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07 May 2019: DC vs SRH IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

07 May 2019: DC vs SRH IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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Two well balanced teams lock horns for a spot in the qualifier two of the VIVO IPL 2019. The ACA-VDCA stadium in Andhra Pradesh holds this season’s eliminator. Delhi and Hyderabad who finished third and fourth respectively have only one shot at the trophy, with the loser getting eliminated. The winner will go on to face either Mumbai Indians or Chennai Super Kings from their qualifier match. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi has been one of the top sides of IPL 2019. Despite finishing the group stage with 18 points, Delhi were placed third because of a lower NRR than MI and CSK. Delhi started off the season poorly and it looked like it was the same Delhi Daredevils who had faltered in the previous seasons. But the change DC underwent has been remarkable to turn into a serious contender for the title. Under the capable leadership of young Shreyas Iyer, Delhi has become a force to be recognized. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan put up fine opening partnerships to set the innings for Rishabh Pant and Iyer. The likes of Sherfane Rutherford and Colin Ingram provide stability to the middle order.

Delhi will surely miss the services of Kagsio Rabada. The South African was the best bolwer for DC and the whole tournament. The responsibility now falls on the veteran pacers Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma. This duo will have to shut down SRH with the help of Amit Mishra. The spinner along with Axar Patel also has to be at their best in the match.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be vital for scoring runs. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra will be the same for bowling.

Predicted XI

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

SRH endured a nervy group stage. They had to wait until the final day to see whether they would qualify or not. With 12 points in the bag and just a slight better NRR than KKR, bagged Sunrisers the fourth place in the table. SRH became the first team in IPL history to qualify even after securing 12 points. SRH started the season well but lost track midway, especially due to the over dependence of Warner and Bairstow. With the duo now gone, SRH look on Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Manish Pandey to do the needful. Even though replicating the destructive batting of Warner and Bairstow will be next to impossible, SRH will need to do their best to win this match.

SRH have a potent bowling attack led by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Kumar along with Khaleel Ahmed have formed a very good partnership. The pace duo has been responsible for many collapses in the opposition teams. SRH still have their ace Rashid Khan. Although the spinner has seen a dip in form, he is not to be trifled with. Delhi is sure to be weary of the SRH bowlers.

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey are the key performers in batting. Bhuvi, Khaleel and Rashid will overlook the bowling attack.

Predicted XI

Kane Willaimson, Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Wridhhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma.

Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    This will surely be an explosive match. Delhi and Hyderabad, both are well balanced teams. Delhi will just beat out SRH in a close encounter.

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    06 May 2019: MI vs CSK Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

    06 May 2019: MI vs CSK Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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    Finally it’s time for the qualifiers of the Indian Premier League 2019 edition. For our first playoff, we will see the Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram stadium. The three time champions will aim to directly book a final passage after finishing in the top two. Chennai on the other hand are the firm favourites for this year’s IPL.  . So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

    Mumbai Indians

    Mumbai are in a joyous mood. Not only they qualified for the playoffs but they managed the top spot, hence securing two shots at the finals. MI however will look to book a place in the finals tomorrow only. MI has played well, especially their batting. Rohit Sharma and Quintin de Kock provide good opening partnerships. The form of Sharma was in question early on the IPL, but the hitman has bounced back for MI. The middle order with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya provided good backup for runs. Pandya in particular has been the most impressive of the lot, with his fiery batting prowess.

    In the bowling ranks Mumbai have Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. This duo is the best death over bowlers of IPL. Malinga and Bumrah have picked up wickets as well as have been stringent with the run flow. Pandya has proved quite nifty with the ball too. The all rounder’s bowling during the slog overs will be pivotal for Mumbai. The likes of Mitchell McClenaghan and Rahul Chahar will also need to be at their best in this match.

    Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are the main threats for the batting line up. Malinga and Bumrah will pivotal in the bowling. Pandya will be the key player for Mumbai in this match.

    Predicted XI

    Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

    Chennai Super Kings

    Chennai have reached the IPL playoffs a record nine times. Unquestionably the most consistent IPL team, CSK are looking to win the title a fourth time. Chennai are on a poor run though, having won just two of the past six matches. Dhoni has rescued the team more than once. The batting line up, though boasting big names still lack that spark. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis will again open the innings for CSK. Raina, Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav will need to be at their best. Captain cool MS Dhoni, has been the best of the CSK lot in terms of scoring.

