Indian T20 League 2019: Match 32, Punjab vs Rajasthan – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match tips and Match Updates

Whom should you make the captain in your fantasy team?

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo: Twitter)

Despite playing decent cricket this season, Rajasthan were found wanting when it came to closing out games. Because of that, they find themselves at the 7th spot in the table. They won their previous game against Mumbai but not before allowing to have them a sniff.

At the other end of the spectrum, after a flying start, Punjab have lost 3 out of their last 4 clashes owing to a rusty middle order which has failed to gather momentum in the last phase of the innings. They need to introspect and turn their campaign around before it gets too late. Ashwin’s men will host Rajasthan at Mohali on Tuesday in what will go down as a crucial game for either team.

In the last few games, Punjab’s batting pattern has been similar. The top-order has fired but the ones in the middle haven’t carried the momentum forward. Rajasthan has faced similar issues. Hence, the contest between the bowlers, particularly the spinners, and middle order batsmen could decide the fate of the game.

There is the cue for fantasy teams right there. Stack up your teams with bowlers who do the job in the middle alongside top-order batsmen like Gayle, Rahul, Buttler and Sanju Samson.

Injury Updates: After recovering from a niggle, which kept him on the sidelines of the Mumbai game, Ben Stokes is expected to return for this game.

Likely XIs

Punjab:

Wicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran

Batsmen: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz khan

All-Rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran

Bowlers: Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin

Rajasthan:

Wicket-keeper:Jos Buttler

Batsmen:Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi

All-Rounders: Krishnappa Gowtham, Ben Stokes

Bowlers:Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

Dotball Prediction:

Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:

Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul (C)

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal

All-Rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran

Bowlers: Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer (VC), Mohammed Shami

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Rahul didn’t get many in the previous one but you are allowed that much leeway even when you are in a rich vein of form. The 26-year-old has galloped 335 runs @ 67 while striking at 130.85 this year and has not only looked very assured but has looked to bat out 20 overs. By cutting down risks, Rahul has been very consistent which has benefitted Punjab immensely.

Vice-Captain: By turning up some powerful performances this year, Jofra Archer has reopened the debate on his possible World Cup selection for England. No bowler has handled the pressure better while bowling at the death than Archer. His willingness to experiment and smart use of variations have kept batsmen guessing. The young cricketer has also done a reasonable job with the bat and is a livewire in the field.

Fantasy Tips

Rahane looked very composed during his sparkling 37. The innings announced his return to form and could be a beginning of something special. It is about time Sanju Samson plays another skilful inning. Mayank Agarwal will strive for some consistency.

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Safe Captain Choices:

KL Rahul

Jofra Archer

Sam Curran

Risky Captain Choices:

Shreyas Gopal

Ravichandran Ashwin

Murugan Ashwin

Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:

Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, David Miller, Chris Gayle (C), Rahul Tripathi

All-Rounders: Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers: Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal (VC), Murugan Ashwin

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Because of a rickety middle-order and the form of Chahal, Gayle was forced to slow down in the middle which really hurt Punjab in the end. But the Jamaican provided the perfect flourish at the end, remaining unbeaten on 99 off 64. With an average in the north of 50 and a strike rate of 157, Gayle has stayed true to his lofty standards yet again this year.

Vice-Captain: Gopal has impressed many with his temperament this year. His fielding ability and steady head with the bat make him a valuable player for Rajasthan. Can he trouble Gayle like Chahal did in the previous game? It is tough but he does have the temperament.

Fantasy Tips

Murugan Ashwin bowled well against Bangalore and could be even more effective if he pitches the ball further up. Time is running out for Tripathi who really needs to contribute to the team’s cause. Ben Stokes will look to make amends for a shoddy performance which cost Punjab 2 points.

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Dream 11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues

Wicket-keeper – Sanju Samson

Batsmen – Chris Gayle (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler (C)

All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Ben Stokes

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer

Fantasy Tips

Ashwin might have missed the bus for the World Cup but has put in considerable performances for his side which has enabled him to capture 9 victims off 8 games at an economy rate of 7.62. Shami, on the other hand, has made it to the World Cup squad which will spur him to perform even better for Punjab.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C)

Batsmen – Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler (VC)

All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes

Bowlers – Murugan Ashwin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer

Fantasy Tips

This might well be Steve Smith’s final chance to show some form and given that he is in the frame for the World Cup for Australia, he will love to get some runs under his belt. Sam Curran will look to replicate his performance against Delhi which happened at the same venue.

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