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IPL Fantasy 2018, SRH vs KXIP: 4 suggestions to help you earn big money today

Sanjeev
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5.20K   //    26 Apr 2018, 11:56 IST

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

Almost halfway through the tournament, we have already witnessed some classics, including the one last night. If you didn't have a good fantasy outing in the high-scoring RCB-CSK clash, tonight presents an opportunity to make amends. Here are some suggestions to score big tonight.

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Surely, not this time?

Most of us didn't expect Chris Gayle to fire against a strong SRH bowling attack, but he proved us all wrong. Gayle tweaked his game and calculated his assault by picking on certain bowlers. Rashid Khan, in particular, was in for some severe punishment as Gayle smoked him for a few sixes.

So what's going to be the scenario this time? Surely, SRH will be more pumped and ready for Gayle this time? With the best bowling attack, they will be expected to come up with plans to stop the Jamaican from hurting them. So should you still take a punt and pick him? I would advice against it.

Also, Gayle didn't play the last game, so it will be interesting to see if he slots in straightaway or KXIP opt to rest him for one more game. There is a bit of uncertainty involved here, and as a result, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Who will play?

Siddarth Kaul has been mighty impressive so he will be part of the lineup and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to return to the team for this crucial clash if he regains his fitness. But what if he doesn't?

In that case, the seam attack will remain the same, but in case Bhuvi is back, then one of Basil Thampi or Sandeep Sharma will have to make way. So this is going to be a tough call.

Apart from Kaul, no one else seems a certainty for now. He is a must in your playing XI, but any other Indian seamer is a risky choice. Stick with Rashid in that case. I know it's hard to pick just two bowlers from SRH but in this situation, you will have to bring in some KXIP bowlers into the equation. They haven't been bad themselves. 

Where do we go with Yuvi?

It's quite sad to see Yuvraj Singh struggle. One of India's biggest matchwinners looks way past his best in this IPL so far. He has proved his doubters wrong on many occasions but this time around, I think the chances of that happening are very less.

The question is how long will he get a run in this team especially with someone like Manoj Tiwary sitting outside? He might get one final go against SRH tonight but that should still prevent you from picking him. It's a risk not worth taking.

Apart from Yuvi, another big name that isn't worth taking for now is Manish Pandey. He hasn't repaid the faith shown in him. Pandey has been woeful in this IPL so far considering the price tag and he hasn't been able to replicate his KKR feats.

Pandey still has the ability in him to turn things around when you least expect him to do so, but unless you can afford him, it's better to avoid. Kane Williamson is still the best pick among the lot. 

Dhawan - OUT, Nair - IN

Dhawan started off in excellent fashion but ever since he got struck by a blow to his arm, he hasn't looked the same. He missed one game and didn't look totally comfortable in the previous one.

SRH will stick with him since he is their big gun, but against Mujeeb and Ashwin, Dhawan might find it tough to get going. On the other hand, someone like Karun Nair has flown under the radar this time.

He is having a very good season chipping in with useful contributions almost every single game. On a slower surface, he is expected to step up once again with the conditions suiting him. He is going to be cheaper as well which will allow you to invest in some big names in other departments. 

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