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IPL Fantasy Tips – Match 33 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

After yet another thrilling finish last night, it’s time for another big ticket encounter as Kolkata Knight Riders host the Chennai Super Kings. Here are the top Fantasy tips and players to have from the match.

Probable Lineups

Kolkata Knight Riders

1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Shubman Gill 5 Dinesh Karthik (c/wk) 6 Andre Russell 7 Rinku Singh 8 Tom Curran 9 Shivam Mavi 10 Piyush Chawla 11 Kuldeep Yadav

Chennai Super Kings

1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 MS Dhoni (c/wk) 6 Ravindra Jadeja 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Harbhajan Singh 9 Karn Sharma 10 KM Asif 11 Lungi Ngidi

Here is my squad for the match.

Subs Used – 0

Subs Left – 33

Changes –

K Gowtham -> Nitish Rana (if he plays)/Shubman Gill (uncapped sub)

Power Player – Shane Watson

2nd Innings Power Player – Suresh Raina (if KKR bat first)/Nitish Rana (if he plays)/Shubman Gill (if CSK bat first)

Kolkata Knight Riders

With Kolkata’s next game not until 3 days later, I’m not extremely keen on any Kolkata asset, considering I’ll have to transfer them out immediately. There are no outstanding candidates either. Chris Lynn has blown hot and cold, but he’s been playing an odd anchor role lately. He’ll certainly have to contend with a lot of spin against Chennai, which he hasn’t been the most confident against. Sunil Narine’s bowling form has flown off a cliff, while it may not be a big score with the bat either – the raw pace and bounce of Lungi Ngidi should be enough to cope with him.

In Rana’s absence, Gill could get his big chance up the order

Robin Uthappa’s been getting some lovely 30s, but not converting them into something substantial. Those 30s do add up when Kolkata have a run of games in a cluster, but not with 2 3-game breaks after their next fixtures. Andre Russell is the one I’d like to have from here, but again, it’s hard to justify using the extra sub for him to immediately take him out. Lungi Ngidi’s pace will be a threat to Russell too, who’s looked awkward when faced with quality pace and bounce. Given how low he bats, he’s not a viable 2nd innings Power Player option if Kolkata bat 2nd – so I’m happy to ignore him. I’ve also earmarked tomorrow for a multiplier option, so the extra sub could be put to better use there.

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai do have 2 matches in 3, so it’s not too late to stock up on their options. Luckily, I have all 3 of their viable capped picks already – Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. Watson came back to form with a strong performance against Delhi. His weak point – slow left-armers – are something that Kolkata’s stock of spinners does not have, so he could have another strong game here. Also bowls the odd over, which is always handy in a Power Player option. Suresh Raina has also blown hot and cold this season, but against a spin-heavy attack, he’ll relish an Eden track which has seen some high scores this season.

Watson marked a return to form with a sparkling 78 against Delhi

Ambati Rayudu has been demoted to 4, which means he may not contribute with big scores – but he’s still a handy pick if you already own him. If you don’t, it’s probably not worth the extra sub till he’s promoted back to the top of the order. MS Dhoni has been in some touch too, but given that he bats at 5 he’s not the most reliable option, especially with an in-form top 4.

Uncapped Picks

If Nitish Rana plays, he’s certainly the top uncapped pick here. But it seems unlikely he’ll recover from his back injury already, which means Shubman Gill could finally get his chance up the order – at #4. He has shown that he has the pedigree for this stage if given a proper run. He did so in a tricky chase against Delhi, when he came in after the early fall of 4 wickets.

If you can’t afford/accommodate Gill, Shivam Mavi or KM Asif are the other choices – but with the number of allrounders both sides have, neither are quite sure to get their quota of 4 overs.

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