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IPL 2019: Match 2, KKR vs SRH – Predicted top performer based on stats and records for Fantasy Cricket

He has a brilliant record against the KKR in the IPL.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will get their campaign underway with an away game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) thrive in their home conditions and though they lost their previous encounter against the visitors at the venue, the Knights go in as the favourites. The SRH will have to up their game from this match itself having lost on nine occasions in 15 matches against them in the tournament’s history.

For the Sunrisers to turn their fortunes and go one-up over the Men in Purple and Gold in their season opener, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to be at his best. The vice-captain of the team and the leader of the attack has become injury prone over the last year but will be gunning to get going this season. His workload will be managed this year keeping the World Cup in mind but he holds key in this game for the tourists.

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Record against the opposition (KKR):

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked 25 wickets against the KKR in 18 IPL matches so far at an impeccable average of 19.04. He is the only player in the tournament’s history to take more than 20 scalps against KKR.

Record at the venue (Kolkata):

Bhuvi also boasts of a brilliant record in the shortest format at the iconic Eden Gardens. In the 7 T20s, he’s played here, the pace bowler has accounted for 12 scalps at an average of 17.08 at a strike-rate of 13.1.

In the last 5 matches in Kolkata his figures read: 0/38, 3/26, 3/20, 2/31, 2/42

Recent form:

Bhuvi has been rusty in the recent matches owing to injuries and the selectors are also managing his workload. He has picked seven wickets in his last 8 matches in the format at an economy of 7.73. An average of 33.14 is definitely not good. But he will prefer playing at the Eden to improve this record.

Dream11 Scenario:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar costs only 9 credits in the bowlers’ category and is the must in any fantasy teams. He has been picked in 59% of the teams.

Here’s Sunrisers Hyderabad full squad for IPL 2019:

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