Indian T20 League 2019, Match 4: Punjab vs Rajasthan - Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips
All that you need to read before picking your Fantain XI for Punjab vs Rajasthan.
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Rajasthan and Punjab will kick-start their 2019 campaign when they meet each other at the former’s fortress on March 25. While the hosts will be boosted by the return of Australian batsman Steve Smith, Kings will be hoping that Chris Gayle continues his form from international cricket. Let us have do a bit of analysis for both teams before picking the Fantain XI for the 4th game of the Indian T20 league.
Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Team news –
While Steve Smith has returned from an injury, it has been confirmed by the management that the batsman will take a game or two to fully get going. Captain Ajinkya Rahane and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler are likely to open the batting, while Ben Stokes will play a crucial role as an all-rounder. Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat are mostly likely to be entrusted with the work of crucial breakthroughs.
Likely playing XI – Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler (WK), Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Punjab will largely be reliant on KL Rahul and Chris Gayle for runs, while on Ravichandran Ashwin and Andrew Tye for the bowling. It will be interesting to see if newly traded Mandeep Singh can deliver as a finisher.
Likely playing XI – Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Ravi Ashwin(C), Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami
Chris Gayle – Chris Gayle’s value across fantasy cricket platforms went down the last two seasons of Indian T20 league due to abysmal performances. But you simply cannot rule him out of your Fantain XI after the destruction he created against England recently. He scored 424 runs in just 4 innings with an average of 106 and strike-rate of 134.18, including 39 sixes!
Jofra Archer – the speedster is coming into the tournament after grabbing several eyeballs in the Big Bash League in Australia. He stumbles the batsman down the wicket and will be assisted by another pacer, Mohammed Shami.
Krishnappa Gowtham – the emerging player of the season last year, Gowtham can strike early on with the ball, just the way he sent back Virat Kohli in the league game against Bangalore. The all-rounder can also chip in runs when required.
Ben Stokes – Along with Gowtham, the English cricketer will be Rajasthan’s main all-rounder. He has been the fulcrum of the teams batting and bowling departments and is also an exceptional fielder. Some of his catches have been the best in the tournament. Stokes should be your regular in all Fantain XI.
Ravichandran Ashwin – The skipper will be crucial to Punjab’s breakthrough as their spin spearhead, and will be aided by youngsters Varun Chakravarthy and Murugan Ashwin.
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