IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 19, 8.00PM IST
Eden Gardens


KKR started off IPL 2019 well, but stumbled along the way and now are in a desperate situation after having lost three games in a row, including two at home. The side were heavily reliant on their spinners when the Eden pitch would keep low, but with the track becoming a belter in the last few years, the tweakers have struggled.

KKR have been heavily reliant on Russell as well, with the other batters showing inconsistent form, the troubles have only increased for the side. RCB, on the other hand, have plenty of issues of their own as well. They have won just one game thus far in the league, with their team combinations and bowling attack going haywire more often than not. They have procured the services of Dale Steyn, and it is hoped that he can make an impact against KKR. The deck at Edens has been a good batting track, assisting the chasing team, so win the toss and field will be the preferred option.

KKR Predicted 11 

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/Yarra, Harry Gurney/Matt Kelly

RCB Predicted 11

Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Fantasy Team

Parthiv Patel is in my team for two reasons. Firstly, he opens the innings, which allows him to face more balls and get a big score on the board and also as he comes cheaper. Karthik, on the other hand, does not have a fixed batting spot and could come in very late in the innings as well. Also, with AB de Villiers, Kohli, Russell and Narine being expensive picks, picking cheaper options is advisable.

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ABD and Kohli have been the stalwarts for RCB over the years and will fancy their chances on a good batting pitch. Nitish Rana costs the same as Uthappa, but I have picked him due to his ability to turn his arm over as well. He picked up both Kohli and de Villiers last season and will want to replicate his showing. Gill showed what he was capable of against DC when he opened the innings. He st5ruggled against CSK when he came in the death overs, but the KKR camp would have done well to realize that he is a top-order player. If they push him higher up – which they should – he could be a huge threat.

Moeen Ali has scored some vital cameos whilst picking wickets, while Russell’s selection is a no-brainer. Narine o9n the other hand might have dwindled on the batting and bowling front this season, but he will want to start the juggernaut.

Chahal is his side’s leading wicket-taker. He has bowled on tough wickets where the bowlers hardly have any assistance, and he will want to get his experience to the fore. Accompanying him is his Team India mate Kuldeep Yadav, while Matt Kelly if he plays, rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered another easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, April 14 in Kolkata. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn started off really well. However, another opener Sunil Narine failed to score. Apart from Lynn, other batsmen couldn’t do well as Imran Tahir bagged a 4-wicket haul. Lynn scored 82 off 51 and helped Kolkata to put up 161 on board.

Chasing 162, Chennai got off to a  flying start. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got out very cheaply. Later, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also failed to score big. However, Suresh Raina scored a 42-ball 58* and Ravindra Jadeja scored a 17-ball 31* and guided Chennai to a comfortable win.

Here are the three talking points:

Batting dismal after a flying start

Asked to bat first, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn took on Deepak Chahar from the very first over. He hit two back to back boundaries while he hit for a maximum and two more boundaries in Chahar’s second over. Lynn didn’t leave Shardul Thakur as well. He hit two boundaries in the fourth over as well and powered Kolkata to 33 within four overs.

To stop the run-flow, Chennai captain MS Dhoni brought left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner in the attack as both the openers struggled to play left-arm spinners. However, Santner was successful to give a breakthrough as he dismissed Sunil Narine for 2 and Kolkata managed to put up 49 for 1 within the powerplay.

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Chris Lynn, on the other hand, hit big shots in nearly every overs as he smashed Santner for a maximum over long-on. Lynn scored his eighth IPL fifty in the 9th over and Kolkata put up 77 runs in 10 overs.

However, from 11th over, wickets started falling at a regular interval, courtesy, Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul. Though, Lynn smashed three sixes and a boundary off Jadeja in the 14th over before his dismissal in the next over. Imran Tahir’s brilliant spell and Shardul Thakur’s brilliant comeback for his second spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting and restricted them within 161 after 20 overs.

Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul

After Chris Lynn’s blitzy start and Nitish Rana’s stable knock, Kolkata was pretty much in a great place after 10 overs as they put up 77 on board. But Imran Tahir had some other plans.

All of a sudden, Kolkata thought to score big and started hitting big. However, Nitish Ranawas the first one to fall for 21. Tahir picked up Robin Uthappa in the same over within a span of three deliveries of his second over.

