Bangladesh v Afghanistan: Players to watch out for

Afghanistan, after winning the first match with ease pushed Bangladesh to a do-or-die situation as both the teams will lock horns for the 2nd T20I today.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, will look to overcome the glitches they had in the top-order the other night. Their bowling department needs a little revamp as well.

Here are the players to watch out for:

Samiullah Shenwari– His swashbuckling knock of 18 balls 36 played a vital role in driving Afghanistan to 167 in the last match.

Shafiqullah– Backed by a good domestic season, Shafiqullah can be dangerous down the order, and the last match was evidence for that.

Mahmudullah– Be it batting or bowling, Mahmudullah will be the first person to step up for the team.

Liton Das– Bangladesh will be looking for a big score from either of the openers, and Liton Das will hold the key in their batting today.

IPL 2018, KKR v SRH: Fantasy tips

When: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, May 19, 20:00 IST
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Conditions: No rain threats, the pitch is on the slower side

A must-win game for KKR and they will look in to bring their main man Chawla considering the pitch. Whereas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar might come in the place of Basil Thampi who had an outing to forget the other night.

Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla/ Prasidh Krishna/Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav

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IPL 2018, KKR v SRH: Fantasy analysis

An important match for KKR and other teams as if KKR win today, they will qualify and if CSK loses by a huge margin on Sunday, they do have a chance of making it top two.
For SRH, Things haven’t gone their way since their last home game. Their bowlers, the major weapon of Hyderabad hasn’t played well. In a way, this match is important for SRH to get back to the winning ways.

Safe pick:
Kane Williamson
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 179

No matter where he plays, no matter against whom he plays, the Kiwi Captain consistently picks up the important runs for the team.

Sunil Narine
Last match crickingduels fantasy points 81

He powered KKR to a thumping win against Punjab the other night. KKR will need similar knocks from the Windies all-rounder to keep them in the hunt.

Tricky Pick
Chris Lynn
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 72

The Australian is having an inconsistent season where he struggled in most of the matches.

The Dark Horse
Rashid Khan
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 113

The Afghani bowler plays a key role in the bowling line-up of SRH. He is always ready to bowl and pick wickets for the team. No one including world’s best batsmen has failed to pick his deliveries.

IPL 2018, KKR v MI: Fantasy tips

When: May 9, 2018, 8 pm IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: The pitch will provide good pace and bounce, a run fest is on the cards.
Head to Head:
MI 17-5 KKR
At Edens:
MI 6-2 KKR

Shivam Mavi is in doubt for this game as well. Kolkatta will look to retain the same side going into this game. Since this pitch has good pace and bounce, they might include Tom Curran.

Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav

For MI, they will stick with the same team which helped them to win two matches in a row.

Probable XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

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IPL 2018, KXIP v RR: Fantasy power players

1. Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab)

Stoinis recorded 23 off 16 not out including two boundaries and one maximum with the bat and conceded six off his only over with the ball in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

While he bowled just one dot ball, Stoinis was able to keep the ball inside the rope and his medium-pace bowling helped considerably as Kings XI were able to hold the Royals to just 152. With the bat, Stoinis and Lokesh Rahul were able to partner for 68 runs on the fifth wicket in fewer than six overs to successfully chase down the reasonable target with eight balls to spare, despite a steadily creeping required run rate prior to Stoinis’ introduction. In four matches this season, he’s made out just once while scoring 85 runs at a strike rate of 154.54.

2. Lokesh Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)

Rahul top-scored with 84 off 54 not out including seven boundaries and three maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

After his opposing wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler opened with a half-century for the Royals, Rahul started a little slowly, needing 44 balls to reach his half-century-his third of the tournament. However, with the required run rate creeping up, Rahul turned on the jets, scoring 30 runs off his last 10 balls to ace the chase with eight balls to spare. Rahul is now fourth on the orange cap rankings on 376 runs and is 47 runs behind Ambati Rayudu with an innings in hand and hasn’t scored fewer than 18 runs in a match thus far this tournament.

3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)

Ur Rahman was named Man of the Match after taking three for 27 off four overs in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

The Afghani teenager has been excellent throughout the tournament and Sunday was his best performance of the bunch, turning in career-best figures of three for 27, has never taken more than two wickets in a T20 prior to the proceedings. He’s now taken 12 wickets at an average of 20.00 with a sparkling economy of 6.85, the second-best economy of anyone who’s bowled at least 10 overs this tournament.

4. Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)

Buttler opened with 51 off 39 including seven boundaries in Sunday’s IPL defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Fantasy Analysis

After a rough start to the tournament, Buttler is rounding into form with Sunday giving him back-to-back half-centuries for the fledgeling Royals. Buttler’s move up the order from No. 5 to opening proved an inspired move as the Royals batting order seems solid from top-to-bottom; however, the results just haven’t been there, with Sunday’s defeat dropping them to the bottom of the table on six points through nine matches.

KXIP v MI: Fantasy tips

When: Friday, May 4 at 8:00 PM IST
Where: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
What to expect: Run fest is on the cards
Head to Head: KXIP 10 – 10 MI

Team News:
Birendhar Sran might be replaced by Mohit Sharma, and Miller might replace Aaron Finch as well.

Probable XI:
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, David Miller, R Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Mumbai Indians yet to confirm about Evin Lewis fitness. In that case, Will Mumbai continue to go with Pollard or will Adam Milne get a chance?

Probable XI:
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard/Adam Milne, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande.

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DD v RR: Fantasy Tips

When: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals, 8 PM IST
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
What to expect: A hot evening with chances of rain.
Head to Head:
DD 6 – 11 RR
At Feroz Shah Kotla:
DD 3 – 3 RR

Team Probable:

Delhi Daredevils will look to stick with the same line-up.

Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult

Rajasthan Royals might replace Lamror with Shreyas Gopal. Though their overseas players are misfiring, We don’t think there will many changes to the line-up.

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror/ Shreyas Gopal, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat

Possible Captain: A Rahane, S Iyer, S Samson, J Archer

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RCB v MI: Power Players

Tim Southee (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Southee was named Man of the Match after taking two for 25 off four overs in Tuesday’s IPL victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing in just his second IPL match of the tournament, Southee showed that he might be the missing piece to help guide RCB to the playoff. Coming off an excellent Test series against England including a near-perfect spell at Auckland in the first innings and a six-for at Christchurch, Southee took the first wicket of the innings and conceded just five runs in the first before knocking out Ishan Kishan for a golden duck. He then closed out the match with the wicket of Hardik Pandya and conceded just 10 at the death when they needed 24. After bowling just three innings last year in the IPL, Southee showed himself more than up to the task of bowling in the premier T20 tournament.

Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)

Pandya snapped up three for 28 off three overs with the ball and top-scored with 50 off 42 including five boundaries and one maximum with the bat in Tuesday’s IPL defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

In the 18th over, Pandya turned a relatively poor bowling performance into one to remember for the younger Pandya. He opened the over with getting Mandeep Singh to hole out to deep midwicket, he then got Virat Kohli on the next ball before closing out the over with the wicket of Washington Sundar. With the bat, coming in at 47 for four in the eighth over, Pandya did well to put bad balls to the rope and rotate the strike throughout his innings, but slowed down at the end before being knocked out on the first ball of the 20th over to all but end the match. Coming into the match with just 61 runs in the first six matches, this was just his second half-century in 40 IPL innings throughout his career.

Manan Vohra (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Vohra top-scored for his side with 45 off 31 including two boundaries and four maximums in Tuesday’s IPL victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

The Punjabi batsman, uncapped at the international level, has been unused for much of the tournament and then scored just two runs across his first two matches for RCB. However, given a third opportunity, Vohra made good on his chances, opening with 45 at a strike rate of 145.16 while his opening strike partner, Quinton de Kock, scored just seven off 13. The teenager will look to keep up Tuesday’s form as RCB looks to make the playoff.

Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians)

Kishan was beaten for a golden duck in Tuesday’s IPL defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

While Kishan has put up three scores of 40-plus this season, with Tuesday’s golden duck, he now has ducks in three of his last four matches, a disappointing trend for the teenager that could see him lose his opening spot in the process. Upon Evin Lewis’ return to fitness, Kishan could lose his spot in the starting XI.

Evin Lewis (Mumbai Indians)

Lewis didn’t play in Tuesday’s match against the Royal Challengers due to a wrist injury, reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Prior to missing his first match of the tournament, Lewis boasted a 27.71 batting average and 136.61 strike rate. Fueling those numbers are a team-leading 13 sixes and three scores of 40-plus runs in seven outings. The severity of the wrist concern is unknown, but Lewis’ next chance to return arrives Friday against Kings XI at Indore.



CSK v DD: Power players

1. Vijay Shankar (Delhi Daredevils)

Shankar raced to 54 off 31 not out including one boundary and five maximums in Monday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.

