posted on 2019-05-13 10:05:00
posted by CricXtasy Staff
Dotball Fantasy Tips: Mumbai v Chennai – Old foes battle again for supremacy
Is Chennai’s batting worth wagering upon? Which Mumbai bowler presents the best opportunity for fantasy points? Should Rohit Sharma be your captain? All your fantasy queries answered.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
The Hyderabad pitch has been batting friendly but it has also been among the fairest through the season always offering something for the bowlers.
Mumbai have tamed Chennai every single time they have met this season, twice they dominated Chennai in Chennai which in itself is no mean feat. Chennai, meanwhile, have somehow huffed and puffed their way into the final despite below par batting. On Friday night they were handed the qualifier on platter as Delhi failed to get going against the spinners and by the time they tried accelerating, it was far too late. Chennai are no strangers to finals and neither are Mumbai, and despite whatever momentum each team has, this should be a closely contested final with Mumbai’s bowling looking like the crucial edge that might settle this. At stake is the title and the bragging rights of being the most successful franchise in the competition with four titles. Mumbai’s batting has looked balanced all through the season and they seem to have a measure of the Chennai bowling, which makes them hold two important advantages over their opponents. But MS Dhoni’s men have a knack for getting it together in a big game and they will be counting on one last heist this season.
Fantasy Tips and Pointers
It is down to the Pandya brothers again as must picks - Hardik’s spectacular season with the bat continues, but his bowling has also improved leaps and bounds. With Krunal Pandya bowling in the powerplay, it is highly likely that he picks up a wicket or two. Meanwhile, Mumbai also have the calmest head on the pitch in the from of Suryakumar Yadav who has been excellent and consistent throughout the season and accumulated a fine 409 runs @ an average of 34. Chennai will rely on their wily old foxes Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir as well as Deepak Chahar, and while they have good performances from the last game (the qualifier v Delhi) going for them, pick them at your own risk because Mumbai have the measure of them. One left field pick might be Mitch McClenaghan who is likely to feature and did excellently against the same Chennai team in the first qualfier.
Likely Playing XIs
Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni(C).
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayadu.
All-Rounders: Kedar Jadhav, DJ Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja.
Bowlers: Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar.
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock.
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard.
Bowlers: Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
How it might play out – Match Prediction
An exceptionally competitive and close game is highly likely but Mumbai hold the talent and the psychological win. A fourth title win looks on the cards for Rohit Sharma as his men restrict Chennai again.
Dotball Prediction XIs:
Preferred team for Dotball Head to Head / Small Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock
Batsmen: Faf Du Plessis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh
Captain: Hardik Pandya - his double threat continues to be the key to a Mumbai win.
Vice-Captain: Imran Tahir, who’s already demonstrated extraordinary consistency and just stands one wicket behind Rabada in terms of the purple cap stakes.
Preferred team for Dotball Rumble / Grand Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni
Batsmen: Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Keiron Pollard, Rohit Sharma
All-Rounders: Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar
Captain: MS Dhoni has bailed his team out quite a few times this season and it’s worth a punt that he might need to bat for a long time again because of a top order misfire
Vice-Captain: Lasith Malinga has been brilliant with his bowling lengths to Chennai batsmen and should trouble them again on this track.