    The bowling of CSK has been a tad better than their batting. Veteran spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been exceptionally good for CSK. What CSK lack though is the pace. Chahar and Bravo will be looking to be at their best against a deathly bowling unit of MI.

    MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis will be key players in the batting. Harbhajan and Tahir will be key players in the bowling.

    Predicted XI

    Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

    Prediction: Who’ll Win?

    Two heavy weights lock horns in a tense encounter. Mumbai will be looking to book their place and CSK will bring on their full might. Expect, Mumbai to edge it out in an end to end match.

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    05 May 2019: MI vs KKR IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

    05 May 2019: MI vs KKR IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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    It’s the last match of the group stages of IPL 2019. Mumbai take on Kolkata at the Wankhede. Mumbai have already qualified with 8 wins, while KKR will do so with a win. Kolkata sit on 12 points and a win will take them to the qualifiers, now that SRH have lost. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

    Mumbai Indians

    Mumbai have already sealed the qualifying berth and are now looking to grab the second spot. A win against old favourites KKR will certainly do the job. MI is in a good form as of late, especially after defeating table toppers Chennai at their home ground. Skipper Rohit Sharma returned to his old self in the past few matches. Hardik Pandya is the form of his life and MI will look to utilize him to knock KKR bowlers around the park. Yadav and Pollard will need to assist Pandya down the order.

    The return of Lasith Malinga has immediately strengthened Mumbai’s bowling attack. Malinga took home four wickets against Chennai. With him and Bumrah, MI have the best death over duo in IPL. Hardik and Krunal do well in the slog overs with Sran providing extra option.

    Hardik Pandya will be the danger man for MI. Lewis and Pollard also have the ability to clear the ropes with ease. Malinga and Bumrah are undoubtedly the main threat to KKR.

    Predicted XI

    Rohit Sharma, Quintin de Kock, Evin Lewis, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, jasprit Bumrah.

    Kolkata Knight Riders

    KKR have to win this one at all costs. Kolkata started off well but have been unable to carry on the momentum in the last few matches. Now SRH are out, KKR will qualify with a win as they are on 12 points. The over dependence on Russell in the first few matches have cost KKR dearly. With any other batsman unable to find the mark, KKR are in a tight spot now. Bumping up Shubman Gill has been of help. Lynn and Nitish Rana also have struggled with the bat this season. Captain Dinesh Karthik has improved his form in the recent matches and will hope to continue on his form today. Russell is the main person KKR will look to win the match.

    It’s not just the batting which has been poor for KKR. A constant leakage of runs has cost them badly. The absence of a specialist death over bowler has also been hurtful to the team. Despite that, Piyush Chawla remains KKR’s most influential bowler. Narine and young Prasidh Krishna will look to utilize the slow pitch to their advantage.

    Karthik is the hope of a poor batting form. Russell is dangerous as always if he gets going. Chawla and Narine hopefully can get things done on a slow track.

    Predicted XI

    Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna.

    Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

    It’s the bowling which will decide the winner of today’s match. Mumbai sure have the edge when it comes to pace but the better spinners will take the match in KKR’s favour.

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    KXIP vs CSK 05 May 2019 Match Analysis: Who’ll Win?

    KXIP vs CSK 05 May 2019 Match Analysis: Who’ll Win?

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    The VIVO IPL 2019 is coming to its grand finale. With just two matches to go and one spot still up for grabs, KXIP take on CSK. Chennai, already qualified are looking to seal the top spot with a win. Punjab on the other side is on 10 points and are more or less out of the competition. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

    Kings XI Punjab

    Kings XI is sitting on 10 points after playing 13 matches. After their loss in the last match against KKR, Punjab are merely bystanders in the 2019 IPL season. Overly reliant on the openers Rahul and Gayle, the middle order of KXIP failed in the big matches. KXIP take on Chennai to salvage some pride in their last match. The likes of Sam Curran and Dave Miller are sure to trouble the CSK bowlers. Ashwin will be sure to add as much firepower in the batting as he can to unsettle the Chennai side. It will also be a bitter sweet meeting for the former CSK star Ashwin returning to his former home ground.