Fantasy Analysis

After starting slowly while chasing 212, Shankar and Rishabh Pant partnered for 88 runs in fewer than nine overs to put the Daredevils in a better position and Shankar’s late-match sprint, scoring 30 runs in his last 10 balls to record his second-ever IPL half-century and his first of the year, having scored just 18 runs previously this season.

2. Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils)

Pant top-scored with 79 off 45 including seven boundaries and four maximums in Monday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.

Fantasy Analysis

After coming out of the gates slowly, despite chasing down 212, Pant picked up the run rate considerably. After needing 34 balls to reach his fifty, he sprinted off the next 11 balls, finding the rope on five of those before Ravindra Jadeja made a nice play to catch him before he could keep up his head of speed. He’s now got 306 runs at a strike rate of 170.94 for the tournament with a pair of half-centuries to boot.

3. Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings)

Rayudu sprinted to 41 off 24 including five boundaries and one maximum in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

After Faf Du Plessis’ innings mercifully ended after going at just a run per ball and then Suresh Raina was knocked out two balls later, Rayudu more than picked up the slack. Before being run out, Rayudu had another excellent spell as he’s averaging 46.25, despite having only two half-centuries with four scores of 39 or greater in eight innings.

4. MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)

Dhoni raced to 51 off 22 not out including two boundaries and five maximums in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

While Dhoni at times throughout his late-career has been chided for a slow pace, Dhoni was at his best on Monday. He needed just 22 balls to reach his half-century, finding the rope nearly every third ball. With his unbeaten half-century, he now has three fifties for the tournament and is averaging a whopping 71.50 at a strike rate of 169.23.

5. Shane Watson (Chennai Super Kings)

Watson was named Man of the Match after opening with 78 off 40 including four boundaries and seven maximums in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

While Faf du Plessis was limping to just a run per ball to 33, Watson needed just 25 balls to reach his half-century and the two put up a 102-run first wicket partnership to put CSK in the ascendancy from the outset. After limping through the slog overs, an MS Dhoni sprint put them past 200 for the innings. Watson is now averaging 35.12 as the opener at a strike rate of 166.27 with a century and a half-century in eight innings this season.

KKR v RCB: Power Players

1. Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Uthappa raced to 36 off 21 including three boundaries and three maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis
Last match fantasy points: 79

While he’s yet to post a half-century this tournament, Uthappa has turned in some excellent cameos thus far. He’s broken 30 runs in four of his last five matches while posting a strike rate of 145.25 for the tournament thus far, more than 10 runs quicker than his IPL average of 132.25 in 151 innings.

2. Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Lynn was named Man of the Match after opening with 62 off 52 not out including seven boundaries and one maximum in Sunday’s IPL victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis
Last match fantasy points: 115

The free-swinging Australian may be not quite the same player he once was, but he showed that he can still show flashes of the power-hitting opener he was pre-injury. The half-century was his second in the last three matches, with scores of five and a duck preceding his big scores. He’s now averaging 35.42 in eight innings at a strike rate of 131.91 and when he’s on, has been a big part of KKR’s success.

3. Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Russell toppled three for 31 off three overs in Sunday’s IPL victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis
Last match fantasy points: 76

The all-rounder was far from the most efficient bowler, picking up just four dots in his three-over spell while conceding a pair of sixes and a boundary. However, he was the only one who was able to get wickets, taking three of the four RCB scalps including Brendon McCullum and Manan Vohra to close out the 10th over (with a wide thrown in the middle). With the bat, Russell put up a golden duck, but it didn’t matter in the end as they chased down the total with five balls to spare. After taking just two wickets in his first six innings with the ball, he’ll look to build off Sunday’s positive bowling performance.

4. Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Kohli top-scored with 68 off 44 not out including five boundaries and three maximums in Sunday’s IPL defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis
Last match fantasy points: 149

While the Indian skipper left much to be desired with his team selection and captaincy of RCB, there can be few complaints about his batting. After limping through brief partnerships with Brendon McCullum and Manan Vohra, Kohli teamed up with Mandeep Singh for a rapturous 65 run fourth wicket partnership and then closed things out with a flourish with 35 in a 15 ball stretch to put RCB on 175 with Colin de Grandhomme. Closing in on 5,000 career IPL runs, Kohli is averaging a whopping 63.40 in seven innings this season at a strike rate of 140.26; however, his side has just four points from seven matches.