The third match of the 14th season of the IpL will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. The match is at The Chepak Stadium in Chennai. This ground is generally spinner friendly. But in the last match between Mumbai and Bengaluru, the fast bowlers took 11 wickets out of 17.
Choosing the right batsmen and all-rounders for the fantasy game can give you a lot of points. Let’s try to find out how the playing conditions will be for the match and which players can get more points in fantasy games.
Kolkata won 12 matches and Hyderabad 7 in 19 matches between the two teams so far. KKR had won the last season between the two. However, KKR did not manage to reach the playoffs. The 13th season had points (14) equal to KKR, SRH and RCB. But RCB and SRH had reached the playoffs as the net was up in the runrate.
The pitch at M Chidambaram Stadium has been helpful for spinners for the time being. However, this time the pitch was prepared under the supervision of IPL inplace of Chennai Super Kings. Yet it is expected that spinners can do wonders here.
Jonny Bairstow is hyderabad’s, dinesh karthik is the wicketkeeper of Kolkata Chennai. Bairstow opens for SRH. Dinesh Karthik usually comes in at No.4 or 5. Bairstow was in great form in the recent India-England ODI series. He scored 219 runs in 3 matches at an average of 73 and a strike rate of 120. Bairstow can be named in the squad as wicketkeeper.
David Warner was Hyderabad’s top scorer last season. They have been playing cricket continuously for the last few months. He was also part of the Test series and T20 series against India. Warner is considered to be one of the most dangerous batsmen in the T20 format. He is the only batsman from IPL to score 500+ runs for 6 consecutive seasons. Warner has scored 60+ runs twice in the last 5 IPL matches.
Shubman Gill has not played T20 cricket in the last few months. But like Warner, he was the top scorer of his team (KKR) last season. Shubman has scored 25+ runs in his last 3 IPL matches. Apart from these two, veteran Ken Williamson and Nitish Rana can be included in the team.
Both Kolkata and Hyderabad have excellent all-rounders. Andre Russell is fit and ready for IPL. He last played for Colombo Kings in the Lanka Premier League. He has taken 5 wickets in the last 5 T20Is. He has also scored 70+ runs.
With Shakib’s arrival, kolkata look ed balanced. They can bat anywhere in middle and lower orders. They also bowl in powerplay. Bangabandhu was in superb form in the Cup. Just including these two in all-rounders can be beneficial.
The match is scheduled to be played at Chepak in Chennai. Its pitch is spin friendly. The inclusion of rashid khan and harbhajan singh, the best two spinners of both the teams, can give them a point. On the other hand, the inclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and yorker specialist T Natarajan among the fast bowlers can be beneficial.
Captain and Vice-Captain
It can be beneficial to select the captain and vice-captain from one of the top order batsmen or all-rounders of both the teams.
Note: The suggestions are based on recent records and possibilities. These assessments in the match can be correct and wrong. Be sure to take care of the risks associated with fantasy leagues when choosing a team.