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IPL 2018 | MATCH 16 | KXIP vs SRH | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 16 | KXIP vs SRH | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

KXIP vs SRH: Chris Gayle went unsold at the IPL auctions this year. For starters, that was a shocker and after KXIP acquired him, Gayle didn’t get to start. Another blunder. He played the last game against Chennai and tore their bowling apart. That’s precisely what the big Jamaican can do. KXIP are currently placed third on the table and play the Sunrisers at home who are the only unbeaten team in the league so far. KKR moved to the top of the table after a convincing win over the Rajasthan Royals. However, SRH have played two games lesser. The battle for supremacy is on as KXIP vs SRH is bound to attract a lot of attention. This is going to be yet another thriller.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT MOHALI

PLAYED

10

PLAYED

4

KINGS XI PUNJAB

2

KINGS XI PUNJAB

0

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

8

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

4

SRH have won the last 6 games played between these two sides. The last time these two teams met at Mohali, SRH won comfortably by 26 runs.

VENUE: PUNJAB CRICKET ASSOCIATION STADIUM, MOHALI

PITCH CONDITIONS

The pitch here is great for batting and scores over 180 have been chased plenty of times. Dhoni almost pulled off a miraculous chase in the previous game after needing 55 off 18 deliveries. The outfield is fast and ball come’s nicely on to the bat. Win the toss and bowl first.

STATS AT IS BINDRA STADIUM, MOHALI

Matches played

48

Matches won batting 1st

21

Matches won batting 2nd

27

Average 1st innings score

163

Average 2nd innings score

152

Highest total recorded

240/5 by CSK vs KXIP

Lowest total recorded

67/10 by DD vs KXIP

TEAM NEWS

The KXIP wouldn’t want to tweak their winning combination. Yuvraj Singh’s form has been a bit of a concern, but the stylish left-hander is likely to retain his place.

SRH had Bhuvaneshwar Kumar back in their eleven and will remain unchanged for this fixture.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

KINGS XI PUNJAB

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh/Manoj Tiwary, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR(KXIP vs SRH)

THE UNIVERSE BOSS

Chris Gayle is back and is back with a bang. The powerful left-hander has always been a genuine match winner and why no team bid for him at the auctions was a massive surprise. He’s still got some fuel left and can help KXIP lift their first ever IPL title.

Just to let you know how magnanimous his T20 record is, let’s take a look at his numbers

Matches: 324, Runs: 11131, Average: 40.77, Strike-rate: 149.16, Hundreds: 17. Those numbers are a clear indication why he should be in your FanFight team for this fixture.

CLASSY RAHUL

KL Rahul has been in scintillating form in the 3 IPL games he’s played so far. The ball’s flying off his bat and he’s managing to hit even decent deliveries to boundaries. Now that’s an ominous sign. The only area where Rahul needs to work upon is his conversion rate. He needs to convert those beautiful 30’s and 40’s to match winning 100’s.

His last three innings: 51, 47 & 37. His strike-rates in those 3 innings: 318.75, 156.67 & 168.18.

TRICKY MUJEEB

Mujeeb Zadran has had a remarkable start to his IPL career. The delivery to dismiss Virat Kohli lies fresh in the minds of cricket fanatics. This young lad is here to stay and like his counterpart Rashid Khan, can carry his national team to unimaginable heights.

Mujeeb has picked only 3 wickets so far in the IPL but has looked menacing right from ball one. His economy rate is a mere 6.81 and he also adds a lot of variety to the Kings XI bowling department.

STYLISH SHIKHAR

Shikhar Dhawan is playing his best cricket at the moment and he’s taken the onus of providing a solid start. He’s scored 78*, 45 and 7 in his last three innings. The manner in which he’s scoring his runs is rather amusing. Dhawan has always been an attacking batsman but over the last year, he’s upped his game a notch.

CAPTAIN COOL

Kane Williamson has taken the responsibility of leading SRH and he’s leading this talented team to a nicety. However, there are very few batters in world cricket that can clobber the ball with an elegant ease. Williamson’s last three innings have yielded him 92 runs and if SRH have to win this contest he’s got to fire.

DEXTROUS BHUVI

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been India’s most improved cricketer in the last 18 months. He’s added pace to his already existing dexterity and now he’s unplayable. His 3-for in the last game after missing the second with a slight niggle also proves how much he’s worked on his fitness. There’s no better exponent of the knuckleball and the yorker than Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in world cricket. SRH have found a huge match winner in him and to retain him was an absolute masterstroke.

In IPL Kumar has already picked 115 wickets in 92 games. His economy, an impressive 7.08

FANFIGHT FANTASY TEAM FOR KXIP VS SRH

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TEAM 2

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SQUADS

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Ricky Bhui, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan.

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