It’s Sunday, and it’s time for this weekend’s only double header as the Rajasthan Royals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the afternoon game. Here are the top Fantasy tips and players to pick from the match.
**UPDATE – 3:35pm – Bhuvneshwar Kumar misses out again. He’ll leave next match, so my changes remain the same, but the 2nd Innings PP is now Shakib al Hasan.**
1 Ajinkya Rahane © 2 Rahul Tripathi 3 Sanju Samson 4 Ben Stokes 5 Heinrich Klaasen 6 Jos Buttler (wk) 7 Jofra Archer 8 K Gowtham 9 Shreyas Gopal 10 Jaydev Unadkat 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Kane Williamson © 3 Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 4 Manish Pandey 5 Shakib al Hasan 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Mohammad Nabi 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Sandeep Sharma 11 Siddarth Kaul
Here is my squad for the match.
Subs Used – 1
Subs Left – 39
Shane Watson -> Jofra Archer
Suryakumar Yadav -> Avesh Khan
Power Player – Jofra Archer (if SRH bat first)/Kane Williamson (if RR bat first AND Alex Hales does NOT play)/Shakib al Hasan (if RR bat first AND Alex Hales plays)
2nd Innings Power Player – Jofra Archer (if RR bat first)/Bhuvneshwar Kumar (if SRH bat first)
Although Rajasthan do have some enticing options, their schedule makes them unattractive – a three day break after this, followed by a long break means that I can’t get good value out of the subs, so I’m ignoring all but one. The best option seems to be Jofra Archer – an exciting yet explosive differential. He showed his capabilities with a 3-fer against Mumbai, and up against a frail Sunrisers tail, he could have even more fun in the death. Also handy with the bat, and can tonk out a few at #7.
Sanju Samson is the other top pick – marked his return to form with a 50 against Mumbai, and is still a great enabler is ever. I’d avoid Ben Stokes for now – his bowling is proving to be a bane than a boon and he has had his struggles against Rashid Khan.
Sunrisers have a large break after this too, so I am happy with the options I have. Bhuvneshwar Kumar travelled to Jaipur and should now be fit and raring to go at a Rajasthan batting lineup that hasn’t quite looked at its best. Kane Williamson endured a rare failure, but with Williamson, the next score is just round the corner. Shakib was picked up as an accumulator and he has done just that – handy returns with both bat and ball.
The two big players I’m ignoring are Shikhar Dhawan and Rashid Khan. Dhawan hasn’t looked in good touch after his injury, and it’s not worth the risk with a 7 match break. Rashid Khan has marked his return to form – and could have a big day against a Rajasthan middle-order choc-a-bloc with foreigners, but with the long break it’s not worth bringing him in for a maximum return of 100 points since it’ll cost you 2 subs to get him in then straight out.
Despite a lean last match, Siddarth Kaul is still the top pick from this lot – as he’ll definitely bowl in the death. Basil Thampi could be another good option, but he may be the one who gives way to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Rahul Tripathi is the other worth considering, but he’s been off touch and Sunrisers are not the easiest bowling attack to get into form against. However, I have to go with Avesh Khan – since I need a 650k player to make my future plans possible, and he has an upcoming fixture.