Virat Kohli (10.5 credits)
King Kohli was back at his best against the Super Kings of Chennai. He scored an impressive 90 *, along with some excellent running between the wickets, exhibiting a stunning array of strokes.
He didn’t have an IPL as good as expected from a maverick like him, but he has recovered his form in the past few games. He enjoys playing against KKR, and last season he hammered and even scored a tonne against them. Expect him to be at his violent best in a place such as Sharjah.
Andre Russell (10 credits)
Andre Russell, the West Indian beast, had a mediocre season with the bat. And though he didn’t play too many balls, he wasted a few starts. But, he’s going to be up against RCB, his favourite opposition.
He scored 323 runs at an incredible strike rate of 227 in nine innings. He’d like to make an impact in Sharjah. In the batting line-up, he is likely to get promoted and will undoubtedly look to score a big one in this game. Don’t risk Russell not being used as a multiplier.
Aaron Finch (9 credits)
Aaron Finch didn’t have a terrific season. In most of the recent matches, we have omitted him. But it’s a hunch, and it’s going to fire Finch in this game. He’s missed out recently, but for too long, you can’t hold a class player like Finch out.
He’s going to appreciate the pace on the bat and aim for a big score on a floor with a flat deck and short boundaries. He will be up against a bowling line-up that in the first match they played here conceded more than 200, and Finch will back himself to take them on.
It’s a risky choice, but if the Challengers were to bat first, we could experience the fury of Finch without any strain, who could be devastating in his day.