar (7 cr)
The Mumbai Indians leg-spinner has been a revelation, picking up seven wickets in his last four games. Had an off day against Andre Russell, but who hasn’t? Has shown excellent control and variations so far so should be able to pick up a few more.
Varun Aaron (8 cr)
A late entry in IPL 2019, the Rajasthan Royals quick has been a breath of fresh air. Bowling at high pace and getting the ball to nip back in a mile, Aaron has stumped a few batsmen with his version of the knuckle ball. Should be fresh enough for more wickets.
Andre Russell (10 cr)
No point recommending anyone ahead of him here. The KKR marauder blasted his team management for pushing him down the order. Against Mumbai, he backed his words with a superlative all-round display of 80*, two wickets and two catches. Simply unstoppable.
Hardik Pandya (10 cr)
What Russell can do, Hardik can match. Against KKR, the Mumbai Indians star did the unthinkable and almost outplayed Russell with a sensational 91 off 34 balls. Plus he is picking up a wicket almost every game. A fantasy guarantee.
Rishabh Pant (9.5 cr)
While the Delhi keeper is known for his explosive batting, his keeping has been a big plus with Pant becoming the first gloveman to affect 20 dismissals in an IPL season. Expect him to be even more dangerous now that playoff spot has been secured.
Parthiv Patel (8.5 cr)
KL Rahul isn’t keeping gloves while Sanju Samson is a designated batsman. So RCB’s Parthiv Patel can be a safe pick for the two matches. There will hardly be any pressure on him as Bangalore are down and almost out, so that could work in Patel’s favour.
Captain: Andre Russell
Vice-captain: Shikhar Dhawan
Both teams are currently tied on 10 points apiece from 11 matches and have played a game less than the remaining six teams in the fray.
Sunrisers occupy the fourth and final play-off spot as of now with KXIP positioned in sixth place on the basis of their inferior net run-rate.
Which of the two teams will take a giant stride towards the IPL play-offs with a win? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Hyderabad below.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am always flummoxed about why Sanju Samson isn't playing at the highest level. He has everything needed. I would be very keen to know what is coming in the way of consistency, which is what is preventing him from being a regular India player.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 27, 2019
CAPTAIN – Sanju Samson
VICE CAPTAIN – AB de Villiers