posted on 2019-05-08 08:08:37
posted by CricXtasy Staff
Dotball Fantasy Tips: Delhi v Hyderabad – Hyderabad look to dodge elimination again
Should you have Rashid Khan as captain? Will Prithvi Shaw shine again or is Rishabh Pant the better pick? All your fantasy queries answered.
Dr Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakhapatnam
This will be the first game here this season but Vizag has generally been known for its batsmen friendly tracks and it is likely to be the same for this game with a bit of assistance for spinners.
Hyderabad dodged elimination after Mumbai did them a favour by beating and eliminating Kolkata opening the door for Kane Williamson’s men to make it to the playoffs with a record low haul of just 12 points. Meanwhile, Delhi would consider themselves unlucky to be playing the eliminator after they finished third on NRR - a scenario they could have avoided had they not suffered such a heavy defeat in Chennai, the team which incidentally finished ahead of them. Nonetheless, Delhi will be favourites in this eliminator because they ended the season on a fine run of 4 wins in their last 5 games whereas Hyderabad had the worst of all finishes - 4 losses in their last 5, including their last two games. Last season’s runners-up will have to pull their socks up especially in the top order where the makeshift duo of Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill have not been able to make a real dent. Their bowling unit might like these conditions and that may turn out to be an important edge in a game where regardless of the previous form, tiny bits of fortune here and there could be the difference between survival and elimination. Delhi will be without Kagiso Rabada which is a huge blow but they have the batting depth to cover up for the South African spearhead’s absence.
Fantasy Tips and Pointers
Martin Guptill has looked distinctly out of touch so far but a pitch where he can play through the line and not have to worry about swing might just be what he needs to kickstart his innings. Along with him, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson in Hyderabad’s middle order might also be important pick given the conditions. If Hyderabad pick Yusuf Pathan again he would be the opposite of a must pick, the elder Pathan has looked woefully out of touch and you are best off preserving precious credits for players like Rashid Khan and even Mohammad Nabi. For Delhi, the usual suspects are the must picks - their top 4 of Dhawan, Shaw, Pant and Iyer have a combined 1521 runs among them - but it is Rishabh Pant with his strike rate of 160+ who stands out as a possible game changer. And if you are looking for a more low key yet impactful pick, Axar Patel might not be a bad choice.
Likely Playing XIs
Wicket-Keeper: Wriddhiman Saha
Batsmen: Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan
All-Rounders: Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Nabi
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(C), Colin Ingram
All-Rounders: Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
How it might play out – Match Prediction
It is expected to be a batting bonanza and usually at the fag end of the season with the bowlers tiring that seems to be the case. And if it is a high scoring contest Delhi have the edge regardless of whether they bat first or chase because they simply have the flexibility and batting depth to blow Hyderabad away.
Dotball Prediction XIs:
Preferred team for Dotball Head to Head / Small Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan, Martin Guptill, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders: Vijay Shankar, Sherfane Rutherford
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Amit Mishra
Captain: The conditions should be ideal for Shikhar Dhawan who is the leading run-scorer for Delhi with 486 runs and resides in top 10 run-getters list for the season.
Vice-Captain: If it is Hyderabad there is no ignoring Rashid Khan whose economy of 6.46/over might change the game in the middle overs.
Preferred team for Dotball Rumble / Grand Contests:
Batsmen: Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Prithvi Shaw
All-Rounders: Mohammed Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Keemo Paul, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Captain: Manish Pandey, who has hit a bit of a purple patch is a big game player. In an elimination game, he might just unleash his best.
Vice-Captain: Delhi have had a quiet but effective contributor in Ishant Sharma, who has 10 wickets at an economy of 7.66/over. Expect some powerplay wickets from him.