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IPL 2019: Match 52, KXIP vs KKR – Predicted top performer based on stats and records for Fantasy Cricket

The Jamaican stalwart will be up against his former IPL side, against whom he has a very impressive record.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: IANS)

Christopher Henry Gayle will be up against the side with whom his IPL experience kick-started. Chris Gayle represented the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2008 to 2011, before moving to the Royal Challengers Bangalore and creating havoc in the tournament. He went on to achieve unattainable heights with the RCB and now, is showcasing age is just a number with the Kings XI Punjab.

He forms a pretty unique batting partnership with KL Rahul. While Rahul is class in and out, Gayle is all about the power hitting and stand-and-deliver stuff, making their duo look tremendous to the cricketing eye. The Universe Boss has had a decent tournament thus far and has amassed 448 runs in the 11 games he has played, which includes four fifty-plus scores.

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This is high time for the Kings XI side, who delivered exactly a similar performance last season. They once again started the season on a high and lost track in the middle stage. They need a lot of runs to outscore Kolkata Knight Riders, who themselves are banking on their Caribbean version of an explosion to get over the winning line.

Chris Gayle in the past has done tremendously well against KKR. He scored a hundred against them in the first game he ever played for RCB and later on piled up another four half-centuries. His average is pretty stupendous at the PCA stadium, which should be a huge confidence-booster for Ravichandran Ashwin and his men. They need a big win to boost their net run-rate as well and some Gayle mania can definitely help in this pursuit.

Record against the opposition (KKR) in the IPL:

Innings: 16

Runs: 635

Average: 48.84

100s: 1

50s: 4

Record at the venue (PCA Stadium in Mohali):

T20 format – 10 innings, 531 runs, 66.37 average, one century, 4 fifties.

Recent form:

In IPL 2019 – 11 innings, 448 runs, 44.8 average, 161.73 S/R, 4 fifties

Dream11 Scenario:

Costs 10.5 credits in the batsmen category and is picked by 65% of teams.

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