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IPL Fantasy 2019, Match 18, CSK vs KXIP: Who would be the X-Factor in today's game?

Shreyas
ANALYST
Feature
06 Apr 2019, 08:00 IST

MS Dhoni will look to get the side back to winning ways. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20/BCCI)
MS Dhoni will look to get the side back to winning ways. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20/BCCI)

The Chennai Super Kings will take on the Kings XI Punjab for a home game in front of the passionate Chennai fans in the first game of a double-header on April 6th in IPL 2019. Both the sides are on 3 wins each from 4 games and are on the top half of the IPL Points Table. Both the sides will want to win the match to go to the top of the table.

Ashwin will finally make a return to Chennai in IPL for the first time since 2015 and he will know the Chennai wicket very well. His team selection will be influenced by the slow, spinning nature of the pitch. MS Dhoni has been brilliant with his tactics and the team has been almost invincible at home.

The match is assured to be a cracker of a contest and with plenty of popular players in this match, it will be a game which is watched by all. Also, it will be a big game for IPL Fantasy player as both these teams have plenty of fantasy options who the Fantasy managers will want to fire.

On that note, let's take a look at who the X-Factor for this match will be.


KL Rahul will look to be back among the runs in this match. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20)
KL Rahul will look to be back among the runs in this match. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20)

The IPL Fantasy choices for this match will be tough to pick due to the variety available but the best option will be KXIP's keeper-batsman KL Rahul who is the Fantasy X-Factor for this match.

On a slow wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and with no CSK bowler bowling with a lot of pace, the opening spells from the pacers will be easier for Rahul to handle and get set. He hasn't had the best starts to the IPL and will look to settle in before going big. He is a great player of spin and if he plays out the first few overs, Rahul can score a lot of runs.

KL Rahul will also have a lot of work behind the stumps and with many mystery spinners in his team, there will be a lot of opportunities for stumpings or catches behind the wicket. Rahul will be the perfect fantasy pick and don't let his form dissuade you from getting him into your team.

If you are however looking at other players, Chris Gayle, Ambati Rayudu, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina would be great fantasy options for this match.

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