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IPL Fantasy Cricket Tip #23: DD v GL

The teams: Delhi Daredevils v Gujarat Lions. Both teams have done well in the tournament so far, having lost just one game each. GL took advantage of Kohli’s decision to bat first in their last game to chase down a large total against RCB. The Dwayne Smith – Brendon McCullum combination was back together at the top for GL and recreated the damage they had done while opening the batting in yellow for CSK. DD has been the surprise of the tournament so far. With 3 wins in a row, their mentor Rahul Dravid will be pleased as DD haven’t managed to achieve this in the last 4 years. The DD v GL contest will be interesting – while GL seem to have the best batting line up, DD’s bowlers have done really well in the tournament so far.

The Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This ground historically favours the chasing team and the side batting first will look to post at least 150 on this ground. In the last game, both Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir did well, both in terms of wickets as well as economy rate so expect the spinners to play an important role.

Our picks for your fantasy cricket team 

Amit Mishra – Mishra is a handful on the Kotla wicket. His ability to flight the ball will make it hard for the GL batsmen to go after his big spinning leggies and googlies. He is definitely gunning for that purple cap over the course of the tournament.

Suresh Raina – Raina has been one of the IPL’s most successful batsmen since its inception. He will be looking to continue his good form from the last 2 games and play another big innings. If the opening combination lays a decent platform, Raina will have the freedom to come in and start playing his signature shots over mid wicket straightaway.

Sanju Samson – Our *wildcard* pick for this game, Samson proved that he was a serious player while at the Rajasthan Royals and is continuing his good form for his new franchise. Samson is technically correct and has the ability to clear the ropes. Having Rahul Dravid as a mentor at RR and DD seems to have really brought out the best in him.

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