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IPL Fantasy Tips – Match 8 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

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.

Probable Lineups

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

Changes –

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.

Kohli loves KXIP – who can forget his 100 in a 15-over game against them?

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.

Rahul is a local boy at Bangalore, and will have a point to prove against RCB

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.

Uncapped Picks

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.

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