Every IPL season sparks controversies, players are scrutinized, the board is scrutinized and the entire concept of having a T20 tournament is belittled. But when two young Indian batsmen, straight from the domestic circuit, take it upon themselves to guide their team home in a must win game, it all becomes worth it.
Karun Nair and Rishab Pant batted as if they were so accustomed to such a situation and though the Daredevils might miss out on winning the tournament because of their constant ‘chop and change’ strategy, the way they have backed their young players to take up the mantle and win them games is commendable.
David Warner anchored the Sunrisers innings to perfection and on a ground with big boundaries, 155 was a par score, especially with the SRH bowling arsenal.
But the two Indian batsmen kept their calm and beautifully paced their innings to help the Daredevils cling on to their hopes of a playoff spot.
The Sunrisers will now have to win an away game against KKR to guarantee a top 2 finish for them and the DD have to bring down the high soaring RCB, if they want to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Let’s get to business now!
Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab
Transfer out: Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav
Transfer in: Hashim Amla/Adam Zampa, KC Cariappa/Murugan Ashwin
This has to be the trickiest of all games for fantasy managers, especially this late in the tournament. Both these teams have been knocked out of the tournament and the only thing that they would be vying for is the second last spot on the table. Enough inspiration to perform? I am not so sure.
With Amla and Vijay in good nick, the Kings XI have finally found things going for themselves in the past few games. Their performances have been good all through the tournament, but they haven’t been able to kill games.
RPSG too have hadn’t really been blown away by opposition but they haven’t played those important moments really well, something that you don’t associate with Dhoni’s teams. Zampa and Dinda have been amazing with the ball and Rahane has held the batting order together. A little bit of tweaking and RPSG could be a great IPL side.
Now, I already have Sandeep Sharma in my team for this game.
The dilemma is whether to bring in players for a drab encounter?
I’ll be making just one transfer for this game. The various options for this game are Zampa, Rahane, Amla and Vijay
Rahane is a a player for all seasons and all pitches but the the problem with him is that most of the times he won’t be giving your side that required oomph. He can give you at best a 30 ball 40 and I don’t think at this point it will make a big difference. So, I leave him out.
Amla and Vijay have been in good form in the last few games and if the strip that was used for the Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils game is used this time round as well, you can opt for one from Amla and Vijay.
Despite Amla having a ‘test batsman’ image, he is a brilliant T20 player, especially when he opens the batting, as he is able to take good advantage of the powerplay. If it’s a batting track, I’ll get Amla in. The fact that Amla scores quicker than Vijay and has had a good World T20 as well tilts the stakes in his favour.
Now, if the track is one that offers spin, the one where Zampa took 6 wickets, you hope that he replicates that performance, and thus you get Zampa in.
For the uncapped player, I get in Manan Vohra, if he plays. If he doesn’t, I’ll opt for one from Murugan Aswhin and KC Cariappa, depending on whichever team bowls first
Batting captain: Hashim Amla/ The uncapped batsman that you get in
Bowling captain: Sandeep Sharma(if KXIP bowl first)/ Adam Zampa(if RPSG bowl first and you get him in)/ The uncapped bowler that you get in
Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians
Transfer out: Hashim Amla, KC Cariappa/Murugan Ashwin
Transfer in: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya
Kanpur will be hosting its second and last game of this season and what better than a virtual quarter final between the Lions and the Indians.
The Mumbai Indians have had a long break before this crunch encounter and would be raring to have a go at the inconsistent Gujarat Lions unit. Their bowlers have been in great knick and with Guptill being drafted into the top order, their batting too looks very solid.
The Lions had set the IPL on fire in the first few games but since then they have strung a series of disappointing performances to have landed up in this rut.
Will the big 3 step up today for the Lions or will the Mumbai Indians continue their run of forcing themselves into the playoffs by making a late surge.
Now, I already have Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum in my team for this game.
Again I’ll be making just one change for this game and it’ll be Rohit Sharma. This change could be a little surprising considering the swing on offer in the last game here, but that was primarily because of the freshness of the wicket and when there is a big game, you need to get the big players in and Rohit Sharma is certainly a big game player.
The next best option is Dwayne Smith, especially considering the fact that Raina has been trusting him with more than 2 overs every game. But you can’t expect him to always run through the opposition, especially with the batting prowess that the Mumbai Indians possess.
The next best picks for this game will be McCleneghan and Guptill. I will rate McCleneghan higher than Guptill because of his death bowling skills and the fact that he gives me 24 chances of scoring points.
I have already explained why Finch and Karthik don’t fit the bill.
For the uncapped player, I get in Krunal Pandya. His all round abilities and his performance in Vizag the last time round, tempt me to get him in.
Batting captain: Rohit Sharma(if MI bat second)/Suresh Raina(if GL bat second)
Bowling captain: Krunal Pandya