For a town that loves scripts, Chennai too would have been surprised with what was dished out in the CSK vs KKR game last night. 203 on the board for KKR thanks to that rollicking innings from Russell meant that the CSK batting unit was always going to be under the pump while chasing that total down.
But the opening duo of Watson and Rayudu ensured that things never really got out of hand for CSK. They took the attack to the KKR bowlers in the powerplay and ensured that the middle order could take their time against the wiley spin duo of Narine and Kuldeep.
While the Chennai crowd has been accustomed to special Dhoni finishes in crunch situations, it was Billings this time who quickly became the ‘darling’ of the Chennai crowd, taking the yellow brigade to the cusp of a famous win before holing out in the deep.
Jadeja and Bravo smacked two sixes each of the last over to complete one of the finest run-chases in IPL history, leaving the KKR unit distraught with their bowling effort.
We move from one returning team to the other, as Rajasthan Royals take on the Delhi Daredevils in what could be a must win game for both franchises, despite it being early days in the tournament.
Both teams have lost their first encounter and would be vying to get their campaign back on track as momentum plays a huge role in 14 game tournament.
Rajasthan are coming off a lacklustre batting performance which needs to be corrected right away, and with so many batting superstars in their line up, you would expect them to sort things out.
Delhi welcome Glenn Maxwell into their side and will have to shuffle things up a bit to fit Maxwell in. We’ll have to wait and see who makes way for Maxwell.
Let’s get to business now!
IPL Fantasy League(Fantasy Tips for RR vs DD)
Now, I already have Ben Stokes, Rishabh Pant and Rahul Tewatia in my team for this game.
From the Rajasthan team D’arcy Short and Jos Buttler would be the two players that could be up for discussion.
If you really want to bring in one player from Rajasthan, you should be getting in D’arcy Short. He was unfortunately run out in the last game and could really light up this IPL. What’s more, he’s also very likely to be used as RR’s third spinner and could give you a wicket or two here and then.
In the toss up between Buttler and Short(both have dual scoring opportunities), I would always go for Short, as he opens the batting and is more likely to get a 50 or maybe even a hundred.
But I don’t think I’ll be able to get either of them in, as I find more value in two DD players for this game.
Now, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro are three DD players who are in my consideration set at the moment.
I will be bringing in a maximum of two out of these three players into my team for this game.
Chris Morris batted at 6 in the last game, but with Maxwell coming in, he is sure to drop one spot in the batting order and thus I will get him in only if DD bowl first, as I would be sure to reap benefits from his death bowling only then.
Colin Munro could tee off any day and with no real world class spin threat from Rajasthan, I expect him to go big today. He has been in sublime form off late in the limited overs format, coming off a rich vein of form in the tri-series in New Zealand. Get him in!
Glenn Maxwell has joined the Delhi team after attending Aaron Finch’s marriage and should slot right into the DD middle order. However, I am not quite sure of his batting position and hence I would you to absolutely not opt for him if DD chase, as DD being DD, they could keep holding him back for the death overs, leaving him a little too much to do.
If you want to get him in, do so only if DD are batting first.
Thus, if DD bowl first, get in Morris and Munro, else get in Maxwell and Munro.
Now, if there is a paucity of transfers, I would suggest you get in only player out of these 3 and going by only ‘impact potential’, I would advise you to go in with Colin Munro.
For the uncapped player, I get in Rahul Tripathi, as my team combination forces me to get in a batsman as my uncapped player and he is the only available option.
Match Powerplayer: Ben Stokes
2nd innings Powerplayer: Colin Munro(if DD bat second)/ Rahul Tripathi(if RR bat second)
If DD bat first, you could go in with Munro as your match powerplayer, so that you can have Stokes as your powerplayer in the 2nd innings.
Fandromeda(Fantasy Tips for RR vs DD)
Now, I already have Rishabh Pant and D’arcy Short in my team for this game.
Stokes would be the first player that I get in for this game. RR sent him up at 4 in the last game and he is sure to bowl at the death for RR, making him an indispensable property throughout the IPL. Get him in!
For the Morris, Munro and Maxwell concundrum, refer to the IPL Fantasy League section wherein I have explained what kind of combination you could go with depending on the result of the toss.
These three would be the only transfers that I would be making for this game.
Batting Powerplayer: Munro/Short(depending on who bats second)
Bowling Powerplayer: Ben Stokes