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IPL Fantasy 2018, CSK vs RCB, SRH vs DD: 4 tips to help you earn big today

Sanjeev
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5.25K   //    05 May 2018, 01:03 IST

South Africa v West Indies - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
AB de Villiers is fit and raring to go for RCB.

Another week, another doubleheader! As the teams fight it out for vital points in their bid to qualify for the playoff, it's time you step up your game as well in order to ensure you score big and as a result, earn big.

In Pune, the two big heavyweights RCB and CSK clash in the evening which will be followed by SRH taking on DD at home. So with two matches in front of you, here are some suggestions to help you earn big today.

Boult FTW

The Purple cap holder, how well has he bowled this IPL? He has done his job without making any noise whatsoever.

He is just too consistent, comes in, swings the new ball, grabs a wicket, comes back at the death, hits the right lengths, bowls a tidy spell, picks a wicket or two again and then ends up with excellent figures.

Even though I haven't recommended picking Boult before, this time I do so since DD will be up against a lineup that's been brittle to say the least.

It's their bowling that has won them the games so far and if Boult can pick up an early wicket yet again, he will definitely end up with great figures to fetch you big points. 

DD's batsmen vs SRH's bowlers

To be honest, there looks to be only one clear winner here. No disrespect to DD but their batting lineup consists of flashy players.

Their approach is not going to work on this surface against this bowling attack. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar slots back into the playing XI, things are only going to get messy for DD.

Imagine Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer going for their strokes straightaway against these bowlers. I would strongly recommend picking someone like Siddarth Kaul and Rashid Khan.

The Afghanistan legspinner is going to be more than handy against this batting lineup.

In case you still prefer picking a lot of DD batsmen, it's nothing short of a gamble. In fact, I won't be surprised if Gambhir gets a game today to negate the threat of this strong attack. He might come in place of Munro if that ever happens.

Someone like Vijay Shankar who has a solid technique might be a safe bet. Considering he has also played at Hyderabad before, he will have some awareness of these conditions and might prove to be a handy customer. 

Batsmen please for CSK-RCB clash

If the SRH-DD game has to contain bowlers in the majority, it's the extreme opposite for this huge clash between CSK and RCB.

Pune has been a batsman's paradise so far except for the Rajasthan Royals who struggled here in a steep run chase.

Considering the battling lineup of both CSK and RCB, expect a bucket-full of runs today. Your biggest headache will be managing the big stars on a small budget.

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni are six huge names.

Any of these names can hurt you if you drop them but you have to take a gamble and ensure there are at least four out of these six.

Picking someone like Rayudu and Mandeep Singh will help matters since they won't cost a lot but still accommodating the rest is a hard task.

Perhaps, you can take a gamble by neglecting AB since he is returning from a viral fever. 

So who are the bowlers then?

Similarly, in the bowling department, again you will have to go for cheap options in order to make room for the bigger prize - the batsmen. KM Asif is an early candidate and from RCB, perhaps Washington Sundar can come in handy with him also being a pinch-hitter at 7.

I know Tim Southee was effective in the last game for RCB but expecting him to come good in these conditions is just pushing it too far. In the end, it might all come down to the toss. 


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