After two high scoring thrillers on Sunday, Monday’s game promises to be another cracker. Here are the top Fantasy tips as Kolkata Knight Riders entertain Delhi Daredevils.
Kolkata Knight Riders
1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (c/wk) 6 Andre Russell 7 Shubman Gill 8 Shivam Mavi 9 Mitchell Johnson 10 Piyush Chawla 11 Kuldeep Yadav
1 Gautam Gambhir (c) 2 Jason Roy 3 Rishabh Pant (wk) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Vijay Shankar 7 Chris Morris 8 Rahul Tewatia 9 Mohammad Shami 10 Shahbaz Nadeem 11 Trent Boult
Here’s my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 0
Subs Left – 59
KL Rahul -> Nitish Rana (uncapped sub)
Power Player – Chris Lynn (if KKR bat first)/Andre Russell (if DD bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – Rishabh Pant (if KKR bat first)/Chris Lynn (if DD bat first)
Since Delhi have a 5 game break after this one, I’m happy with Rishabh Pant as my only cover from DD. The explosive left-hander was in top form against Mumbai Indians – scoring a quickfire 48, and seems to have found his calling at #3. The extra keeping points are always handy too. As far as other options are concerned, Gautam Gambhir should come off well today. Back at the Eden Gardens, the ground he knows as well as anyone, he’ll have a point to prove after being passed over by Kolkata for retention. If there’s anything people from Delhi can’t take, it’s a blow to their ego, and if you gave Gambhir a choice of any match to come good in, he’ll choose this one. But with Delhi’s next fixture so much later, it’s probably not worth wasting a sub if you don’t already have him.
Jason Roy may have won Delhi the match last time out, but I don’t expect him to come as good this time. Eden Gardens will be a different challenge than Wankhede, and Narine, Chawla and Kuldeep will pose plenty of problems to someone who’s not the most adept against spin. Glenn Maxwell might have come in at 4 last time out, but I expect Shreyas Iyer to come above him unless Delhi are chasing a 180+ total again. This makes him less attractive as a Fantasy pick.
Chris Morris might have missed the last game with illness, but if fit, he’ll slot right back in. Usually a must-have for Delhi matches, I’m ignoring him given that I can’t carry him to the next match. If you do, for some reason, still have him, he’s a top choice for Power Player.
Kolkata Knight Riders
With Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell, my bases are as covered as they can be here as well. Lynn didn’t look as good as he usually does, but still made a 49 against Sunrisers – by far the best attack in the league – and required a stunning catch from Shakib al Hasan to remove him. I’m trusting him with Power Player duties as a spin attack of Rahul Tewatia and Shahbaz Nadeem should put him far more at ease than Rashid Khan and Shakib did. Uthappa might have had a failure, but I’m keeping faith in him given the touch he looked in against Chennai.
Russell had an off-day too, but that was because he was looking to smash Billy Stanlake out of the park. Russell does have known problems against searing pace and bounce, and perhaps that was what he was trying to impose on Stanlake. He won’t have as many problems against the comparatively pedestrian attack of Boult, Shami and Morris/Christian. Bowls in the death too, so a quality player to have with KKR having 3 matches in the next 6.
I’m ignoring Sunil Narine yet again. I do expect him to open the batting again. He didn’t open against Sunrisers – because Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Stanlake exploit his two Achilles heel’s as good as anyone in the world – yorkers and bouncers at pace. Against Delhi, he should open again. However, I don’t back him to do well with the bat. Boult and Shami may not be as good T20 bowlers as Bhuvi or Stanlake, but they’re good enough to expose Narine.
And their captain Gambhir will be well aware of Narine’s gaping weaknesses – after all, it was under his captaincy the phenomenon of Narine the opening batsman was brought into the IPL last season. He won’t have it easy with the ball either – in Gambhir, Pant, Maxwell and Iyer, Delhi have some of the best players of spin going around.
Uncapped Picks –
Nitish Rana is again the best uncapped pick from this lot. Bats at #4, might bowl an over or two, has looked in decent touch thus far. I’m removing KL Rahul for him as KXIP play the latest out of the teams I have players for, and I can’t remove Ashwin because of team balance. Rana plays twice before Rahul plays again, and I can always bring Rahul back in then.
If you can’t afford him, Rahul Tewatia is the next best – will bowl his 4 overs, might get a hit late on with the bat. Shahbaz Nadeem is next – also likely to bowl his 4. I’d avoid Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi despite the hype around them. Gill will probably again bat at #7 – it looked clear that he’s still not ready for this level, despite his potential, and KKR are just looking to hide him down the order. Mavi only got one over, and with KKR having enough options with the ball, I don’t expect him to get more than 2 again.