He came back in the 15th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Chris Lynn for 82 off 51, including seven boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell who took Tahir in the next two deliveries for a mid-wicket boundary and a maximum. Everyone was hoping for a blitzy innings from him but Tahir dismissed Russell in the very next delivery. Russell was trying for a slog-sweep but ended up giving a long-on catch to Dhruv Shorey. Though the final over went wicketless, Tahir ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-27-4.

Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial knock

Ravindra Jadeja has once again proved his worth in the Chennai team and showcased his batting skill to everyone. Though he didn’t have a  good day with the ball, he did make up with the bat.

Chasing 162, though Chennai got off to a great start, they lost their opener Shane Watson for mere 6 in the 4th over. However, Faf du Plessis also troubled the bowlers but he was also got dismissed in the final over of the powerplay for 24 off 16 by Sunil Narine.

Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was seen struggling and was dismissed after scoring only 5 off 11. However, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also couldn’t do well.

Dhoni’s dismissal brought Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Chennai were needed 41 runs off 4.2 overs. In-form Suresh Raina was there at the crease and Kolkata was looking at the favourable position at that time. But Jadeja was determined to win the game for his side. 

Jadeja took 9 runs in the 17th over off Prasidh Krishna. They scored 8 runs in the next over off Sunil Narine. But Jadeja changed gears and hit three consecutive boundaries and collected 16 runs off the England seamer Harry Gurney in the penultimate over.

16 runs in the 19th over brought the equation down to eight runs in the final over. Jadeja hit a boundary in the first ball of the final over off Piyush Chawla and later took two singles and two runs from the next three balls and sealed the deal for Chennai. He remained unbeaten on 31 in 17 balls alongside Suresh Raina; who scored 58 off 42 and helped Chennai to win the game.

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 14, 4.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


The two teams are coming off contrasting results – while CSK have won their last two games, KKR have slipped and lost to CSK earlier at Chepauk and then failed to tame Delhi at home. With seven games down, and at least four more wins needed to get into the top-four, Karthik’s men will be eager to get back on track before it gets too late.

Chennai, on the other hand, have a well-balanced team that has been adapting well and pitching in with consistent performances. However, they have tended to struggle on tracks that are not as slow as the one at Chepauk, which could prove to be a dampener at Edens, where the track has eased out, and scores above 180 are easily chased down. As far as the playing 11 goes, KKR might opt for at least two changes, with Lockie Ferguson being replaced by Matt Kelly – injured Nortje’s replacement – and Narine to come in for Denly, if fit. The camp wight also mull over replacing Prasidh Krishna with Yarra. CSK might remain unchanged.

KKR Predicted 11 

Denly/Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Matt Kelly/Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/ Yarra Prithviraj, Braithwaite

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Fantasy Team

MS Dhoni averages close to 66 against KKR, and with Karthik’s batting position uncertain, the former India skipper is a safer bet as the keeper. He is also in good form, scoring two fifties in this tournament thus far, and could have a massive role to play.

I have as many as five batters in my team, as the track will help the batsmen, and one of them can be expected to get a big score. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are the two key overseas players in the side, who have been performing well, while KKR have relied on their three Indian batters at the top. Uthappa and Rana have been getting starts and would want to carry on and get a big one here, while Gill opened the innings against Delhi and showed his mettle with a fine fifty. The management might send him up the order yet again in the absence of Lynn, and he would want to perform well against a good attack.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs DC

Sunil Narine – if fit – and Russell takes up the all-rounder’s slot. Narine has been a revelation at the top of the order, and the Eden track will assist his stroke-making as well. He had slipped after remodeling his bowling action but picked up a couple of wickets against CSK, and he can be counted upon in the powerplay and the middle overs.

Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for CSK, while Chahar has been the X-factor upfront. Piyush Chawla rounds up my Dream11 team, though Kuldeep Yadav can be a good pick instead of him as well.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Narine

KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

KKR vs DC: 3 takeaways from the twenty-sixth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a convincing win by 7 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday, April 12. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to field first. Both the teams have changed their playing XI; while Keemo Paul came in place of Lamichhane in Delhi, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite replaced Narine, Gurney, and Lynn in Kolkata’s playing XI.

Asked to bat, Kolkata was hoping for a flying start but debutant Joe Denly went for a golden duck. Both Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa tried their best score freely and managed to put up 41 within the powerplay. However, Rishabh Pant’s brilliance sent Uthappa in the dugout. Gill scored his second IPL fifty off 34 balls but other failed to capitalize apart from Russell; who scored 45 off 21 before his dismissal. Kolkata ended up scoring 178 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started brilliantly. However, that didn’t stay long as Prithvi Shaw fell for 14 while in-form Shreyas Iyer also got out for 6 within the powerplay, putting up 57 runs. Later a 105-run partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant helped them to win the game comfortably.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

A slow start of Kolkata

With Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn’s absence, Kolkata Knight Riders opened their inning with a new opening pair. In-form Shubman Gill opened the game alongside new player Joe Denly. However, Denly went for a duck off the very first ball by Ishant Sharma. His pitched up delivery got an inside edge and uprooted the stump. 

