Indian T20 League 2019: Match 42, Bangalore vs Punjab – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match tips and Match Updates

Indian T20 League 2019: Match 42, Bangalore vs Punjab – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match tips and Match Updates

In their previous meeting, Bangalore got the better of Punjab.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Sandip Mahankal/IANS)

Having won three out of their last four games, Bangalore still face an uphill task and are jostling hard for an improbable place in the final four. They were off to a disastrous start before the team showed character midway during the season. After earning a 1-run win in a heart-stopping game against Chennai, they will push to keep the winning run going when they host Punjab at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

On the other hand, Punjab has won only a solitary game out of their 4 previous encounters which has stalled their campaign’s momentum. With 5 wins out of 10, Punjab still have work to do and are left with only 2 home games up their sleeves. A win here could prove to be pivotal in their bid to qualify for the playoffs. In the anti-climax game against Chennai, the surface was difficult for shot making and it is expected to remain the same during this clash. Moeen Ali could bowl up front against Gayle and given his control, can inflict damage too.

Punjab’s weakness lies in their misfiring middle order and hence it will be a good idea to pick Chahal in your fantasy team. It will come down to which team bats better in the closing stages of the innings as both teams have struggled there. Marcus Stoinis might bowl more and could prove to be a valuable pick owing to his good form with the bat. Neither team starts as overwhelming favourites but Bangalore have a little edge over Punjab who have travelled poorly this year.

Head to Head: Last 5 games

Bangalore: 3

Punjab: 2

Likely XIs

Bangalore:

Wicket-keeper: Parthiv Patel

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Aksdeep Nath

All-Rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini

Punjab:

Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul

Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh

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

Bowlers: Harpreet Brar, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami

Dotball Prediction:

Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:

Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul (C)

Batsmen: AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal

All-Rounders: Moeen Ali, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal (VC), Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Rahul’s remarkable consistency has made up for a below-par performance by the middle order. In 10 games, the stylish opener has gathered 399 runs at an average of 57. His Test exploits will help him see off Dale Steyn with a new ball in hand. With the rest of the pace bowlers struggling, Rahul is smart enough to know which ones to target and vice versa.

Vice-Captain: The M Chinnaswamy is considered a bowlers’ nightmare but Chahal has always done well while playing at the venue. His smart variations have got him 14 wickets off 10 games at an economy rate of 7.53. The leg-spinner will be happy to bowl against an underperforming Punjab middle-order.

Fantasy Tips

Harpreet Brar struck some crisp shots in his debut game against Delhi and could be a surprise package in this contest. Navdeep Saini’s slippery bowling will challenge Gayle, who knows a thing or two about this venue.

Safe Captain Choices:

AB de Villiers

KL Rahul

Yuzvendra Chahal

Risky Captain Choices:

Chris Gayle

David Miller

Dale Steyn

Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:

Wicket-keeper: Parthiv Patel

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle (C)

All-Rounders: Pawan Negi, Harpreet Brar, Moeen Ali (VC)

Bowlers: Dale Steyn, Sam Curran, Murugan Ashwin

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Having played a lot of cricket for Bangalore in the past, Gayle will be happy to be back at this venue. The short boundaries make him a dangerous customer especially since he has been striking the ball well. In 9 games, Gayle has plundered 421 runs at an attractive average of 52.62. His strike rate is almost touching 160 which will send shivers down the spine of the Bangalore bowlers.

Vice-Captain: Moeen Ali is your everyday three-dimensional player who will go about his business without much fuss. His exploits with the bat in the last 3 games have helped Bangalore win a couple of games. He might be given the responsibility of bowling to the likes of Gayle and Miller as both are hesitant starters against spin bowling.

Fantasy Tips

Steyn’s phenomenal comeback to cricket has helped Bangalore immensely. The South African speedster has been running in hard and have hit the right lengths and he has been awarded for the same, much to the delight of his skipper. Murugan Ashwin can fox the likes of Kohli and de Villiers if he gets his length right.

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Dream 11 Prediction

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

Wicket-keeper – Parthiv Patel

Batsmen – Chris Gayle (VC), David Miller, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (C), Akshdeep Nath

All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Moeen Ali

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Fantasy Tips

Miller has got enough talent to shepherd the middle order and take on the likes of Chahal if the need arises. He has been striking the ball well but somehow the big knock has eluded him. This might just be the game where Millers plays a match-winning hand.

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

Keeper – KL Rahul

Batsmen – Mayank Agarwal (C), AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Akshdeep Nath

All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali (VC)

Bowlers – Murugan Ashwin, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Fantasy Tips

After missing out in the previous game, Kohli is likely to get amongst the runs given his appetite for runs and current form. Mayank Agarwal’s see-saw season must end if Punjab want to press for a spot in the Play-offs. The right-hander has played a lot of cricket at this venue for Karnataka which will help his cause.

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