Indian T20 League 2019, Match 56: Mumbai v Kolkata - Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Updates

Indian T20 League 2019, Match 56: Mumbai v Kolkata – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Updates

A win here will put Kolkata in the playoffs while Mumbai have a chance to finish among the top two.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo: IANS)

Such has been the competition among teams this year that a team is still vying for a spot in the top four even in the final league game of the tournament. Having already qualified, Mumbai will host a power-packed Kolkata at the Wankhede on Sunday evening and will have revenge on their minds as Karthik’s men humbled them at the Eden Gardens a week ago. It is a must-win game for Kolkata, who would hope Hyderabad lose their final game on Saturday evening and even if they don’t they will have to better their NRR besides taming Mumbai.

When two heavyweights collide, it is always a delight for the viewers. Fantasy team lovers, however, are usually in a dilemma since both teams possess big guns in their arsenal. The first two players to be on the fantasy team sheet have to be Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya. Both have sizzled with the bat and provide bonus wickets with the ball.

In the keepers department, Karthik is slightly ahead of counterpart de Kock, though you could argue the former has more deliveries to face in every innings. It will eventually come down to which teams handle spin better as the Wankhede surface tend to offer assistance to them. Only fools can predict the outcome of this clash but if you apply cricketing logic, Kolkata have their noses slightly ahead.

Likely XIs


Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Keiron Pollard

All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting

Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Barinder Sran


Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik (C)

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Rinku Singh

All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier

Dotball Prediction:

Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:

Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav

All-Rounders: Andre Russell (C), Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Lasith Malinga (VC)

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Russell has made the best of bowlers look like pedestrians and the boundary ropes almost irrelevant. Such has been his explosive form this year. A strike rate above 200 and an average of 63.75 after 12 outings are a hallmark of his incredible run this year. His bowling hasn’t been bad either as he has 11 wickets from 13 games. It will be naive to not make Russel your fantasy team skipper given his form and dual roles.

Vice-Captain: Malinga’s economy rate is almost nudging 10 this year but he has provided crucial wickets to Rohit at various junctures of the game. The Sri Lankan enjoys playing at the Wankhede and is expected to play another big role in this game.

Fantasy Tips

Suryakumar Yadav showed what he can do during his brisk 23 in the previous game. The way he was striking the ball, a big innings is seemingly looks on the cards.

Safe Captain Choices:

Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Quinton de Kock

Risky Captain Choices:

Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:

Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik

Batsmen: Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis

All-Rounders: Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya (VC)

Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah (C), Lasith Malinga

Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain: Barring the odd occasion, Bumrah has been a safe bet for Mumbai at the death. Whenever there is a partnership building, Rohit has thrown the ball to Bumrah and he has delivered more often than not. His remarkable accuracy will trouble Russell in the end overs.

Vice-Captain: Pandya’s clean strikes has been a sight to behold this season. With 373 runs at 46.62 and a strike rate almost touching 200, this is by far the most prolific season with the bat for Pandya. With the ball, he has taken responsibility to bowl the difficult overs and hasn’t done too badly. To not pick him in your fantasy team will be as good as committing a crime.

Fantasy Tips

Shubman Gill’s approach has been so refreshing in an otherwise middling season for Kolkata. His solid performances can lift the morale of any side. The 20-year-old’s confidence will also be sky-high.

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Dream 11 Prediction

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

WicketKeeper – Quinton de Kock

Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill

All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya (VC), Andre Russell (C)

Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier

Fantasy Tips

Sandeep Warrier’s opening spell pegged Punjab back in the previous game. He got the ball to swing and could get some help from the breeze. When all the other frontline pacers have performed poorly, Warrier has delivered just at the right time.

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

WicketKeeper – Dinesh Karthik

Batsmen – Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill (VC)

All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya (C), Krunal Pandya, Sunil Narine

Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla


Fantasy Tips

Chahar’s control this year has been heartening to see. Yes, he was taken to the cleaners by Russell in both sides previous encounter but the leg spinner will be much better prepared this time and could play a decisive role in this match.

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