Then, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill tried to steady the ship. Their rather defensive play cost Kolkata to put up more runs on board on the green surface. Uthappa took 30 balls to score 28. They both added 63 runs before Uthappa’s dismissal. Moreover, the situation didn’t change at all as they managed to score 122 after 15 overs until Andre Russell took the charge on his hand. His quickfire 21-ball 45, including three boundaries and four sixes, powered Kolkata to 178.

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Russell was dismissed off the second delivery of the 19th over and Kolkata managed to score only 17 runs in the end which proved vital as well. Had he not dismissed at that time, Kolkata might have scored nearly 190 after 20 overs.

Failed to take wickets

Kolkata was defending 179 runs which were a decent competitive total. Chasing the target, Delhi lost their inform-opener Prithvi Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer within the powerplay. But Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant built a steady partnership which Kolkata failed to break before 17.1 overs. No bowlers were able to restrict them. If they would able to dismiss them, the result could have been different.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s 105-run partnership

Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan was not in a good form in the last couple of games. However, he started pretty well in yesterday’s match along with the other opener Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw couldn’t perform well as he fell for 14 and later their captain Shreyas Iyer also followed him.

Then, the pressure fell upon Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. They tried to resurrect the innings but didn’t let the run rate slow down. Dhawan scored his 34th half-century off 32 balls. When they got set, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past them. They both added 105 runs in their chase before Pant got dismissed for 46 off 31, including 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.

However, Dhawan kept on smashing and remained unbeaten at 97 off 63 balls which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. His heroics took Delhi Capitals over the line with 7 balls to spare.

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC- Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC- Key Player Battles to watch out for

The 26th fixture of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with the Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

The match that starts at 8 pm will have the temperature on the moderate side with high humidity and a chance of a thunderstorm as it is prevalent in Bengal during this part of the year but that should be over long before the time the game starts.

Last time when the two teams met in this IPL season, a tie had led the match to be decided by a Super Over. It was the 10th fixture of IPL 2019 and the venue was the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Even though the Kolkata Knight Riders were able to post a total of 185 with the help of Andre Russell’s quickfire 28-ball 62, the Delhi Capitals had reciprocated equally with Prithvi Shaw scoring a brilliant 99.

In the Super Over, the Delhi franchise was only able to score 10 runs and with Russell in KKR’s arsenal, everyone had believed that Delhi- the home team- will lose the contest. However, the 23-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada stepped up for Delhi and successfully defended those 10 runs by dismissing Andre Russell via his nailing signature yorkers.

All in all, the Eden Gardens pitch is known to be a paradise for the batsmen, so big runs are expected but again let’s be prepared to witness a few sparkling face-offs that are going to be the highlight of the game. Here are the player battles that one cannot miss from tonight’s game:

Chris Lynn vs Sandeep Lamichhane

As we know that today’s game might see big totals again just like the previous clash between the two franchises. Moreover, it’s Eden Gardens- the venue where it’s basically a graveyard for the bowlers. In such cases, it would be absolutely necessary for both teams to break the opening partnership as early as possible. For KKR’s start opener Chris Lynn’s weakness against spin has been exposed over time, the Delhi Capitals could use their 18-year-old legspinner from Nepal to do the job. So far in this IPL season, Lamichhane has bagged 5 wickets in four matches.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Rishabh Pant vs Kuldeep Yadav

Unlike the above duo, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is actually a good player of spin. However, this season the young prodigy hasn’t been able to impress the fans so much with his performance in IPL 2019. His unbeaten 78* in Delhi’s tournament opener was instrumental in defeating the Mumbai Indians. Delhi fans are obviously hoping for more from their star batsman. In this scenario, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik would want to stop him with the help of their star chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who was able to outsmart Pant in the earlier game against Kolkata. 

