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IPL 2019: Match 6, KKR vs KXIP – Predicted top performer based on stats and records for Fantasy Cricket

Gayle started the season with a brilliant 79-run knock against the Royals.

Chris Gayle
Kings XI Punjab’s Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

After the controversially filled opening game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are set to run into the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Nevertheless, they managed to win an away game and will be eyeing another one before playing their first game at home later this week. Their batting clicked big time despite KL Rahul failing and it was only because of one man.

Chris Gayle has found form in the first game itself and it is a dangerous sign for the other teams. He slammed 79 runs off just 47 balls opening the innings to announce his arrival and will be hungry for more runs going forward in the season. To his delight, the Universe Boss will be playing at his favourite venue in the next game and another Gayle-storm is expected in the City of Joy.

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Record against the opposition (KKR):

Chris Gayle loves batting against the Men in Purple and Gold. He has amassed 615 runs in only 15 innings while facing their bowling attack at an exceptional average of 51.25. His strike-rate of 152.22 will haunt the KKR ahead of this game and also has one century and four fifties to his name. His scores in the last five innings against them read 21, 62*, 0, 7, 49.

Record at the venue (Eden Garden, Kolkata):

Keep aside the KKR, Gayle loves batting at the iconic venue. In the 12 outings at the Eden Gardens, he has scored 544 runs at a thrilling strike-rate of 160.94 and an average of 54.40 suggests that he is the biggest threat for the home team in the upcoming encounter. The Caribbean though will be gutted to have scored only one century and will be eyeing to add another one soon.

His record in the last five innings at the Eden is superb. Twice he has gone past the 50-run mark. He missed the century once by just four runs while Gayle remained unbeaten on 62 in the other instance. His scores in the last five T20 innings at the venue: 62* (38), 7 (17), 49 (31), 4 (2), 96 (56)

Recent form:

Chris Gayle announced his ODI retirement after World Cup ahead of the series against England and since then, he has just pummeled the bowlers. The Boss from the Caribbean won the Man of the Series and walked into the IPL on the back of that confidence. He has replicated the same form in the team’s season opener and his last seven innings across all the formats are not at all a good sign for the bowlers.

Last 7 innings across all formats – 79, 5, 15, 77, 162, 50, 135

Dream11 Scenario:

Chris Gayle, on current form, is a must in the fantasy team and he is available on Dream 11 with 10 Credits. He has been picked in the 92% teams and he is also a perfect candidate for the Captain in this game.

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