The teams: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab. KXIP still sit in last place after 7 matches, but will have regained some confidence having just convincingly defeated the table leaders, GL. The shift in captaincy from Miller to Vijay seems to have done the trick for them. KKR meanwhile chased down 185 to defeat RCB in their latest game. After a quiet start to IPL 2016, Yusuf Pathan fans complained on this site that Gambhir was under-utilizing him, but he delivered with a breathtaking 60* (29) when it mattered.
The Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR has not played at home in almost 3 weeks, and though they lost to MI in the last game there, they will look forward to playing at Eden again. Expect another flat pitch tailor made for batsmen, with both sides using their spinners to curb scoring.
Our picks for your fantasy cricket team
Andre Russell- Russell continues to deliver for KKR with both bat and ball. In the last game against RCB, Russell opened the bowling, picked up a wicket, gave only 6 runs an over in his full quota of 4 overs, and smashed 39 off just 24 balls. His partnership with Yusuf Pathan took KKR to victory and no side will believe they’ve won against KKR as long as Russell is at the crease.
Axar Patel – After a very modest start to the IPL, Axar burst to the scene with 4 wickets in 5 balls. It is worth noting that he dismissed Smith, Karthik, Jadeja and Bravo – all players of international calibre. While he could get picked in the KXIP side for his bowling alone, he has also scored crucial runs, when needed. His all round abilities make him an asset for your fantasy team.
KC Cariappa – Our *wildcard* pick for this game is KC Cariappa, the right hand leg break bowler from Coorg. His ability to deliver a stock leg break, a googly and a carrom ball could make him an asset for KXIP. It’s worth noting he was with KKR last year, so will have experience in the nets against the largely unchanged KKR side from 2015. Cariappa will want to be counted amongst the ranks of Chahal, Mishra and Chawla, all of whom are successful leg spinners in the IPL.
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