Andre Rusell vs Kagiso Rabada

Last but not the least, in fact, the best clash in store for tonight’s game is the face-off between the best KKR batsman during the latter overs and the best Delhi Capitals death bowler. The Barbadian power-hitter sports the scores of 48*, 62, 48, 49*, 50* in the IPL season so far. He is in tremendous form and his form and spirit seem almost unstoppable. Last time the two met, Rabada was able to bamboozle Russell with his brilliant yorkers and hence dismissed him in the Super Over while taking Delhi to victory. This player battle is something to watch out for in today’s fixture.

IPL 2019, KKR vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

Match Details
April 12, 8.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


KKR have managed to win six games in the IPL 2019 but go into this match against Delhi on the back of a humiliating defeat against CSK. The Dinesh Karthik-led side were traveling for their last three encounters and will enjoy returning and playing at Eden Gardens. The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are going into this game after a win that came against Royal Challengers Bangalore, and they will be high on confidence as well.

However, both sides have a number of issues to iron out. Delhi’s middle order and bowling look inconsistent, while KKR have been let down by their openers and their spinners, who have looked drastically below par. However, they might not the much support at the Eden deck, as the track for the last few seasons have been good for batting, with slower bowlers got getting much help. As far as the team line-ups are concerned, Delhi might go into this match unchanged, while KKR might ponder replacing Chris Lynn.

KKR Predicted 11 

Chris Lynn/Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

DC Predicted 11

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada

Fantasy Team

Rishabh Pant bats higher up the order, so he is a better Fantasy Pick that Dinesh Karthik, whose spot in the batting order is not fixed. On occasions, he comes after the fall of Rana’s wicket, while he often sends Shubman Gill before himself, and hence, it is a safer bet to go with the Delhi keeper. He bats in the top 4, and even though his form has waned off a bit, the Eden track should assist him.

Uthappa and Rana are the two batters from KKR in my side. Both have given the side crucial partnerships this season after the loss of the openers, and with Uthappa in particular accustomed to the conditions at Kolkata, he could hold the key once again. Rana is in top form as well, having started off the IPL with two fifties, and he would be eager to continue his form. Shreyas Iyer has got some runs under his belt, and once again will look to continue his form, especially with the KKR spinners not in top gear. Prithvi Shaw has been chosen over Dhawan, as he is cheaper, and has been getting runs more consistently when compared to the left-hander.

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Andre Russell’s selection in the team does not need a discussion, while Sunil Narine too is capable of earning points with both bat and ball. Though he has not been at his best with the cherry, he has scored some crucial cameos, which makes him a good fantasy pick. Chris Morris has six wickets from four games and will want the back of the KKR openers soon.

Piyush Chawla is accustomed to bowling at Eden Gardens, while Gurney was seen bowling above 150kmph at the nets, which makes him a real threat, especially in the powerplay overs. If he and Rabada – yet another express pace bowler – can get their yorkers in the right position, they will be the players to watch out for.

Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Uthappa

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has locked horn with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 9 where CSK claimed an easy win. 

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to field first at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Asked to bat first, Kolkata were hoping to put up a huge total but their plan flopped as soon both the openers got dismissed within 2 overs. They failed to stable the innings and reduced to 29-6 after the powerplay. However, Russell scored an unbeaten fifty and led his team to 108 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Chennai also lost their opener Shane Watson for 17. However, a 13-ball 14 from Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu’s 21-ball 31 and Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 43 guided them to register an easy win over Kolkata with 2.4 overs to spare.

Here are the three talking points:

Deepak Chahar’s early strike

Kolkata has been in a great position with their all-round performances in this season of IPL. Put into bat, Kolkata faced two big losses. Deepak Chahar handed over the first breakthrough to his team as he dismissed Chris Lynn in the very first over for a five-ball duck.

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The second one was Nitish Rana; who misjudged the ball and ended up giving an easy catch to Rayudu at short mid-wicket region. In his 3rd over, he dismissed Robin Uthappa after the batsman scoring mere 11 runs and finished his figure with a brilliant spell of 4-0-20-3.

A slow start in the powerplay

For the first time in this IPL, Kolkata found themselves in a critical situation. Due to economical spells from Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir, Kolkata never looked dominating. 

On the other hand, Chahar’s opening spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting. Soon they reduced to 29/4 after the powerplay. They managed to put up 47 runs in 10 overs. Later a rather stable-knock from Andre Russell helped them to put up 108 on board.

Piyush Chawla’s catch

Piyush Chawla took a stunner to send back Suresh Raina in the dugout on Tuesday when he ran towards back from mid-on. Suresh Raina was playing steadily during the powerplay and already hit a boundary and a maximum. 

