After two exciting clashes on Saturday, it’s time for another double header on Sunday. It’s the clash of the Royal sides – Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals. Here are the top Fantasy tips for the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 Brendon McCullum 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Virat Kohli (c) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Mandeep Singh 6 Sarfaraz Khan 7 Chris Woakes 8 Washington Sundar 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Kulwant Khejroliya 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
1 Ajinkya Rahane (c) 2 D’Arcy Short 3 Sanju Samson 4 Ben Stokes 5 Rahul Tripathi 6 Jos Buttler (wk) 7 K Gowtham 8 Shreyas Gopal 9 Jofra Archer 10 Dhawal Kulkarni 11 Jaydev Unadkat
Here is my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 2
Subs Left – 60
Jasprit Bumrah -> Ben Stokes
Shikhar Dhawan -> Quinton de Kock
Siddarth Kaul -> K Gowtham
Power Player – Ben Stokes (if RR bat first)/Virat Kohli (if RCB bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – Virat Kohli (if RR bat first)/Ben Stokes (if RCB bat first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
I’ve made a big call here. I’m choosing to ignore AB de Villiers. Don’t get me wrong, I’d absolutely love to have him. He’s in great touch and faces two attacks that won’t make him quake in his boots – one at the Chinnaswamy, the other at the Wankhede. But he consumes too much budget – which makes my squad rigid and inflexible till the MI vs RCB game. Instead, I’m going for the extra budget and extra fielding points in Quinton de Kock. He opens the innings – unlike de Villiers, who bats at 4 in a stacked top order. Keeps to Sundar and Chahal, so stumping and catching points are always around the corner. If you can without sabotaging your future plans, though, get de Villiers in.
Virat Kohli is the obvious pick – for Power Player too. Don’t let his two off games put you off – he got an absolute beaut from Mujeeb Zadran, before which he looked in quality touch. McCullum is a tad too inconsistent – and probably the first one on the chopping block if they want another foreigner, so I’d avoid for now.
If you don’t have the RCB bowlers already, there’s little point – two games on two belters, it’s hard to see them contribute a lot.
I’m going for Ben Stokes as my big pick here. He looked in supreme touch against Delhi – promoted to 3, before he got a jaffa from Trent Boult. His fitness issues around his bowling are also subsiding – he bowled for 45 minutes straight yesterday. Bats in the top 4, will bowl 3 or 4 overs now – it’s hard to ignore him now. Ajinkya Rahane or Sanju Samson are also good picks if you want a steady contributor – Rajasthan have 3 games in the next 7. I’d ignore D’Arcy Short now, since after two run outs he may be on the chopping block, or this could be his last opportunity.
In the bowling department, Jofra Archer is back – though I’d like to see what steam he’s bowling at before looking to get him. There are enough fish to pick here anyway, so he’s not as tempting for now.
Not much to pick here. If you can, I’d just go for Mayank Agarwal for the next match. I can’t (squad balance issues), so I’m going for K Gowtham instead. He bats higher than Shreyas Gopal, and I expect him to bowl in the powerplay. Kulwant Khejroliya is an alternative, though I already own him.