IPL 2019, Official Season Challenge: Round 3 – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

IPL 2019, Official Season Challenge: Round 3 – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

Both Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders get to play three matches in this round.

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Rajasthan Royals. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The first two rounds of the Indian Premier League (IPL) official championship fantasy league were dominated by big performing all-rounders and overseas batsmen. Some star Indian players can be considered to have underperformed given the expectations over them ahead of the tournament. The upcoming 3rd round will have three matches to be played by the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab respectively. The focus will be on the players of those two teams who get an extra game compared to the remaining six.

Here is our fantasy guide for the IPL Fantasy League season mode:

(Can be played on Dream11 and Official IPL Fantasy)

Round 3 schedule – KKR and KXIP to play three matches each while DC and RR play one. All the remaining four teams will play two matches apiece.

Wicket-Keepers:

Suggestions – KL Rahul, Jonny Bairstow

Alternatives – Jos Buttler, Rishabh Pant

Economical Picks – Ishan Kishan

KL Rahul is slowly getting into his groove and has to be considered from the keeper category for the 3rd round given the extra game in hand. Jonny Bairstow has been impressive scoring 40+ in all four matches and should be picked as one of the two keepers. Buttler and Pant have only one game during this round. MI’s reluctance of picking Yuvraj Singh over Ishan Kishan is costing the team in crucial phases of the innings. The youngster could be a useful picking for the fantasy teams as he costs only 8.5 credits.


Batsmen:

Suggestions – David Warner, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav

Alternatives – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, AB de Villiers

Economical Picks – Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal, Nitish Rana

Virat Kohli’s recent record against spinners is a worrying thing. He will be facing KKR and DC in this round, both the teams have a good number of spinners in their attack. Rohit Sharma looked in glorious touch against RCB and KXIP but his failure in converting the starts is not really enough for his price of 10.5 credits. Sarfaraz Khan is gold dust as he is valued at only 6.5 credits and will be batting at No.4 for three matches during this round.

Shikhar Dhawan and AB de Villiers have been scratchy in the first two matches. As a result, the likes of David Warner, Robin Uthappa and Suryakumar Yadav will be the trustable trio in the batsmen category. Warner is the orange cap holder while Uthappa and Surya played a couple of good knocks thus far. Nitish Rana will also be more than a handy pick as he costs only 8.5 credits.


All-Rounders:

Suggestions – Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell

Alternatives – Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Sunil Narine

Economical Picks – Sam Curran, Shivam Dube

Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya had three good matches with the bat so far. Both the devastating players are good at making most in all the departments. Dwayne Bravo could miss this round games as he was seen limping in the game against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Narine’s selection is also subjected to his fitness but can be picked based on toss result of the 17th game. Stoinis will have a key role to play for the RCB while Sam Curran might be rotated for Gayle and Tye.


Bowlers:

Suggestions – Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Imran Tahir, Mohammed Shami

Alternatives – Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jofra Archer

Economical Picks – Mohit Sharma, Shreyas Gopal, Harshal Patel

The leg-spinners Rashid, Chahal and Tahir will be the first preferred names in the bowlers’ category. Mohammed Shami will be a worthy selection given KXIP will be playing three matches. MI could be seen resting Jasprit Bumrah for at least one of the two matches in this round. The pacer had suffered blows to his shoulder and face in this tournament so far though they were not threatening ones.

Both Kuldeep and Bhuvneshwar gained form in their respective matches in Delhi against the Delhi Capitals. Shreyas Gopal will be an economical pick but has got only one match to play in this round. Mohit Sharma could retain his place given the struggles of Shardul Thakur and injury concern of Dwayne Bravo.


Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Andre Russell will be perfect for captain role as KKR have three matches in this round. Kings XI’s KL Rahul can be a useful selection for the multiplier roles. Going by the recent form of both David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will be ideal for a multiplier option along with Hardik Pandya.

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*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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