We move our focus back to Mumbai, as languishing Mumbai Indians take on Sunrisers Hyderabad. Here are the top Fantasy tips and players to pick from the match.
1 Evin Lewis 2 Suryakumar Yadav 3 Ishan Kishan (wk) 4 Rohit Sharma (c) 5 Krunal Pandya 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Mitchell McClenaghan 9 Mayank Markande 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Mustafizur Rahman
1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Kane Williamson (c) 3 Manish Pandey 4 Shakib al Hasan 5 Deepak Hooda 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8 Rashid Khan 9 Sandeep Sharma 10 Siddarth Kaul 11 Billy Stanlake
Here is my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 1
Subs Left – 46
Aaron Finch -> Shakib al Hasan
Shreyas Gopal -> Suryakumar Yadav
Power Player – Evin Lewis (if MI bat first)/Kane Williamson (if SRH bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – Evin Lewis (if SRH bat first)/Kane Williamson (if MI bat first)
Mumbai Indians –
Mumbai embark on a 3 game break after this match, and another 3 match break after that, so I don’t see much reason to get more Mumbai players in. I already have the two heavy hitters – Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma. Although both somehow went for golden ducks last time out, I’m retaining faith as they come back home to Wankhede, the land of runs. No Bhuvneshwar Kumar should also help their causes. I’ll again go for Lewis as my Power Player – Mumbai have a top 3 in form, so the possibility that Rohit doesn’t get enough balls to make a massive score does exist.
The rest aren’t very tempting options either – Hardik and Pollard aren’t in form, Bumrah showed signs of getting back to form but then was again carted away in his last over.
Sunrisers have 3 matches in the next 6, so stocking up here could be a good option. Williamson opened the batting last time out, and to great effect – I can’t see him dropping down the order again. They seem to be done with the Saha at the top experiment too, given that they could’ve brought in Saha at the fall of 2 early wickets but chose to bring him in at #7. I’ll entrust him with my Power Player duties too, given his form, consistency and the pitch.
I could bring in Shikhar Dhawan, who is expected to be back, but I’ll wait and see how he comes back from his injury – which was significant enough to make him miss a match. Bringing in Dhawan would also hamper my plans for the next match, so I can wait for Sunrisers’ next match, which is only day after.
Out of the rest, only Shakib tempts me enough – with Sunrisers matches so close by, a consistent option like him could be handy. With Saha not opening anymore, he could come as high as #4 (unless it’s a big chase, in which they’ll promote Yusuf or Hooda). He also bowls his 4 overs regularly, and is a top-notch differential. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ruled out for this match, but he’ll be fit for the next match which is only day after so I’m happy carrying him till then. Manish Pandey and Rashid Khan are both terribly off-form.
This is perhaps the best match as far as uncapped picks are concerned – too spoilt for choices. Krunal Pandya is perhaps the best option here – with Pollard and Hardik not in form, he could bat at #5 on a flat deck with no Bhuvi on the other side; he’ll also bowl to a brittle Sunrisers middle-order. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have had bipolar form – big innings followed by low scores, but either of them are again great picks – since I already have Krunal, I’m going with Suryakumar.
If you can’t afford them, or can’t accommodate them in your balance – Siddarth Kaul and Mayank Markande are top budget picks, with Kaul perhaps better since he has a game in two days time.