May 18: KKR v LSG, 66th Match, DY Patil Stadium
Safe XI: KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda (capt), Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Tim Southee (vice-capt), Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Captain: Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda has been a different player ever since LSG decided to move him up to No.3. His recent scores in that position are 59, 27, 41, 52 and 34. He is currently the fifth-highest run scorer in this tournament with 406 runs in 13 games.
Vice-captain: Tim Southee
The 33-year-old New Zealand quick has exceeded expectations this season with his consistent wicket-taking abilities. He has taken 14 wickets in eight games at a brilliant average of 15.57. He has been especially prolific at DY Patil Stadium, taking seven wickets in three games at an economy rate of 4.9. He is also the joint-second-highest wicket-taker at the venue this season.
Avesh Khan: Super Giants’ leading wicket-taker, with 17 strikes in 11 games, has continued his exploits from last season. Knight Riders have particularly struggled against his pace and accuracy as he has taken ten wickets in five games against them at an economy rate of 6.33.
Andre Russell: One of the delights for every fantasy player this season, Andre Russell has been accumulating big points for his all-round skills this season. He has scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 182.32 and has taken 17 wickets at a strike rate of 8.8 in 13 games. In Knight Riders’ first game against LSG earlier this season, he scored 45 off 19 balls and took a couple of wickets.
Ravi Bishnoi: Ravi Bishnoi has enjoyed decent returns this season, taking 11 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 8.19. But against a team which has struggled against wristspinners, expect Bishnoi to be among the wickets. He has taken six wickets in five games at an economy rate of 6.11 against KKR.
Rinku Singh: The youngster from Uttar Pradesh has been getting a string of games for the first time this season and he has grabbed it with both hands. His two scores at this venue are 35(28) and 23*(19) in IPL 2022. He will give you additional points for his fielding too. So far, he has taken nine catches and effected a run-out.
High-risk XI: Quinton de Kock, Sam Billings, Deepak Hooda, Nitish Rana, Ajinkya Rahane, Krunal Pandya, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav (vice-capt), Avesh Khan (capt), Tim Southee, Mohsin Khan