The teams: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders. Both sides secured wins over the weekend thanks to dominant chasing performances – KXIP’s win was a combined effort by Vijay, Vohra and Maxwell and KKR’s win was set up by Gautam Gambhir’s sublime 90* off 60 balls. Both sides have been tidy in the field so far. KKR has a formidable bowling lineup with Morkel, Shakib, Narine, Russell and Yadav while KXIP seem to depend largely on uncapped bowlers.
The Venue: IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Traditionally known to be a good seamer’s wicket, M Ashwin took three wickets in the last game showing that heavy use in the IPL is starting to make this pitch spinner-friendly. Despite this, expect both captains to prefer batting second, as has been the theme in this year’s IPL.
Our picks for your fantasy cricket team
Andre Russell – Russell raced to 3 wickets in KKR’s opening game, and then smashed a blistering 36 off 17 balls in the second match. His ability to hit the big sixes and pick up crucial wickets make him a useful fantasy league pick. The only issue is that if Uthappa and Gambhir continue their fine form, he doesn’t get much time to bat!
Glenn Maxwell – The Big Show finally showed up to 2016’s IPL with a fine knock to hand KXIP their first win of the year. He walked in with 41 needed from 30 balls straight after a double-wicket over and proceeded to casually smash 32* off 14 balls (including 3 fours and 2 sixes) to finish the match with 8 deliveries to spare. He will look to use his non-traditional strokeplay to upset KKR’s strong spin lineup.
Manan Vohra – Our *wildcard* pick for this game is Manan Vohra. After he started his IPL Career strongly in 2013 and 2014, he had a quiet 2015, but has returned with a vengeance this year. Though KXIP lost their first 2 matches, Vohra got off to good starts, scoring 38 and 32. He finally converted his form to a half century against RPS, winning himself the Man of the Match award in the process. The fact that he bats in the top order maximises his potential.
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