But he mistimed Sunil Narine’s length ball and hit a slog sweep. The ball went up and Chawla took a brilliant catch after covering a huge distance and with a dive.

However, their total was pretty low and easily chasable. Hence, Chennai won the game convincingly.

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Key Player battles to watch out for

CSK vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-third encounter

Both teams in the clash have been successful so far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League and are placed at the top of the points table.

The clash of the titans of the marquee T20 league will be witnessed at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai tonight as the top-placed Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns in their first battle of the 2019 IPL season. Out of their five games, the two teams have lost only once. More so for the KKR tea, who faced a defeat against the Delhi Capitals in a Super-over clash. Meanwhile, the defending Champions were only bettered by the other three-time Indian Premier Champions, the Mumbai Indians.


But overall the two franchises have kept form in the 12th edition of the IPL right from the start. For the Kolkata-based franchise, the Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell has done wonders right from the start of the season. The middle-order star has set a trend of coming down in the middle at crucial points of the game and changing the situation in favor of the Knight Riders invariably. It’s fair to say that the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR side has most of its wins credited to the power-hitter Dre Russ.

Overall in the Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni’s Super Kings have a great record at home. In a total of 106 matches that they have played at their home ground in Chennai, they have merged victorious 77 times and lost on only 33 instances. All in all, CSK have dominated over the Knight Riders many a times and the record shows a Win/Loss ratio of 12/8 and at CSK home the Win/Loss record is 6/2 in favor of the hosts.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

So as the two top-placed teams battle it out tonight, let’s have a look at the player battles which are set to be the highlights of the clash.

Shane Watson vs Sunil Narine

As we know the pitch in Chennai is usually a plus for the spinners and as equipped as KKR is with its, the home team should be wary of it. All-rounder Sunil Narine’s bowling hasn’t worked wonders for the visiting team so far in the IPL. We are all aware of his batting skills though. However, going by past records Narine will fancy his chances against Shane Watson against whom he has dominated by claiming his wicket three times in 26-ball overall clash between them in the IPL. Moreover, the Aussie all-rounder has managed a deficient strike-rate of 96.15 against Narine. With Watson opening batting for Chennai and Narine often bowling in the power play, it would be quite an interesting Player battle to watch.

Andre Russell vs Imran Tahir

The most destructive man in the KKR batting line-up is undeniably Andre Russell and his power-hitting has changed the course of many matches into KKR’s favor. From destroying the bowling attack of the opposition, regardless of the bowling styles, to single-handedly taking the Kolkata team to victory, Russell has done it all. His gigantic strike rate in this edition of the IPL is unparalleled.

On the other hand, CSK have the South African leggie Imran Tahir in their arsenal. Speaking of star players in the IPL we can never miss out on this gem of a spinner. He has been exceptional for the CSK side and is an absolute match-winner and who better than him to remove the mighty Andre Russell. Believe it or not, Russell has quite a mediocre record against the Proteas spinner. Although the sample space is just 20 deliveries between them, the leggie has dismissed Russel thrice whereas the Windies power-hitter has managed only a meager strike rate of 65 against the South African. It will be one of the star-struck player battles of the match on Tuesday.

MS Dhoni vs Kuldeep Yadav

MS Dhoni is like a mentor the contemporary spinners of the Indian Cricket team. Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been guided by MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian team, to dismiss several batsmen in international matches. Both the mentor and the student know each other very well to exploit the weaknesses of one another. This key player battle between the teacher and the disciple will see Dhoni tackling against the KKR chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dismissed the CSK captain twice in the IPL before.

IPL 2019, CSK vs KKR: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, CSK vs KKR: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
April 09, 8.00PM IST
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 


Both CSK and KKR are the in-form teams in IPL 2019, standing on eight points with four wins from five games. While KKR’s only loss came in a Super Over against Delhi, CSK lost to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. The track at Chepauk has assisted the spinners, keeping low and slow, and with both sides having experienced slower bowlers, a tight game can be expected.

However, CSK have a better record against KKR at home – winning seven of the last nine games against them at Chepauk. KKR’s spinners have not yet fared as per expectations either, which could give a slight advantage to the home side. However, their top-order needs to fire.

Both KKR and CSK have not been the biggest supporters of chopping and changing their team frequently. KKR have only made two changes in five games, and with Harry Gurney playing well last time against RR, they should stick to the same side. CSK too are unlikely to make changes.

