Moving into the second game of Saturday’s double header, Kolkata Knight Riders take on table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad. Here are the top Fantasy tips for the match.
Kolkata Knight Riders
1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (c/wk) 6 Rinku Singh 7 Andre Russell 8 Mitchell Johnson 9 Piyush Chawla 10 Shivam Mavi 11 Kuldeep Yadav
1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 3 Kane Williamson (c) 4 Manish Pandey 5 Yusuf Pathan 6 Shakib al Hasan 7 Deepak Hooda 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Siddarth Kaul 11 Billy Stanlake
Here is my lineup for the match.
Subs Used – 2
Subs Left – 62
Evin Lewis -> Chris Lynn
Chris Morris -> Robin Uthappa
Krunal Pandya -> Siddarth Kaul (uncapped sub)
Power Player – Shikhar Dhawan (if SRH bat first)/Robin Uthappa (if KKR bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player –
Kolkata Knight Riders
This is the time to stock up on KKR players. 4 matches in the next 9 – doesn’t get much better than this. I already own Andre Russell – I’m choosing to go with Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa. Lynn hasn’t quite performed well yet so far – he showed some glimpses in the second match, but I’m backing him to come good eventually. Maybe not today, but he’ll come good eventually, and when he comes good, he comes good big. I’m wary of making him my Power Player – because of the Rashid factor – but I’m still getting him into my side, for sure.
Talking about the Rashid factor – my second pick from KKR – Uthappa has looked in phenomenal touch in the first two games, and smashed a few long sixes against CSK before being run out. He’s slowly coming into his own, and he could deliver big soon too. Rashid Khan might have made batsmen all over the world dance to his tunes. Few have read him, very few have read him like a book, but Uthappa has read him like a book, then gotten a full score on the resulting quiz. In two innings, Uthappa has faced Rashid in 19 balls – scoring 39 runs in them, not being dismissed once. Certainly, he’ll help take the heat off Lynn too.
I already have Russell – I don’t expect him to score 88(35) every game, but he’ll chip in with the odd late cameo and the odd wicket. I’m ignoring Narine – he struggled against SRH last season. His batting has two weaknesses – bouncers and yorkers, and I can’t see him do anything against Billy Stanlake and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He’s mostly a containing bowler now, so his bowling won’t pose that much of a problem, especially against an SRH middle-order who are all wonderful players of spin.
SRH have a 5 match gap after this one, so Dhawan is enough for me for this one. As discussed before – Williamson is inefficient if he’s not opening, Pandey bats too low. Rashid usually played out defensively by the opposition (which might not be the case here, as discussed above) – which doesn’t translate to Fantasy points. If Bhuvi is fit again he’s worth considering, but with the massive gap I don’t think he’s worth transferring in for now.