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IPL 2017 Fantasy Tips: Fantasy Guide for GL vs DD

Utkarsh Bhatla

Teams have had a simple approach to cricket all through. Get a solid opening partnership going, keep your wickets intact and go for the launch in the final few overs. But KKR have defied the age old approach to a batting innings. They have gone for the launch in the initial few, manoeuvred the ball around in the middle phase and have omitted the final phase all together, as no score has been big enough.

While it has been wonderful that the lower order hasn’t had to do much, in times when the onus has been on them to help KKR sail through, they have faltered. While a T20 game should be won by the top 3, the finishing touches need to be provided by the lower order batsmen, and KKR have lacked that big time. Chris Woakes and Yusuf Pathan have had an abysmal season with the bat and need to step up when needed, or else KKR could bid their title hopes goodbye.

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Chasing a total of 168, Lynn and Narine once again provided KKR with the perfect start, knocking the run rate issue out of the window. But Gambhir and Uthappa failed to do what they are generally so good at, manoeuvring the ball around and hitting that odd boundary. Gambhir was bogged down by Tewatia and Swapnil and ultimately holed out to mid wicket. Uthappa didn’t even try to stick around much, as she hit a wild swipe straight to mid wicket, leaving the lower order exposed. Much was expected from the lower order but none of them delivered and KKR succumbed to a loss despite a brilliant 80 odd from Lynn.

Kings XI have survived to live another day. Glenn Maxwell’s late order surge ensured that KXIP put up a respectable total on board, and with three spinners in the side, they were definitely expecting the pitch to offer some assistance to the bowlers, and assist it did. Swapnil, Tewatia and Axar helped put the brakes on the scoring during the middle overs to help Kings XI get a stranglehold on the game.

The battle isn’t even half won for KXIP though. 2 more games to go and for the lack of a better phrase, there is literally no margin for error.

Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils

Flabbergasted with their own performances, GL will take on DD in a ‘moot’ game for the franchises, but the players will have a lot to look forward to. For the domestic Indian players in both sides, this is another opportunity to play on a big stage, and as Harsha Bhogle said in the last night’s post match show, you never know who’s watching.

GL have a slight ‘overseas’ player crunch. But that didn’t seem to affect them in the last game, as they went in with just 3 overseas players, and emerged victorious.

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Delhi too have just witnessed a mass exodus of their overseas recruits, as Rabada, Morris and Mathews have left for international duty.

On a high scoring Kanpur ground, you can expect the wounded Lions and Daredevils to treat us with a high voltage encounter.

Let’s get to business now!

IPL Fantasy Tips on the next page:

IPL Fantasy League

Transfer out: ABD, Ankit Rajpoot

Transfer in: Rishabh Pant, Ankit Soni/Shahbaz Nadeem

Fantasy Tips for Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils
Fantasy Tips for Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils

Now, I already have Basil Thampi in my team for this game.

Rishab Pant will be my first transfer for this game. He absolutely bludgeoned the DD attack to all corners of the field the last time these two sides faced each other. His talent, his skill and his fire make him one of the brightest prospects for the Indian side in the years to come. Get him in, he could go bonkers tonight as well.

Due to the paucity of transfers I won’t be getting in any other player for this game.

If you do have more than 10 transfers, I would suggest getting in Suresh Raina for this game. He has been in brilliant nick in the past few games and the CT snub should fire him up a bit more. Also, with Rabada and Morris not playing this game, the short ball threat wouldn’t be that massive and hence Raina could easily help himself to a 50.

Finch has been pegged to the number 5 position and hence you can’t really be sure as to how many balls he would get to face.

For the uncapped player, I’ll be getting in either Shahbaz Nadeem or Ankit Soni, whoever bowls first. I can’t get in Shreyas Iyer because of the team combination constraint.

Captain: Rishabh Pant

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Transfer out: Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir

Transfer in: Mohammad Shami, Sanju Samson

Fandromeda Fantasy Tips for Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils
Fandromeda Fantasy Tips for Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils

Now, I already have Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina in my team for this game.

I’ll be making just one transfer for this game and that will be getting in either Samson or Karthik.

Samson’s batting position and the fact that Gujarat have a weaker bowling line up, tilts me a little towards Samson. Karthik has been coming in at number 4 in the last two games, but you never know, he could be pushed down to 5, as has been the case with him multiple times. Samson, who bats at the top of the order would get the lion share of the deliveries to make an impact, and thus I get in Samson.

Now, if you a lot of transfers left in the kitty and want to take advantage of DD’s schedule, you could probably draft in Mohammad Shami as well, as he will be DD’s goto death bowler, now that Rabada and Morris have left for international duty

Batting Captain: Rishabh Pant/Suresh Raina(whoever bats second)

Bowling Captain: Mohammad Shami

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