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

KKR Predicted 11

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna

Fantasy Team

MS Dhoni has been preferred over Karthik, as CSK’s top-order has been struggling, and he could get more chances to bat if there is an encore. Rayudu has not been in the best of forms, while Watson and Raina have been inconsistent. On the other hand, KKR’s top-order with Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, and Rana has been more consistent. Also, KKR has frequently changed their batting order, with Karthik sometimes sending Gill above him, and this reduces his chances of facing many deliveries and subsequently getting a big score.

Also Read: Reasons why CSK may not win the title this season

Suresh Raina and Kedar are my two batters from CSK. Raina has done well against the spinners and has a good record overall at Chepauk in the IPL, while Jadhav has been the go-to player for CSK this year. He has held one end up when the responsibility of taking his team from the abyss has fallen on him, and a similar performance will be expected from him. Uthappa and Rana are good players of spin and will be expected to pitch in with a solid showing.

Ravindra Jadeja can be a game-changer with the ball, while Russell’s presence needs no explanation. Sunil Narine opens the batting for KKR, and his cameos are important for the team’s overall performance. He has not yet found his rhythm with the ball but should have a field day in helpful conditions.

\Imran Tahir is a must-pick, considering his recent performances, while Deepak Chahar has been an important member in the Powerplay overs. With Lynn struggling for fluency, Chahar could be the player to watch out for. Kuldeep Yadav has not yet made an impact, but, like Narine, will want to find his rhythm on a helpful wicket.

Captain and Vice-captain: Andre Russell, Narine

RR vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-first encounter

RR vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-first encounter

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered another win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday, April 7. 

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field first. Their decision became fruitful when Prasidh Krishna cleaned up Ajinkya Rahane in the second over for 5. Rajasthan had a rather slow start where they managed to put up 28-1 after the powerplay. However, Steve Smith played a quickfire 73 off 59 and they ended up scoring 139 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing this mere total of 140, Kolkata got off to a flying start; where the openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn added 91 runs in 8.3 overs. A blistering start helped them to chase down the total within 13.5 overs. Currently, they are placed at the top of the point table with 8 points.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Slow batting approach of Rajasthan Royals

Asked to bat first, Rajasthan got the big blow when their in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed in the second over of the game. Then, a rather slow start led them to score mere 28 runs within the powerplay. Joss Buttler and Steve Smith tried to steady the ship and added 72 runs but they also struggled to score freely on the tricky surface.

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They were unable to convert that slow start a big one as they chose to play it in a defensive way. It was expected that big hitter Steve Smith and Ben Stokes could have scored big in the death overs but they hardly managed to hit big. They played 15 dot balls and scored mere 36 runs in the last five overs. Their slow and defensive approach let them put up 139 on board which was later chased down easily by KKR.

A terrific opening partnership of Kolkata Knight Riders

Put into bat, Rajasthan managed to put up 139 after 20 overs. Chasing 140, Kolkata got off to a blistering start. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn took on every bowler they faced. Both of them started hitting from the beginning. While Lynn managed two boundaries in the first over, Sunil Narine welcomed Krishnappa Gowtham with a boundary through short fine leg.

The next ball went for a dot. But the next four balls went for a six and three consecutive boundaries respectively. Their constant big hits helped them to score 65 within the powerplay. However, they continued their work and add 91 runs in 8.3 overs before Narine’s dismissal; who scored a blitzy 47 off 25, including 6 boundaries and 3 sixes.

On the other hand, Lynn scored a 32-ball 50 before his dismissal in the 11th over. His knock included 6 boundaries and 3 sixes. Both the openers made the winning foundation for Kolkata’s win over Rajasthan.

The missed dismissal chances

Rajasthan pacer Dhawal Kulkarni had a rather miserable day with the ball on Sunday at Jaipur. Rajasthan were conceding 139 where two dismissal chances missed.

Kulkarni came to bowl in the 4th over when Sunil Narine was batting at 23 off 7. He got deceived by the slower delivery and hit early. The ball was in the air for a while when Tripathi, who was at point region, couldn’t grab the ball. However, Narine made Rajasthan punish for this and scored another 24 runs before got out for 47.

If Narine’s dismissal was an easy one, Chris Lynn’s missed dismissal chance was way unimaginable. After Narine’s missed dismissal chance, the next delivery was about to dismiss Lynn. He got an inside edge that hit the stumps. But surprisingly, the bails were at their places after lights flared up and that went for a boundary. 

The result might have been changed if these two missed opportunities were taken by Rajasthan. However, a steady start helped Kolkata win the game whereas the slow approach led Rajasthan to another defeat.