It’s a Saturday, which can only mean one thing – an IPL double header. In the afternoon match, Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Daredevils, in the big metropolitan derby. Here are the top Fantasy picks and players to choose for the clash.
**TOSS UPDATE 3:45pm – Well.. Delhi Daredevils can screw up the best laid plans. With Morris and Munro both out, my change is now Munro to Krunal Pandya, as the uncapped change, since I can afford him now. Lewis/Bumrah as my Power Players (Match/2nd Innings).
1 Rohit Sharma (c) 2 Evin Lewis 3 Ishan Kishan (wk) 4 Suryakumar Yadav 5 Krunal Pandya 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Ben Cutting 8 Pradeep Sangwan 9 Mayank Markande 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Mustafizur Rahman
1 Colin Munro 2 Gautam Gambhir (c) 3 Shreyas Iyer 4 Rishabh Pant (wk) 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Chris Morris 7 Vijay Shankar 8 Rahul Tewatia 9 Mohammad Shami 10 Amit Mishra 11 Trent Boult
Here’s my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 0
Subs Left – 64
Kulwant Khejroliya -> Rahul Tewatia (uncapped sub)
Power Player – Chris Morris
2nd Innings Power Player – Evin Lewis (if DD bat first)/Jasprit Bumrah (if MI bat first)
I’m making a big call here – choosing to ignore Rohit Sharma. I made the call of going for Evin Lewis over him 2 games ago, and I’m not going to hedge my bets. Mumbai have a 4 game break after this one, and a 6 game one after that – so I can’t get multiple games out of that sub. A
Although back at the Wankhede, Rohit does have a chance to go big, but it’s only if it’s the usual Wankhede – not the pitch we saw against Chennai. As I discussed in the article for the previous MI match – Rohit has two major weaknesses, quality swing and leg-spin. If the pitch has something in it for the quicks, like it did in the opener, where Deepak Chahar made Rohit dance like a cat on a hot tin roof, expect Trent Boult and Chris Morris to have a say. Morris has a solid record against Rohit – dismissing him twice in four encounters.
After two failures, if he drops himself down the order – Amit Mishra might have a go at him. I expect Mishra to be back for this match. He has had Rohit’s number for all these years too – he has conceded only 78 runs in 82 balls to him, dismissing him 5 times in 14 innings.
Other than Rohit, there’s no one that appeals to me. I already have Lewis and Bumrah, Pollard, Hardik if he features or Cutting bat too low. I don’t expect Mustafizur to repeat his heroics from last game – he won’t bowl at players with the batting ability of Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma all the time.
With Delhi, it’s much simpler. If you have Gautam Gambhir, he may be a quality steady pick, but if you don’t, there’s no need to burn a sub with Delhi having a 3 game break followed by a 5 game one. Unlike Rohit, he doesn’t have the destructive capabilities to make you think twice about ignoring him. Chris Morris is a must have here – he’s a consistent and steady points earner, safe pick who can also go big – has the capability to haul with both bat and ball. Get him in if you don’t have him already.
My other two players are Colin Munro and Rishabh Pant – both of whom I had already, but not players I’d recommend getting in now. Munro was perhaps a bit rash as he got a diamond duck last game, but he’s on borrowed time now – one or two more failures will see Jason Roy in. Pant’s batting position is still unclear, as the rain-curtailed game didn’t offer any answers. Don’t buy him till we’re sure he’s in the top 4. Same applies to Glenn Maxwell – he’d be a terrific pick given his form, but his batting position is unclear. Opening in a 6 over slogathon doesn’t give any outlook on where he’ll bat in the subsequent games, but if he bats in the top 4 he’s a great pick for later Delhi games. Morris is all you need from Delhi – the rest are luxuries at best.
There is plenty to choose from here. Up against a much weaker bowling side, expect Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to do much better. Krunal Pandya, albeit a bit expensive, is always a great player to have too – chips in with both bat and ball. I don’t expect Mayank Markande to do as well as he’s done in the first two matches, given that in Gambhir, Iyer, Pant and Maxwell Delhi have players who are extremely proficient in playing spin, but he’s a quality pick if you need a bowler for balance or don’t have the budget for Kishan or Yadav.
Personally, I have to go for Rahul Tewatia myself since I already have Markande, and he’s the only one I can afford. I don’t expect him to shatter mountains, but he could be a steady pick. At $700k he’s my only option, given that there’s not much in this price bracket from the next game either.