IPL 2020 Fantasy: Get the finger spinners in and other tips

The most prestigious cricket league, The Indian Premier League gets underway on September 19. Fans are in for a visual treat, as the celebrated tournament is set to take place in the United Arab Emirates. The million-dollar IPL picks become household players in no time, and a lot will be expected from both experienced campaigners as well as newcomers.

Here’s your chance to get involved in the action. The IPL Fantasy league is your opportunity to captain your side to glory, right from the comfort of your couch, and we’ll be with you every step of the way with tips and picks to guide you through each match.


Although Warner-Bairstow do seem like the dream pair to have for any batting line-up, don’t go too heavy on the English or Australian players as there is no clarity on their quarantine period, which makes it difficult for them to feature in the first couple of games.

With the IPL set to be played in only three UAE venues this year, pitches are likely to wear as the tournament goes on. The slower pitches are often a boon to finger-spinners, who rely on turn off the surface more than wrist-spinners, who can more reliably deal in deception. But don’t count off-spinners out just yet, as they can do more than be kryptonite to left-handed batsmen.

It’s worth noting that the best way to pick a player for the team is making a shortlist of your assets from each position of the sport.


David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad (12.5 credits)


The availability of David Warner for the opening fixtures remains uncertain, however, the 3-time Orange Cap winner is one of the most explosive openers in the T20 format of the game. He has delivered consistently in the IPL, stamping

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Shapovalov rallies past Humbert to reach Italian Open quarterfinals

ROME — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

The No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., rallied to beat world No. 47 Ugo Humbert of France 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event on Friday.

Shapovalov, 21, won 85 per cent of points when he got his first serve in and saved all five break-point chances for Humbert.

The Canadian, who is coming off a run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, will next face No. 15 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Dimitrov is 2-0 lifetime against Shapovalov with both wins coming on hard courts.

Dimitrov ended the run of 19-year-old Jannik Sinner with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Sinner, the Italian who had beaten third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round, missed an easy overhead smash into the net on Dimitrov’s fifth match point.

“A loss like that hurts. But I’ll try to take the positive aspects out of it,” Sinner said. “That wasn’t the end I wanted.”

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic was being pushed so hard in the first set by Filip Krajinovic that he urgently needed somewhere to sit down and catch his breath.

Since it was 5-5 and not time for a changeover, he plopped down on one of the new boxes installed behind the court for players’ towels — which are there because ball kids are no longer providing towel service amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It would take Djokovic quite a bit more work before he finally closed out the first set in 1 hour, 28 minutes and went on to finish off a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory for a spot in the Italian Open quarterfinals for the 14th straight year on Friday.

“It was a great battle,” said Djokovic, who is playing

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WATCH: Take art lessons with Grimes, Matty Healy and Twice’s Chaeyoung

(L-R) Grimes, Matty Healy and Chaeyoung. Images: Screengrab from YouTube/Google Arts & Culture

With an initiative that might convince many to take an interest in painting, Google Arts & Culture has recently dropped the second season of its educational series “Art Zoom”, in which contemporary musicians discuss their favorite works. On the program for the new season are FKA twigs, Grimes, Ellie Goulding, J Balvin and Chaeyoung from the South Korean group Twice.

For the new season, FKA twigs has chosen to present “Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy” by Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. She did not choose the painting by chance. The British singer devoted her second album, “Magdalene”, to the Biblical figure.

“When making my own album entitled ‘Magdalene’, it was a time of great healing for me. When I was researching about Mary Magdalene and looking at a lot of paintings of her, she seemed so poised and so together. But the irony is in finishing my music, I found a deep wildness, a looseness, an acceptance, a release. And that’s exactly what I’m experiencing in this painting,” explains FKA twigs.

The Canadian singer Grimes discusses another Renaissance painter, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and in particular “The Fall of the Rebel Angels”. The oil painting, which is currently held and exhibited at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, shows a multitude of rebellious angels, which it depicts as half-human, half-animal monsters.

“This painting is such a nightmare… This is like a deeply emotional piece, he must have been having a really bad day,” points out Grimes, who adopts a humorous approach to the work.

The new season also has short videos in which Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin talks about the work of Fernando Botero and the independence history of his native country, while South

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