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IPL 2018: Fantasy tips for MI vs RCB

2.46K   //    17 Apr 2018, 15:25 IST

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he 14th match of the Indian Premier League 2018 promises to be an exciting contest. Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will be up against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Both teams are yet to find the right combination of players and have struggled so far.

With star players such as Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers and Rohit Sharma featuring in this contest, it will be difficult to select a fantasy team.

Fantasy factors for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians haven't had the best of starts to this season's IPL. They have been a part of 3 nail-biters and have lost all of them. The openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis looked in great touch in the previous match against the Delhi Daredevils.

I would prefer Suryakumar Yadav ahead of Evin Lewis due to the former's dependability and patience. Evin Lewis is a hit or miss kind of player whereas; Suryakumar has shown signs of improvement.

Ishan Kishan has been in tremendous form throughout the year. He has had a couple of scores in excess of 40 and he will be hungry for more. His strike rate gives an added advantage and he is a must in the fantasy team. Rohit Sharma has had a rough time in this year's edition and hasn't had a score in excess of 20.

The fact that he has demoted himself to no.4 makes it harder for him to find his form. So, I wouldn't advise you all to have him in your team.

Kieron Pollard might not get to play anything more than 5-10 balls. So, he isn't of any use to your team. The Pandya brothers are match winners but they might not get a lot balls to face.

They might not bowl their full quota of overs as both of them have shared the responsibility of completing the quota of 4 overs together. So, they might not get you a lot of points and are of little use.

Akila Dhananjaya had a poor outing in the last match and I don't see him getting any better against a destructive batting line-up. Mayank Markande has been the find of the tournament so far.


He had a poor match the last time around but it was largely due to the fact that the Delhi Daredevils' batsmen were swinging their bats at everything. I expect him to comeback stronger and with a different game plan.

The pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman have been in decent form but they might not pick up more than a couple of wickets. So, I will leave them out of the team for now.

Fantasy factors for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore has lost 2 matches and won a match out of the 3 they have played so far. The top 4 has failed to fire in unison and their bowling hasn't been at their best. Quinton De Kock and Brendon McCullum have been good in patches.

McCullum scored 43 in the first match and scored 4 in the next 2. De Kock failed in the first match but has looked in good touch in the last 2 outings. I wouldn't pick them till they start scoring runs with consistency.

Virat Kohli's inclusion in the team is a no-brainer, he is one of the best batsmen in the world. He scored a 50 in RCB's last match against RR and that should have given him plenty of confidence for this match.

AB De Villiers is a must in the fantasy team on most days but not against MI. He has struggled against Krunal Pandya, they both have played against each other on 4 occasions and Krunal has had the better of ABD on all 4 occasions.

Mandeep Singh has been in great form and has scored more than 20 runs in all the matches this year. He has scored more than 100 runs at a good strike rate. He could be the differential pick in your team.

Pawan Negi wasn't used properly in the last match and I don't expect him to get a lot of points. Washington Sundar has had a poor time in this year's Vivo IPL. I will not include him in my team till he comes back into form.

Chris Woakes has picked up 7 wickets in the 3 matches that he has played in and he is expected to continue the good form. So, I will have him in my team. Yuzvendra Chahal had a great outing in the last match but I will wait for him to perform well in another match before thinking about him.

Umesh Yadav and Kulwant Khejroliya aren't the best options when it comes to picking up wickets and getting points.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Power player

Virat Kohli should be your pick here due to his ability to score big (The player who scores double the points is known as power player).

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