Moving into Sunday’s second match, it’s the Kings derby – Kings XI take on Super Kings. Here are the top Fantasy tips and players to pick from that match.
Kings XI Punjab
1 KL Rahul (wk) 2 Mayank Agarwal 3 Aaron Finch 4 Yuvraj Singh 5 Karun Nair 6 Marcus Stoinis 7 Axar Patel 8 R Ashwin (c) 9 Andrew Tye 10 Mohit Sharma 11 Mujeeb Zadran
Chennai Super Kings
1 Shane Watson 2 Ambati Rayudu 3 Dhruv Shorey 4 MS Dhoni (c/wk) 5 Sam Billings 6 Ravindra Jadeja 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Harbhajan Singh 9 Deepak Chahar 10 Shardul Thakur 11 Imran Tahir
Here is my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 1
Subs Left – 59
K Gowtham -> R Ashwin
Kulwant Khejroliya -> Rahul Tewatia (uncapped sub) (UNLESS A 700k UNCAPPED BOWLER/ALL-ROUNDER FEATURES IN THIS MATCH)
Power Player – KL Rahul (if KXIP bat first)/R Ashwin (if CSK bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – KL Rahul (if CSK bat first)/R Ashwin (if KXIP bat first)
Chennai Super Kings
With Suresh Raina missing, the top pick from the Chennai lot is again Shane Watson. Watson did show his capabilities with the bat in the last game, scoring 42(19). I don’t expect him to do as well with the bat today though. Axar Patel has got his number – he’s dismissed him 5 times in 5 encounters. Watson does have his problems against spin and Mujeeb Zadran and Ashwin might trouble him too. But he does chip in with both bat and ball, could bowl in the death with no Mark Wood, and there’s not many options to go with. I can’t bring him in though, since my 4 overseas players are locked for the next 3 matches given the schedules. Do bring him in if you can, though.
Sam Billings did well last match, but don’t expect him to play such innings every time – he’s been inconsistent all his career. Dwayne Bravo is the other capped player worth considering. Don’t expect him to contribute at all with the bat, but the ball is where he comes to the fore with. But Chennai do have their next match after a 4 match gap, so it’ll be hard to carry him over. Doesn’t enter my team’s thoughts, similar to Watson, I can’t get in a foreigner.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul has been in supreme form. He’ll be in most teams, opens the batting, gets fielding points from his keeping – lovely player to have in your side, and a good option for power player. Aaron Finch batted at 3 last time out, and in the top 3, he’s dangerous to have too – especially if he comes out after the Powerplay, because he’s one of the best players of spin in the world. I don’t have an overseas spot available again though, so that bars me from him. Karun Nair’s been in good form, but if he comes at 5 that’s too low.
I’m going for R Ashwin as a wildcard pick. I wouldn’t advocate him, but I have to pick him since I need a power player for the innings Chennai bat in. My options aren’t much – can’t get an overseas player, or a batsman due to squad balance purposes. The Chennai Indian bowlers/all-rounders don’t bowl their 4 overs often – leaves me with Axar and Ashwin, and I’m going Ashwin. He impressed with his variations last game, and also chipped in with a 33 with the bat. Against his old team, he may have a point to prove too.
Dhruv Shorey could replace Suresh Raina, and he’s a top uncapped pick – bats at 3 and was in great domestic form. Mayank Agarwal hasn’t had a big innings yet, but he’s shown flashes and his supreme form could come to the fore eventually – also opens. Not much otherwise to pick from, since Deepak Chahar is unlikely to bowl his 4 overs. I’m going for Rahul Tewatia, since I can’t afford/fit anyone from this match in my squad balance.