Fantasy Cricket Tips for the IPL Eliminator: SRH v KKR

What a performance from RCB in Qualifier 1! Now that you know how the IPL Playoffs work and that RCB is already in the IPL Finals, it’s going to be a scrap to the bitter end for the other three teams. The first knock-out game of the Playoffs, the ominously named “Eliminator” will be played on Wednesday between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knightriders, who placed 3rd and 4th in the league stage respectively. It’s SRH v KKR – time to do or die!

The Teams: After being on top of the league table for the longest time, SRH now face possible elimination against the team that denied them the top spot in the league last Sunday. Warner has been spectacular throughout the tournament and Dhawan has also stepped up in the latter stages but SRH will want Kane Williamson and Yuvi to come good in the unfamiliar environs of the playoffs. Nehra ji is out with injury so Warner will have to rely on the other SRH seamers (Bhuvi, Sran and Mustafizur) to blast their way through KKR’s line-up. KKR, on the other hand, are not new to the playoff stages of the IPL and have even won the whole show twice before. Yusuf Pathan has been their stand-out performer this season and their chances could be greatly boosted with the return from injury of their main man, Andre Russell. Gautam Gambhir will be itching to have another crack at Virat Kohli’s RCB. Things could get spicy!

The Venue: The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This ground historically favours the chasing team. The last game played here was 20 days ago when DD took on RPS and both teams scored in excess of 160. The pitch favours spin – KKR’s spinners will already be flexing their fingers in anticipation!

Who will win the Eliminator?

  • SRH (54%, 15 Votes)
  • KKR (46%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Fantasy Cricket Tips for IPL Playoffs Qualifier #1: GL v RCB

After much drama, fist-pumping, broken hearts and general emotional atyachaar, the four teams that have qualified for the IPL playoffs are the Gujarat Lions, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Kolkata Knightriders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. This post will explain the IPL Playoff Structure and will also cover our top fantasy cricket picks for Qualifier 1 – GL v RCB. Enjoy!

The IPL Playoff Structure: The IPL playoffs were invented in the wake of the Champions League T20. As only three teams qualified from each country, it was important to determine which team placed 3rd in the title race.  Even though the Champions League T20 itself has been abandoned, the playoffs continue. The IPL Playoffs work as follows:

  1. Qualifier 1 (GL v RCB) – The teams placed 1st and 2nd in the league stage play the first game. The winner of “Qualifier 1” goes straight through the IPL Finals. The loser goes through to Qualifier 2 for a second chance at getting into the finals.
  2. Eliminator (KKR v SRH) – The teams placed 3rd and 4th in the league stage play the second game. A knock-out game. The winner of this “Eliminator” goes through to Qualifier 2.
  3. Qualifier 2 – The loser of Qualifier 1 meets the winner of the Eliminator in this knock-out game. The winner of Qualifier 2 goes through to the IPL finals.
  4. IPL Finals – The excitement reaches a deafening crescendo when the winner of Qualifier 1 meets the winner of Qualifier 2 for the grande finale. Nearly two months of non-stop cricket all come down to this!

As you can see from the above, the IPL rewards consistency and Qualifier 1 is extremely important. The winner goes straight to the IPL Finals but the loser still gets a second chance, something that life generally doesn’t offer losers.

Which team will win Qualifier 1?

  • RCB (73%, 29 Votes)
  • GL (28%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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The Teams: Coming back to the game on Tuesday, GL has had quite a smooth journey to the top of the table. The playoffs are par-for-the-course for the likes of McCullum, Raina, Smith, DJ Bravo and Sir Jadeja and they are all used to playing under the added pressure – their erstwhile employer CSK made it into the playoffs every year! RCB’s campaign, on the other hand, got off to a horrendous start but Kohli managed to spark them into life at just the right time. RCB look hungry for the trophy and Kohli looks like he will go to any lengths to grab this one, including continuing to play with an injured hand. However, despite having the Purple Cap holder in his ranks, Kohli will be aware that RCB’s bowling remains a weak link.

The Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Undoubtedly one of this year’s flattest tracks, this ground can be expected to live up to its reputation as a batting paradise. In the last game here, RCB scored 211/3 in 15 overs with a Gayle special of 73 and yet another Kohli century! The Bangalore crowd is devoted in it’s worship of RCB so expect the RCB players to lift their game in front of their home supporters.

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IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips #55 and 56: KKR v SRH & RCB v DD

 

It’s all to play for! The last Super Sunday until next year’s IPL sees two stupendous games – KKR v SRH and RCB v DD. While most people are facing fantasy fatigue, some of you will be worried about getting fantasy withdrawal symptoms. Make the most of the last 6 games of the tournament!

Match tip #55: KKR v SRH

KKR find themselves in a must-win situation and they will look to their opening pair to fire them through to the top 4. The Uthappa – Gambhir partnership was really solid up front but has not really clicked in the last few games. For SRH, Warner would want to push the pedal to the metal to ensure his team ends up in the top 2 so that they give themselves at least two opportunities to make it to the final.

The Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The surface is slow and the spinners can expect to find some joy. KKR has won 3 and lost 3 games here this season and will be looking to make amends after their last loss to RCB here.

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IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips – RPS v KXIP & GL v MI

The final four IPL league games are here and soon all the qualification scenarios will become clear. After 4 weeks, 52 games, four centuries from Virat Kohli, never-ending injuries to RPS players, and lots more highs and lows, it really all comes down to this. We begin with Super Saturday: RPS v KXIP and GL v MI.

Which teams will win on Saturday (RPS v KXIP and GL v MI)?

  • RPS and MI (38%, 8 Votes)
  • RPS and GL (24%, 5 Votes)
  • KXIP and MI (24%, 5 Votes)
  • KXIP and GL (14%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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Match Tip #53: RPS v KXIP

The teams: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab (RPS V KXIP). The most anti-climactic start to this big weekend, these are unfortunately the only two teams with no chance of a playoff spot. That said, both are tied at the bottom with 8 points, which means the loser ends in last (8th) place, so there is something to play for. Plus of course all points are equal when it comes to fantasy league cricket! RPS will have a slight edge, having just beaten the strong Delhi Daredevils, while KXIP suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kohli who seems truly unstoppable this season. Captain MSD will want to prove he still has something to bring to the table.

The Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakapatnam. After a high scoring game, the most recent game was rain curtailed and saw both sides batting at just about 6 runs/over. Expect some help for the quick bowlers.

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IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips #52: DD v SRH

Which team will win DD v SRH?

  • SRH (61%, 17 Votes)
  • DD (39%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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The teams: Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad (DD v SRH). SRH have all but secured their playoff spot by this point, while DD have lost their way after a great start to the season and sit precariously in sixth place. With just two matches remaining for each side, SRH will want to cement their berth in the top two. DD, meanwhile will need to win at least one of their two remaining matches – most likely both – by a noticeable margin. Dravid & Co. may just have pushed their luck too far with rotating the playing XI. Too often this season, DD have dropped players who were performing well and it looks like this may have hurt their campaign.

The Venue: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur. The ‘second home’ stadium of the Daredevils, DD will be hoping their luck changes here. There may be some grass on the wicket given it is Raipur’s first IPL game this year, but we still expect a flat track that will help the batsmen.

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