Mumbai Indians have had a forgetful start to their 2018 IPL campaign, despite not having played very bad cricket. The team has shown a lot of spark, with different players standing up during different times of the tournament to almost take MI over the line, but somehow they have failed as a unit during the key moments of a game.
It’s been frustrating for the fans, but not disheartening, as the cricket that is being played is of the highest quality.
They have their backs against the wall at the moment, but taking cue from history, Mumbai Indians should be in the ‘playoff mix’ during the business end of the tournament.
Sunrisers looked to be on course for a playoff spot, but a couple of losses on the trot have jolted their aspirations.
Moreover, injuries to Dhawan, Bhuvi and Yusuf mean that they’ll have to shuffle their Indian domestic players around and hope that their bench strength can rise to the occasion.
Dhawan could be in line for selection, as the team management feels that he might recover in time for the game.
Let’s get to business now!
IPL Fantasy League(Fantasy Tips for MI vs SRH)
Transfer out: Bhuvi, Rishabh Pant, Rahul Tewatia
Transfer in: Kane Williamson, Siddharth Kaul, Shikhar Dhawan
Now, I already have Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah and Rashid Khan in my side for this game.
Now, Bhuvi has been ruled out of this clash because of an apparent back injury. No information has been provided with respect to his return date, so you can’t really be sure if he’ll be back in time for SRH’s game day after tomorrow.
If Dhawan is indeed fit, you could try and draft him in, but I wouldn’t be very keen on it, as the elbow injury will surely have some effect on his movement.
However, if you want to bring in just one from Williamson and Dhawan, getting in Williamson would be the safer choice here, as he was in impeccable touch in the last game and is sure to play today.
So, if Dhawan doesn’t play, get in Williamson, else, still go in with Williamson, as the elbow injury could hamper Dhawan’s movement, if he is forced in at the last moment.
Sandeep Sharma will be drafted in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the prodigious swing that he gets early on could render Lewis’ challenge useless and hence I keep Evin Lewis out for this one as well.
Mitch McCleneghan doesn’t exude a lot of confidence in Fantasy managers as he could be given a good tap on days and could run away with a couple of wickets on another. Should you get him in?
I think he could be a great differential, especially against a team that doesn’t really have the best finishers around.
The reason why he is not a top fantasy pick this year is that MI have two designated death overs bowlers in Fizz and Bumrah, and thus McCleneghan would be robbed off those cheap wickets during the dying stages of a game.
For the uncapped player, I’ll get in one from Siddharth Kaul and Ishan Kishan. However, my team combination forces me to go in with Kaul, as I already have 5 batsmen in my side.
Now, with Pant in my side, I can afford to transfer him out and get in Dhawan, who will play twice before DD play next. Hence, despite the paucity of transfers, I get Dhawan in, but only if he plays, of course.
Match Powerplayer- Jasprit Bumrah(if MI bowl first)/Rohit Sharma(if MI bat first)
2nd innings powerplayer- Kane Williamson(if SRH bat second)/Rashid Khan(if SRH bat second)
Note: As I have 9 players in my team for this game, I’ll be playing my 1st multiplier today
Fandromeda(Fantasy Tips for MI vs SRH)
Transfer out: Ben Stokes, Mayank Agarwal, Bhuvi
Transfer in: Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan
Now, I already have Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Markande, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvi in my side for this game.
Williamson would be the first player that I get in my team for this game. The Kiwi and SRH captain was brilliant with the bat in the last game and with two SRH games lined up in 3 days, he becomes one of the safest choices.
Now, I’ll be making two more changes to my side. One would be a direct shootout between Krunal and Shakib, and the other would definitely be Rashid Khan.
Between Krunal and Shakib, I am a little more tilted towards the Bangladesh all-rounder, as he plays twice in three games, and hence could give a better return than Krunal Pandya.
I bring in Rashid Khan, again because of the simple fact that he plays twice in three games and could finally hit some form.
Batting Powerplayer- Kane Williamson(safest option)/Rohit Sharma(if don’t want to opt for Kane and MI is batting first)
Bowling Powerplayer- Jasprit Bumrah
Happy Team picking!