Gone are the 59 matches, and here we are at the end of this year’s IPL. With final just a few hours away, let’s have look at top picks from both the teams today.
Considering the pitch, Ravi Jadeja will hold the key for CSK. The Rajpoot boy did wonders with the ball the last time he met Hyderabad. Expect the same from him today as well.
No matter what and where he plays, he is the match winner. He is just three wickets away from the purple cap as well. Chennai will look to play him out rather than trying to do anything worse.
Williamson must play the anchor role today, and others must play around him. If he doesn’t score for the team, it is easy to bundle out Hyderabad cheaply. In a final like this, he must lead his team from the front.
Nobody in the CSK line-up knows Wankhede better than Rayudu. He was one of the stars for Mumbai Indians all these years. Rayudu’s form in the recent games wasn’t good as well. Today might be his day.
Raina is the major contributor for CSK all these years, and he does have a good record in the final. Raina will be looking to stay there and finish the game for CSK as well.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 PM IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: A cloudy evening with thunderstorms expected
KKR will not make any further changes to the team and will go in with the same line-up.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Rajasthan Royals will go with the same line-up but there will be few changes in the batting order.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
CRICKINGDUELS FANTASY PLAYING XI:
This probably is one of the important matches of the tournament as the outcome will affect the points table. With no Buttler and Stokes, Royals is not the same team whereas, the inclusion of Moeen Ali improved RCB’s strength both with the bat and ball. This probably one of the moves Kohli should have done earlier. With bright chance to get into the playoffs, Kohli will be looking to win this match at a good run-rate so that they can get through easily and for Royals, they will be looking out for the same.
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 46
The batsmen are yet to read his variations, and that is his plus point. He grabs important scalps and cuts the run flow as well.
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 166
The England All-rounder has provided the much-needed balance for the Bangalore side. Ali will be one of the most important players for the team as the tournament progress.
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 13
The Royals needs their best man to perform, but just like Rohit Sharma, Rahane couldn’t find the sweet spot yet. Can he find his form at the right time for Royals?
Last match crickingduels fantasy points: 51
The Kiwi spinner will play the key role in today’s match as AB de Villiers struggles against Sodhi.
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Conditions: Rain is on the cards
Shivam Mavi is yet to recover from the injury he picked up in the match against CSK. However, a last-minute call will be taken on his inclusion. In that case, Piyush Chawla or Kuldeep Yadav will be sitting out as Prasidh Krishna was impressive in all the matches he played.
PROBABLE: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
Other than D’Arcy Short everyone somehow fits in this line-up. Having said that today’s conditions are apt for the Australian, and it is something he is going to enjoy.
PROBABLE: D’Arcy Short, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal/Mahipal Lamror, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
CRICKINGDUELS FANTASY CRICKET 11:
When: May 11, Friday at 20:00 IST
Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur
Conditions: Warm Weather, the pitch will help the spinners
CSK: The team will not look to change much to the winning combination. The revamped bowling combination has click big time.
Probable: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur
RR: Though Rajasthan ended up on the winning side the other night, the team isn’t looking a great shape and to win against a team like CSK, Royals will have to make few changes to their combination.
Probable: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Stuart Binny/Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, K Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jofra Archer, Anureet Singh/Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.
Crickingduels fantasy cricket eleven: