Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to snap their two game losing run when they take on an energised Delhi Capitals at home on Sunday.
Sunrisers’ middle order has been exposed in the last two games and they can’t keep relying on David Warner forever as the Aussie, along with Englishman Jonny Bairstow, is likely to leave the team for World Cup preparations soon.
Delhi will be relying on their gun pace attack led by Kagiso Rabada to unsettle Hyderabad.
Who will come out on top tonight? Catch the live updates below.
Kolkata Knight Riders were manhandled by Chennai Super Kings a week ago – but now they get to play them on their own patch.
Eden Gardens plays hosts to a top-of-the-table IPL clash as MS Dhoni and Co head to Kolkata looking for their seventh win from eight games.
KKR meanwhile are looking to arrest a two-game losing skid, as the IPL’s MVP thus far, Andre Russell, looks for support from his team-mates.
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Nitish Rana – Kolkata Knight Riders (9 credits)
While there are the likes of Shane Watson and Chris Lynn to choose from, it is KKR’s Nitish Rana who gets the nod due to his incredible consistency for the franchise over the years.
The left-handed batsman has already registered two fine half-centuries in the ongoing edition and is striking the ball at a strike-rate of nearly 150. Rana’s average of 30 in the ongoing campaign guarantees its fair share of fantasy points.
With the southpaw playing in home conditions at the Eden Gardens, he can be expected to make a big impact in the clash.
Imran Tahir – Chennai Super Kings (9 credits)
After struggling for opportunities in the 2018 edition, veteran Imran Tahir has been a revelation in the ongoing campaign.
The 40-year-old leg-spinner has picked up nine wickets in his seven appearances so far which have all come at an outstanding economy-rate of just 5.61.
The Proteas ace’s wicket-to-wicket line and subtle variations make him a tough proposition for any batsmen to handle and his excitement and eagerness on the field is second to none.
With the Eden Gardens pitch having something for the slower bowlers, expect Tahir to continue his excellent run and add a few more scalps to his name.
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Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders (10 credits)
There is no question at all about this pick with the West Indies all-rounder already featuring prominently in most fantasy line ups and with good reason.
Russell has now registered six consecutive scores of above 40 in the ongoing campaign with his total of 302 runs coming at a staggering strike-rate of over 212.
What’s more, the all-rounder has even chipped in substantially with the ball with six wickets to show for from his seven appearances.
Although his fitness is being carefully monitored, expect KKR to unleash Russell again on Sunday as the one-man ‘Dre Russ’ army continues to march on.
MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings (9 credits)
There are two able wicketkeeper-batsmen on both sides but it is veteran MS Dhoni who ends up as our pick due to his better current form.
The CSK skipper is averaging over 107 with the bat in the ongoing edition where he has already registered two crucial half-centuries so far in his seven appearances.
The India veteran will be eager to carry on from his match-winning innings of 58 against Rajasthan Royals in CSK’s most recent clash. Plus, his wicketkeeping abilities are second to none so one can always expect a fair few points in that department.
CAPTAIN – Andre Russell
VICE CAPTAIN – MS Dhoni