After yet another edge-of-the-seat thriller at Hyderabad, it’s time to move our attention to Bangalore. Here are the top Fantasy tips for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab
1 Mayank Agarwal 2 KL Rahul (wk) 3 Karun Nair 4 Yuvraj Singh 5 Aaron Finch 6 Marcus Stoinis 7 Axar Patel 8 R Ashwin (c) 9 Mohit Sharma 10 Andrew Tye 11 Mujeeb Zadran
Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 Brendon McCullum 2 Parthiv Patel (wk) 3 Virat Kohli (c) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Mandeep Singh 6 Colin de Grandhomme 7 Chris Woakes 8 Washington Sundar 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Kulwant Khejroliya 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Here’s my squad for the match.
Power Player – Virat Kohli (if RCB bat first)/KL Rahul (if KXIP bat first)
2nd Innings Power Player – Virat Kohli (if KXIP bat first)/KL Rahul (if RCB bat first)
Subs Used – 2
Subs Left – 64
Jaydev Unadkat -> KL Rahul
Suresh Raina -> Virat Kohli
Ishan Kishan -> Kulwant Khejroliya (uncapped sub)
Royal Challengers Bangalore –
If there was ever a time for the Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers double up, this is it. 3 games in 7 matches for RCB, and both in good touch. Unfortunately, I can only afford 1 for the time being, and it’ll be Virat Kohli. Simply because he bats higher up, doesn’t take up an overseas spot and is a better player of spin. Being the #3 is especially big, as he’ll get more balls to get himself in. de Villiers has had his problems against spin, left-arm spin in particular, and Axar Patel might exploit that. R Ashwin and Mujeeb Zadran will pose problems as well. If you can afford them, get both. I’ll revisit a double up if possible, perhaps for the next match.
Brendon McCullum is a tad too inconsistent – he had a quality knock last time out, and I don’t expect him to do that well against Zadran. Chahal is the only bowler worth considering, but I can’t afford the sub given that I had to use an extra one last match as Bhuvi was ruled out. Chinnaswamy is back to its old self, though – a batting beauty. Expect the bowlers to go the distance.
Kings XI Punjab
I back the Kings XI top 3 to do well out here – it might be Bangalore’s home match, but Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Karun Nair are all 3 Karnataka boys. They know the ground inside out, and it might be their home advantage more so than the Royal Challengers – who will almost certainly have no locals in their side. KL Rahul/Karun Nair is a toss up – both scored 50s in their first match. I go for Rahul because I can afford him, and the extra keeping points are always handy. Nair is a worthy backup if you don’t have the cash for Rahul. You do need one, though, for the second innings power player – so Kohli and AB over Kohli and KL doesn’t make much sense here, if it’s an option for you.
I’d avoid Andrew Tye or Mujeeb Zadran for now – given that the Chinnaswamy is a bowler’s graveyard. Zadran might get an early wicket against the overseas opener, Tye might get cheap wickets – but there are much bigger fish to transfer in for this match. Same applies for Axar Patel and R Ashwin. Aaron Finch won’t open – he’ll bat at 5, too low to make a big impact. And Yuvraj Singh – his 12(22) last match says it all.
Mayank Agarwal is certainly the top uncapped pick for this match – a local boy for Bangalore, he’s been in supreme touch domestically and will look to make amends after his first failure. I do have to go for Kulwant Khejroliya though, for budget reasons. These two are probably the only uncapped players that will feature in this match.