IPL 2019 Fantasy: Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan among top picks for Mumbai Indians v SRH

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Pandya is the man in form. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

The 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season heads into match 51 with Mumbai Indians set to play host Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.

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

Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Indians (9.5 credits)

It hasn’t really been a prolific season for Mumbai skipper Rohit so far despite returning to his favoured opening position.

The right-handed batsman has managed to register just the sole half-century so far in 11 innings with his average a modest 27.90.

The only reason Rohit gets our nod as the batting pick is due to the absence of David Warner whose campaign has come to an end. While Rohit has failed to really get going this season, his quality has never been in doubt and it should show up on the pith sooner rather than later.

With a win on Thursday guaranteeing Mumbai a play-off spot, Rohit should have the extra motivation to put up a strong display.

BOWLER

Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad (9 credits)

Despite the presence of Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga in the Mumbai line up, it is Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan who is our pick among bowlers.

The Afghanistan leg-spinner hasn’t quite taken the IPL by storm as he did in the previous two editions but has been making the difference for his side nevertheless.

His 12 matches have yielded 14 wickets so far with only six other bowlers having a more prolific campaign than him. What differentiates Rashid from the rest of the pack has been his excellent ability to control the flow of runs.

The No1 ranked T20 bowler in the world has maintained an economy-rate of just 6.18 this season which is the lowest among any players to have picked up at least 10 wickets.

That he comes into the clash on the back of his best performance in the campaign so far (3-21 against KXIP) is another reason to bank on Rashid’s leg-spin in the Fantasy line up.

ALL-ROUNDER

Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians (10 credits)

This category is a no-contest with Hardik Pandya blowing everyone else out of the water. The Mumbai all-rounder has been nothing short of sensational this campaign with his latest display easily one of the best innings so far in the competition.

Pandya struck the fastest fifty of the 2019 edition (17 balls) in a 34-ball 91 which came in a losing cause against Kolkata Knight Riders. His overall tally with the bat stands at 355 runs which have come at an average of 50.71 along with a strike-rate of nearly 200.

27 sixes have come off Pandya’s bat in just 12 matches which is extraordinary considering he has come in to bat mostly in the death overs. He has been mighty effective with the ball in hand too despite being a small bit expensive with his medium-pace fetching 10 wickets.

WICKETKEEPER

Quinton de Kock – Mumbai Indians (9.5 credits)

Although Wriddhiman Saha did play a fine cameo up top for SRH in their most recent outing, this slot is a no-contest as well with Quinton de Kock getting our nod.

The Proteas wicketkeeper batsman had a disappointing time at RCB last year but he has been a man transformed in the blue jersey of Mumbai. The South African has already registered three half-centuries so far this campaign while his strike-rate has been a healthy 136.

With 393 runs in 12 innings, de Kock is close to surpassing his best-ever IPL campaign in 2017 where he scored a total of 445 runs.

After being dismissed for a duck in his latest outing against KKR, de Kock will be eager to bounce back and regain the excellent form he has shown for a large part of the season.

CAPTAIN – Hardik Pandya

VICE CAPTAIN – Quinton de Kock

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