IPL 2018 Fantasy Guru: What your team should look like for MI vs RCB

IPL 2018 Fantasy Guru: What your team should look like for MI vs RCB

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(Uncapped) Siddarth Kaul out – Suryakumar Yadav in

Uncapped preference order: Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Mayank Markande, Kulwant Khejroliya 

Captain – Virat Kohli 

Captaincy preference order: Virat Kohli, Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers

Differential – Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis (c), Suryakumar Yadav 

Guru’s team ahead of MI vs RCB: V Kohli, AB de Villiers, Q de Kock, S Yadav, L Rahul, R Uthappa, N Rana, B Stokes, A Russell, M Markande, K Khejroliya 

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We should again see a lot of runs on offer at Wankhede, with two batting heavyweights pitted against two strictly average bowling units. And it is one of the reasons Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers are already in my XI.

I don’t expect any of the bowlers involved today - including Jasprit Bumrah - to give any significant returns, so I have decided to keep all of them out. With RCB's batting covered, it leaves us with only Mumbai Indians' batting options to ponder about.

Despite the loss against Delhi Daredevils, expect the recent batting order changes made by Mumbai to be permanent. As a result, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan are at least temporarily out of contention for my fantasy team – because with Suryakumar Yadav opening the innings now, who comes in at one down largely depends on who gets out first, as the team management seems keen on keeping on the left-right combination at the crease intact. 

And both Lewis and Suryakumar being in good form make it even worse, as the pair could easily bat out a considerable number of overs on a regular basis. With so many better options around within the team and around the league, wasting time on Rohit or Kishan isn’t worth it. 

Evin Lewis continues to get better every match, and I expect him to be amongst the runs today as well. But taking him out after the first three matches was a conscious decision, as Mumbai were set to feature only once in the next eleven games after the Delhi Daredevils encounter, and in Suryakumar moving up, I also saw an opportunity for an alternative captaincy choice, who could just be roped in for free.

So as long as he doesn't go completely crazy, I should be fine, as keeping him out saves me at least two subs. The West Indian will be right back in once Mumbai start playing matches at regular intervals.


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