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IPL Fantasy cricket, MI vs DD, KKR vs SRH: Tips to succeed in today's double header

3.77K   //    14 Apr 2018, 03:42 IST

Back Rohit to come good.
Back Rohit to come good.

Nothing excites us fans as much as a weekend when it comes to the IPL. Weekends mean doubleheaders!

And doubleheaders means double bonanza in fantasy. Hope you are having a gala with StarPick and even if you hadn't won anything significant so far, there is no cause for worry as StarPick fantasy offers you various exciting prizes going forward as well.

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Here are some tips to pick your fantasy team during this Saturday's doubleheader.

Keep your faith in Rohit

Season after season, Rohit Sharma has dominated the IPL. This time though, he has started off in an indifferent fashion but that shouldn't make you lose faith.

Mumbai Indians have made a poor start losing both their matches so far so Rohit will be determined to lead from the front to turn his side's fortunes around.

Except the Mumbai Indians skipper to come out firing and perhaps even change the tactics a little bit by demoting himself to the number three slot in order to bat deep into the innings.

Delhi meanwhile does not possess a fearsome bowling attack to trouble Rohit by any means. So the signs are ominous. There appears to be only one winner here. 

Markande the key

Delhi have a huge fight in their hands. After losing two games already, they will be up against a kid who has been bamboozling the batsmen with seven wickets in two outings.


Never discount the 20-year-old after his recent exploits. Markande was impressive at the Wankhede in the tournament opener so he knows how to bowl in these conditions.

The chances of him succeeding against a struggling batting line-up is pretty high especially when you consider the fact that they have a lot of big-hitters in that lineup who are unlikely to read him off his hand.

And to top it, he is going to cost you quite less anyway, so no harm was done. 

Kaul - IN, Bhuvi - OUT

Siddarth Kaul has come of age. There is absolutely no doubt about that after his performances in the opening two games.

In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who isn't a 100% fit, Kaul has stepped up for Sunrisers giving them regular breakthroughs.

On a surface that is likely to aid him, Kaul could prove to be a potent weapon in this form. And on the other hand, Bhuvi's inclusion doesn't make sense at the moment because there is no clarity on his availability.

Remember, he had a minor back issue and hence had to sit out of the game against Mumbai Indians. Expecting him to recover miraculously within 48 hours is just a bit too much.

Even if he is fit, will SRH take the risk and play him right away having already won their first two games? This is a long tournament and Kumar is the leader of the attack, so the chances appear slim. For now, it is better to favour an in-form Kaul.

Shakib's 'homecoming'

This is a huge game for Shakib Al Hasan! Ever since he started playing the IPL, he has been playing only for one franchise until now.

Kolkata Knight Riders are dear to him and the city had the local Bengali connection as well. Now as he comes to grips with the fact that it's a thing of the past, Al Hasan's experience is going to be vital.

SRH would look to tap into his knowledge of the Eden Gardens and as a result, he will certainly have a bigger role to play against the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell and the rest.

So it's time to invest on the Bangladesh allrounder for this clash even though he hasn't exactly set the tournament on fire.

No room for Narine

Whether it's the wily Rashid Khan, the improved Kaul or the pacy Stanlake, SRH have the right ammunition to nullify Narine's threat with the bat.

And with the ball, he is going to up against the likes of Dhawan, Williamson, Saha, Pandey, Al Hasan and Pathan.

He has bowled plenty of times in the nets to at least three of them and the other three have the right technique to handle him.

So I predict SRH to be well-equipped to keep Narine quiet with both bat and ball which is key here.

If you are going to spend big, rather invest it on someone like Russell who set Chepauk on fire the other night. Narine can wait. 

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