Indian T20 League 2019, Match 52: Punjab v Kolkata – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Match Tips and Match Updates
A must-win game for both the teams in their bid to make it to the playoffs.
Updated - May 3, 2019 12:51 am
After sliding to three successive defeats, Punjab find themselves in a tricky spot. Likewise, Kolkata have only a solitary win to show in their previous 7 games. Both teams are locked at 5 wins from 12 games and occupy the 6th and 7th spot in the points table. With a spot in the playoffs still in their sights, both teams must win the remaining two league games to stake a claim. The last time both teams collided earlier in the season, Kolkata secured a comfortable win which will give them an upper hand when they travel to Mohali to face Punjab on Friday.
With Gayle, Narine and Russell expected to participate in this game, there will be no shortage of firepower. If you are selecting a fantasy team, try and sneak in every three of these, if you are still left with enough credits, include KL Rahul, who has scored more than 500 runs this year. The Mohali surface will offer assistance to the pacers which the likes of Mohammad Shami and Harry Gurney could exploit. With the competition for places in the qualifiers getting complex, expect this contest to be a high-scoring thriller.
Head to Head: Last 5 games
Wicket-Keeper: Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh
All-Rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Zadran
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen/Arshdeep Nath
Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik (C)
Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa/Rinku Singh
All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Braithwaite
Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier/Prasidh Krishna.
Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: KL Rahul (VC)
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran
All-Rounders: Andre Russell (C), Carlos Brathwaite
Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Captain and Vice-Captain choices:
Captain: Russell is only 14 runs short of tallying 500 runs for the first time in an IPL season. To score that many runs at an average of 69.42 and a strike rate of 207.69 shows his unbelievable form coupled with sheer consistency. He is fresh from a brutal unbeaten 80 which he scored while batting at No. 3. With Kolkata needing to up their NRR, they may promote him again in this game which will provide another opportunity for him to score a big one.
Vice-Captain: For the second successive seasons, Rahul has amassed more than 500 runs and looks far from done. With Kolkata not quite having the experience in their pace attack, Rahul will look to go hard in the Powerplay. He will be motivated to topple Warner from the top of the most run-getter’s list.
Shubman Gill’s return to form augurs well for the Kolkata side since Lynn is having a middling season. His pristine 76 against Mumbai was a perfect platform for the power hitters to explode at the end. He will look to do an encore and help his team get ahead in the race of qualifying for the final four.
Safe Captain Choices:
Risky Captain Choices:
Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Chris Gayle (C), Nicholas Pooran
All-Rounders: Sunil Narine (VC), Carlos Brathwaite, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Harry Gurney, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Captain and Vice-Captain choices:
Captain: Out of 11 innings, Gayle has only 3 scores of under-20 this year which speak volumes about his consistency. His strike rate of 161.73 further reflects his impact. He usually takes his game a notch higher in the business end of the tournament and Punjab need his prowess more than anytime before.
Vice-Captain: Sunil Narine has picked a wicket each in 10 games and has also scored a few runs at a blistering strike rate of 166.27. Kolkata might not use him too much with the bat but will rely on his fast cutters at Mohali.
Pooran’s addition has given Punjab a new lease of life in the middle-order. He can up the ante as soon as he strides out to the middle and does a neat job behind the stumps which gives Rahul some breathing space as well.
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Dream 11 Prediction
Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Wicket-keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (C)
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (VC), Ravi Ashwin
Bowlers – Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Ashwin’s returns in this IPL has proven many people wrong about the effectiveness of an off-spinner in the shortest format of the game. With the stakes at an all-time high, Ashwin will raise his game even more and is likely to produce the goods for his side.
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Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn (C), Nitish Rana, Chris Gayle, David Miller
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine (VC), Andre Russell
Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
Karthik has scored 112 runs scattered across two games without getting dismissed. His return to form makes him a valuable pick as he provides stability and the willingness to play big knocks.