When you have gold dust in your dug out but you decide to keep it in rather than flaunting it out, you should be ready to deal with the consequences. Delhi Daredevils made a huge blunder by saving Chris Morris for the end, when he should have been out there bludgeoning the bowlers to all parts of the ground. In their attempt to surprise the opposition, DD have time and again missed the plot this season. They need to understand that their best players(Pant and Morris) need to be out on the field for the majority of the time, as they are the one’s who will be guiding them to the IPL trophy.
Kane Williamson ruled the roosts last night, scoring a beautifully constructed 89 to put up an above par score for the Sunrisers. And with DDs bizarre tactics taking centre stage in the second innings, all Sunrisers had to do was hold their nerve right till the end.
Let’s get to business now!
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Transfer out: Virat Kohli/Chris Morris, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer
Transfer in: Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya
The Kings XI Punjab just seem to have lost their way, after a positive start to their campaign. The clarity of thought seems to have gone missing, and the ‘fearless attitude’ that was fostering in the camp is now looking for ways to make a brisk comeback. Glenn Maxwell’s dip in form has to be the major reason as to why Kings XI seemed to have lost the plot. Actually, none of the overseas stars are making any suitable contribution and Sehwag will need to make some tough calls to get this team back on track.
Mumbai Indians are enjoying their best ever start to an IPL season, having won 4 out of their 5 fixtures. Their bowlingc combination seems to be working perfectly, as they have two quality death bowlers, a bowler who can bounce you out at will, a tweaker who can beat you in flight, and a left arm spinner who can vary his length to perfection.
It’s their batting that doesn’t spark the same kind of confidence, despite Nitish Rana’s heroics at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma needs to understand that he is of more value to the team by opening the batting and not in the middle order. They should drop Parthiv Patel, give the gloves to Jos Buttler and get Ambati Rayudu in the middle order, but knowing Mumbai, it will take them a few losses to think straight.
Now, I don’t have any player from this game in my side, so I might have to go a little shopping tonight.
Players in the consideration set: Glenn Maxwell, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hashim Amla, Jos Buttler.
The first player that I get in for tonight’s game is Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah has been a little off colour this season but do not count him out as of now as he is India’s go to death bowler. Get him in, he could easily come up with a Bhuvi-esque performance today(5 wicket haul).
Now, the second transfer would be one from Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell. Both these players have made it a point to not open the batting despite achieving so much success opening the batting for their respective nations. As they both prefer to bat in the middle overs than at the top, I’ll get in whoever bats first.
Hashim Amla plays a little too slow for my liking and wouldn’t be able to cause a lot of damage even if he scores 30-40 odd runs. Jos Buttler doesn’t really look very settled and at this stage of the tournament I would go for a player who has a feel for the tournament and has been consistent all through.
For the uncapped player, I’ll be getting in Krunal Pandya!
Captain: Jasprit Bumrah
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