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The start of the 15th season of IPL has been wonderful. The eighth match of this league will be between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings from 7:30 pm today. This match will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mayank Agarwal will be in front of Shreyas Iyer as captain in the match. On one side there is KKR who will take the field today after losing against RCB in the last match.
On the other hand there is the team of Punjab which defeated RCB in their first match. Let us try to know which players can be included in the team of Fantasy XI in this interesting match.
It could be beneficial to have Bhanuka Rajapakse and Sheldon Jackson as part of the fantasy team as wicketkeepers for the match. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 43 runs in the last match at a strike rate of 196 in 22 balls showed that he could be the top order for Punjab throughout the season. Fours were definitely 2 in this innings, but 4 sixes came out of his bat.
Bhanuka’s six hitting ability makes him a strong contender for the Fantasy-11 team. KKR’s wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson’s bat has remained silent till now, but Jackson, who has scored more than 5000 runs in first-class cricket, has the ability to make a strong comeback. He has impressed everyone with his stumpings and catching while keeping for KKR this season.
Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal can be picked in the batsmen for Fantasy 11. Gabbar is definitely running out of Team India, but his bat is burning fiercely in the IPL. In the first match of the season, he scored 43 runs at a strike rate of around 150, proving that he still has a hunger for runs. Shreyas, who won the match for Kolkata by being unbeaten in the first match, sat a little hasty in the second match. In such a situation, he will refrain from throwing his wicket today. He recently won the Man of the Tournament title while playing for Team India.
Mayank, who was captaining the IPL for the first time, had hit 2 fours and 2 sixes while playing at a strike rate of 133 in the first match against RCB. Mayank, who has scored more than 400 runs in the last two seasons, is expected to bat with a bang today.
You can bet on Sunil Narine, Odeon Smith and Andre Russell as all-rounders in this match. Sunil Narine has the ability to change the face of any match at any time. Against Bengaluru too, none of the batsmen were taking the risk of playing big shots in front of their swirling deliveries. His career strike rate in batting in IPL is 161.
Odeon Smith had taken the storm with his bat in the last match. Smith scored an unbeaten 25 off 8 balls at a strike rate of 312.5. Apart from Smith, you can have Andre Russell in your team. Against RCB, this player had hit 3 skyscraper sixes. So he can get good points.
Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty and Rahul Chahar can be selected in the team as bowlers. Umesh Yadav had taken 2-2 wickets during the power play in the last two matches and told that taking him lightly can be overwhelming for the other team.
Varun Chakraborty, famous as a mystery spinner, has an economy of just 6.83 in IPL. In such a situation, this player can also be beneficial for you. At the same time, Punjab leg-spinner Rahul Chahar gave only 22 runs in 4 overs and also took 1 wicket in front of the stormy batting of RCB. In such a situation, even today, good performance will be expected from him.
You can make Shikhar Dhawan the captain of the team and Umesh Yadav as the vice-captain.