After Kolkata blew away Delhi last night, it’s time for one of IPL’s marquee clashes – Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. Here are the top players to pick and Fantasy tips for the match.
1 Evin Lewis 2 Suryakumar Yadav 3 Ishan Kishan (wk) 4 Rohit Sharma (c) 5 Kieron Pollard 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Mitchell McClenaghan 9 Mayank Markande 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 Brendon McCullum 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Virat Kohli (c) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Mandeep Singh 6 Washington Sundar 7 Pawan Negi 8 Chris Woakes 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Kulwant Khejroliya 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Here is my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 0
Subs Left – 59
Rahul Tewatia -> Suryakumar Yadav (uncapped sub)
Power Player – Quinton de Kock (if MI bat first)/Virat Kohli (if RCB bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – Virat Kohli (if MI bat first)/Suryakumar Yadav (if RCB bat first)
Mumbai Indians –
I’m making a big call here – going for Suryakumar Yadav as my only MI batting cover. Bangalore at Wankhede should definitely be a run-fest, but with Mumbai’s next fixture after 6 matches, I don’t want to use a sub to get in a player only to get them out soon. Evin Lewis looked in supreme form against Delhi – scoring a quickfire 48. He should come good today too, but with all my overseas players featuring either today or tomorrow, he is off bounds for me.
The other big miss here is Rohit Sharma. Rohit’s clearly not in form – and to make it worse, he’s dropped himself down to #4 now, which further blunts his Fantasy prospects. He’s too good to not come good eventually, but the question is when. With Mumbai’s next fixture quite a bit later, I’m not eager to find out while using a precious sub. His weakness against leg-spin should come against the scanner against Yuzvendra Chahal, one of the best in the business. Hardik Pandya is back, but I’d ignore him for now too – doesn’t always bowl 4 overs and bats too low to make consistent impact.
Royal Challengers Bangalore –
I’ve made another big call here – ignoring AB de Villiers. Don’t get me wrong – I’d love to have him – but I can’t. With all my four overseas players featuring today and tomorrow, I can’t use an overseas sub. de Villiers does love the Wankhede – he has a 133*(59) here in 2015 against Mumbai, and a 119(61) in the same year against India in an ODI (not T20!). If you can get him, by all means get him. He’s also a top power player choice. I’ll just be hoping his Achilles’ heels – the Pandya brothers – conjure up some magic to shunt him again. Krunal has got him 4 times in 4 encounters. Hardik showed similar signs in South Africa, getting him twice in the ODI series.
Virat Kohli is again the easy Power Player choice for whatever innings he bats in. He showed a return to form against Rajasthan Royals, and on a Wankhede track which will favor run-making, he should continue his good form. Quinton de Kock is a solid differential – he too has a 125 at Wankhede in an ODI, and has been in good touch. Can also get handy keeping points. I’d ignore Brendon McCullum – expect MI to open the bowling with some spin, and he hasn’t looked too convincing against spin. Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar are steady contributors, but with RCB’s next fixture 4 matches later, I’d leave them be for now.
Uncapped Picks –
Suryakumar Yadav is certainly the top uncapped pick now – promoted to open the batting, he was a revelation at the top last match. In top form – after also top scoring against Chennai, he’ll look to continue it. Ishan Kishan is a good alternative if you can’t afford Suryakumar or need a keeper for balance – bats at #3, gets handy keeping points and is also in good form.
Krunal Pandya, if you can afford him, is also another great option – chips in with both bat and ball. Mayank Markande is the budget enabler of choice, if you need the money to afford one of the big hitters, though I wouldn’t expect too much from him at a run-laden Wankhede track.