The teams to lock horns in the 6th match of the IPL 2019 are Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Now, both the teams have tasted victory in their first matches and that must have really set the ball rolling. So the match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata would surely be an exciting one where KKR would play host to KXIP. Read on to see if your Fantasy Cricket team requires any tweaking.
While Andrew Russell’s performance in the last four overs against Sunrisers put KKR in a winning position, KXIP clinched their victory against Rajasthan Royals in the controversial match thanks to the infamous ‘mankaded’ incident involving Jos Buttler and R Ashwin.
- Match: KKR vs KXIP match 6
- Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Date and Time: 27th March, 8 pm local time (2:30 GMT)
The forecast tells us that the temperature would be around 23 – 25 degree Celsius with a slight chance of rain. It wouldn’t be too hot but the presence of dew cannot be ruled out.
The pitch is a batting pitch which was proved in the last match which was played there and with the dew it would be wise to chase.
KKR: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Shubham Gill, Chris Lynn, Andre Russel, Nitish Rana, Carlos Barthwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla, Shrikant Mundhe, KC Cariappa, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gruney, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik.
KXIP: Ravichandran Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Agnivesh Ayachi, Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Ankit Rajpoot, Murugan Ashwin, David Miller, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Varun Chakravarthy, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Arshdeep Singh, Sam Curran, Simran Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande.
With the speculation around Narine’s injury in the last match, team coach Jacques Kallis informed the media that it would be fine before the next match. He also said that the team would undergo changes as the tournament progresses. He also said that apart from the special knock from Russell, he was happy with the way Shubham Gill performed.
The Probable XIs
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Joe Denly, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson.
KXIP: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), KL Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami.
Suggested Selections for Fantasy Cricket Team
In the last match Chris Gayle was devastating in the middle overs and would be a good choice. Also, Andre Russell saved the Knights with a huge 49 in just 19 balls and despite being a little expensive he managed to get some wickets as well. Nitish Rana proved that he can adjust to any batting spot and yet deliver and he had a good partnership with Uthappa.
KL Rahul has always performed well against KXIP and he can be a good choice for the position of vice captain as well. As for the bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Ferguson along with Piyush Chawla and Prasidh Krishna can be fruitful.