Indian T20 League 2019: Match 43, Kolkata vs Rajasthan – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match tips and Match Updates

Indian T20 League 2019: Match 43, Kolkata vs Rajasthan – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match tips and Match Updates

Russell or Smith? Whom you should make the captain in your fantasy team?

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Both Kolkata and Rajasthan stand at the wrong side of the points table – at the 6th and 7th spot respectively – and, with only 4 games apiece left in the season, they are facing an uphill task of making it to the qualifiers. Kolkata’s slump in form has particularly been poor as they have faced defeats in each of their last 5 clashes. On the other hand, after a poor start to the season, Rajasthan haven’t really picked up momentum as they have only 3 wins to show for after 10 games.

A loss here will end Rajasthan’s forgettable season and a Kolkata win will bring them back in contention for a spot in the final four. Kolkata will take confidence from an away win over Rajasthan earlier in the league when they face Smith’s men at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

Much of Kolkata’s problem this year has been the form (or the lack of it) of the spinners. The likes of Kuldeep, Narine and Chawla have been ineffective and have leaked runs during the middle overs. As a result, Eden Gardens have seen teams posting high totals this year and it will be prudent to include big-hitting batsmen in your fantasy teams.

The likes of Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag can be good bets and so can be a certain Andre Russell. With the way things stand, Kolkata will still start this game as marginal favourites due to the home advantage.

Head to Head: Last 5 games

Kolkata: 4

Rajasthan: 1

Likely XIs

Kolkata:

Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik (C)

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana

All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, H Gurney

Rajasthan:

Wicket-keeper: Sanju Samson

Batsmen: Steve Smith (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Austin Turner

All-Rounders: Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag

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

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Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:

Wicket-Keeper: Sanju Samson

Batsmen: Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Auston Turner

All-Rounders: Andre Russell (C), Sunil Narine, Riyan Parag

Bowlers: Shreyas Gopal (VC), Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: The big Jamaican has hit 41 sixes in only 9 outings which is 10 more than the next best. It has been that kind of a season for Andre Russell. He has recorded only two scores under 45 this year and still has a lot left in the tank. His battle with Archer will be an interesting one to watch out for. Karthik must use his services more with the ball

Vice-Captain: Gopal has spun the ball a long way and has foxed the best in the business this year. He tends to lose the plot against the big hitters but if he can stick to his stock delivery, he will triumph against them more often than not. 12 wickets from 10 games at an economy rate of 7.02 underlines how well he has bowled throughout the tournament.

Fantasy Tips

Nitish Rana will be looking forward to face as many deliveries from the legspinners in the middle and the form that he is in, the left-hander could end up playing another big innings. Young Rinku Singh will be aiming to replicate his domestic cricket success in the IPL.

Safe Captain Choices:

Andre Russell

Shreyas Gopal

Riyan Parag

Risky Captain Choices:

Ajinkya Rahane

Chris Lynn

Sunil Narine

Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:

Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik

Batsmen: Chris Lynn (VC), Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Auston Turner

All-Rounders: Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Jaydev Unadkat

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Rahane turned the clock back and recorded a century in the IPL after a gap of 7 years in the previous encounter. The stylish right-hander gives Rajasthan quality at the top of the order. With Kolkata struggling with the ball, Rahane has another chance to get a big one. His season strike rate of 140 shows how well he has been hitting the ball.

Vice-Captain: It has been a case of feast or famine for Lynn this year. The Australian has 3 fifties this season yet tallies only 264 runs in 9 innings. With the Rajasthan attack lacking experience with the new ball, this could well turn out to be an opportunity to shine for Lynn.

Fantasy Tips

Stuart Binny’s selection has given Rajasthan a lot of options in both departments as the all-rounder has delivered in the limited opportunities presented to him. Karthik can explode at the end if he gets a few sighters in the middle overs.

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Dream 11

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

Wicket-keeper – Sanju Samson

Batsmen – Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Steve Smith (C), Ajinkya Rahane

All-Rounders – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell (VC), Riyan Parag

Bowlers – Yarra Prithviraj, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer

Fantasy Tips

Archer’s phenomenal consistency with the ball make him an automatic choice in your fantasy teams. Smith has shown what he has to offer in the shortest format of the game and can be a valuable option for users.

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

Keeper – Sanju Samson (VC)

Batsmen – Chris Lynn (C), Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith

All-Rounders – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Ben Stokes

Bowlers – Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer

Fantasy Tips

Sunil Narine will relish facing a thin Rajasthan bowling attack and can demolish the spinners during the Powerplay. Ben Stokes will aim to end his poor campaign on a high before he flies back home to resume international duties.

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