IPL 2019 Fantasy Tips: Dream 11 Prediction KKR vs KXIP as The SportsRush helps you create the best possible Dream 11 team
CSK had a stroll in the park on a Kotla surface that suited them more than the home team. Both CSK and DC were coming off emphatic wins in their opening games and would have loved to carry on that winning momentum, but it was CSK that once again dished out the team and the performance that was needed on a slow, sluggish surface.
The DC batsmen just couldn’t get going and cameos from Watson and Raina broke the back of the chase. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav then calmly knocked off the runs, extending CSK’s unbeaten streak.
While DC did not do much wrong, they could have been helped with better team selection. Sandeep Lamichanne could have been used on that surface and could have run through that CSK middle order with his trickery.
CSK on the other hand once again found a way to comfortably jog towards the victory line. Their fast bowling unit seems a little fragile though and could be exposed on a pitch that is conducive for batting.
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They need to quickly find a replacement for Ngidi, who was instrumental in sorting their bowling issues late on in the IPL 2018 season.
It’s time to move back to Eden Gardens now for KKR’s second home game of the season and they are up against Ashwin’s KXIP.
Both teams are coming off good wins and would love to join CSK at the top of the table
Let’s get to business now.
Dream 11 Prediction KKR vs KXIP
For the Wicketkeeper slot, it is going to be a straight shootout between KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. The decision is going to be an easy one, as KL Rahul opens the batting and has a greater opportunity of affecting the game(and the Fantasy League) than Dinesh Karthik.
The Eden Gardens surface does have a little something for the bowlers and both teams do have the bowling arsenal to extract any and everything on offer from that Kolkata wicket.
Mujeeb would be the first bowler that I get in for this game, especially after the way he bowled in the game against the Royals. He will once again operate in the powerplay and should be able to knock off Lynn, who has struggled against quality spin all through his career. Get Mujeeb in.
Kuldeep Yadav would be my second bowling pick for this game. While he wasn’t impressive in the first outing against SRH, at Eden Gardens, you should leave India’s best spinner out on your own peril.
Andrew Tye has arrived in India and should be taking his rightful place in the KXIP XI tomorrow, maybe taking Sam Curran’s place. Tye was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL last season and could be amongst the purple cap contenders once again.
Owing to his brilliant death bowling skills, Tye is slated to bowl at least two overs at the death and could run away with a few cheap wickets. Always trust the death over specialists, they are you best ‘fantasy’ friends.
Andre Russell’s heroics in the 1st KKR game of the season are enough to warrant him a place in my side. Short on good fast bowling options, Russell is sure to bowl at least 3 overs(one of them at the death) and will come in handy with the long handle lower down the order, be it during a chase or whilst setting a target.
Sunil Narine’s fantasy potential took a hit last time round, as he did not open the batting, owing to the finger injury that he had suffered whilst fielding in the first innings. While the report from the KKR camp as of now is that things are under control and Narine should be able to play, keep looking out for more updates during the day on Wednesday.
With limited all-round options for this game, I would suggest you go ahead with Narine, even if news comes out of him not opening the batting for KKR.
Chris Gayle’s blistering knock in Jaipur once again showed that the Universe Boss is here to stay. He has been constructing his innings’ beautifully off late and large part of it was visible on Monday as well. Having played enough cricket at the Eden Gardens, you can bank on Gayle to come good against his former franchise. Gayle storm incoming? Hop on.
Mayank Agarwal is the best bet from the host of young Indian batsman out there tomorrow. Sarfaraz bats at 4 and could be pushed down, Gill’s batting position is unknown and Karun Nair will be warming the bench.
Mayank has been in fine form in the domestic circuit and looked in decent touch in the previous game as well.
Robin Uthappa is a KKR veteran and knows the Eden Gardens track in and out. Coming in at 3, Uthappa could take the KXIP attack to the cleaners, something that he seemed almost set to do against SRH as well. His potency against spin and pace make him one of the most bankable options for Wednesday’s game.
Nitish Rana anchored the KKR chase in the last game and could once again open the batting, if Narine is not fit enough to do it. In that case, he could once again pile up the runs as he seemed in brilliant touch in the last game.
For the final player of the game, I would go in with one from Sarfaraz Khan and Shubman Gill, depending on whichever team bats first(Gill if KKR bat first, Sarfaraz if KXIP bat first)
Captain: Andre Russell(if KKR bat first)/Sunil Narine(if KKR bowl first and he is fit enough to open)/KL Rahul(if KKR bowl first and Narine is sure not to open)
Vice Captain: Andre Russell(if KKR bat second)/KL Rahul(if KXIP bat second)
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Transfer out: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant
Transfer in: Andre Russell, Ankit Rajpoot
Now, I already have KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav in my side for this game.
I would be making just two changes to my from this game. Andre Russell would be the first player that I get in. Coming off a match winning all-round performance against the Sunrisers, Russell is sure to light up Eden Gardens once more, both with bat and ball.
The down side of bringing Russell in is that now I would have to now bring in Ankit Rajpoot, in order to adhere ton the budget constraints.
I won’t be making any other transfers for this game. If you can and have the budget, get in Mujeeb for this game, as he could pose a threat to the KKR top order.