    Kings XI Punjab has a good bowling attack with the likes of Ravi Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Sam Curran. Youngsters Arshdeep Singh and Murugan Ashwin will have to do their best to leave a good impression before the season ends.

    Rahul, Sam Curran and and Nicholas Pooran are vital for batting. Shami and Ashwin will look to stop the best of CSK.

    Predicted XI

    KL Rahul, Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin, Arshdeep SIngh, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye.

    Chennai Super Kings

    Chennai have qualified and are looking to solidify that top spot for them. Chennai have been one of the strongest and consistent teams in IPL and will be looking to lift their third trophy. After defeating Delhi in the last match, CSK are in prime position for another final. The likes of Watson and Raina will need to step up to provide some assist to Dhoni and Jadhav. However, coach Stephen Flemming revealed he might make some rotations today in order to give the key players a much needed rest. Against the bowling of KXIP, Chennai will need to score runs and not keep a low scoring total, which they seem to prefer.

    Chennai’s bowling unit seems to have improved over the matches.. Bravo proved costly in the last match and will look to restrict his fellow countryman Gayle. The duo of Jadeja and Imran Tahir will also need to step up against the huge hitters in the Punjab line up. Tahir is the stand out bowler for CSK and looks to overtake Rabada for the purple cap. The pitch is known to be erratic and Dhoni will be looking to chase down a doable total.

    Predicted XI

    Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu , Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jhadav.

    Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

    This will be a test of captaincy between the aggressive Ashwin and the calm Dhoni. Both have different approaches to the game and it will be interesting to see who wins the toss on such an unpredictable pitch. Expect a mouth watering clash between two really good sides with Chennai edging out a win.

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    DC vs RR Match Analysis and Prediction: Who’ll Win?

    DC vs RR Match Analysis and Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    Delhi takes on Rajasthan in a tense encounter, at the Firoz Shah Kotla for match number 53 of the VIVO IPL 2019. Delhi has reached their first playoffs since 2012 and is on the course of making history. Rajasthan on the other hand faced struggles this season and have to win at all costs against Delhi. It’s their one and only chance to get closer to the only spot left for playoffs. . We bring to you the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course match predictions.

    Delhi Capitals

    Delhi has qualified for the first time in seven years. With 16 points in their kitty, a win will put them on par with CSK. If placed in the top two, Delhi will find themselves with an advantage of getting two shots or directly move on two the final. DC has put forth a collective team effort so far in the tournament. Especially after a poor start, Delhi have backed themselves up under the dynamic Shreyas Iyer. The likes of Prithvi Shaw and veteran Shikhar Dhawan played big roles in contributing towards the runs. Rishabh Pant has been in an unbelievable form this season. The youngster has been the main backbone of the Delhi batting. The likes of Colin Ingram and Shane Rutherford down the order give DC an extra edge to their batting.

    Delhi Capitals suffered a huge blow with the injury of Kagsio Rabada. The pacer was the best bowler of the tournament with 25 wickets to his name. A back problem has led Rabada to sit out with the World Cup around the corner; the team is not willing to take chances. The likes of Boult, Chris Morris and Rutherford will have to do their best now.

    Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are a threat in the batting. Amit Mishra and Chris Morris will be key to bowling.

    Predicted XI

    Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Shane Rutherford, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Jagadeesha Suchith.

    Rajasthan Royals

    Rajasthan suffered a huge blow in the last match against RCB where rain played a spoil sport. Now the chances of RR going to the playoffs are extremely slim. First off they have to win against DC and then hope the remaining two matches go in their favour. It’s a lot to ask for. Now with Steven Smith gone, Rahane is back in the captain’s post. RR has weakened considerably after Archer, Buttler and Ben Stokes left for their camps. This piles all the more pressure on Rahane and co. to give it their all in today’s match. Rahane, Samson and Livingstone need to perform their best if Royals have any hope of qualifying.

    Rajasthan will bank of their star bowler Shreyas Gopal to be at his best against DC. Oshane Thomas could prove to be a dark horse for RR. Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Aaron will also need to perform well to win.

    Ajinkiya Rahane and Liam Livingstone pose threats in batting. Shreyas Gopal and Oshane Thomas will be key in the bowling.

    Predicted XI

    Ajinkiya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron.

    Prediction: Who’ll Win?

    This is going to be a thrilling match all the way to the end. Delhi Capitals might just work it to their advantage at their home ground.

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