Indian T20 League 2022: Kolkata vs Hyderabad Fantasy Cricket Match-Ups
By Parameswaran Sankaranarayanan May 13, 2022
Play-off chasing Hyderabad will square off against seventh-placed Kolkata at MCA Stadium in match 61 of the Indian T20 League 2022 season. The Kane Williamson-led franchise, winless in four games, find themselves sixth in the points table with ten points from 11 matches. They need a win to keep their top-four hopes alive.
Kolkata's playoff chances look bleak despite their thumping victory over Mumbai on Monday. The two-time winners have picked up just five wins in 12 games and can reach only a maximum of 14 points. A point for Bangalore and Rajasthan will eliminate the franchise.
Here are five exciting First Games fantasy cricket Match-Ups in the Kolkata-Hyderabad clash.
S IYER VS T NATARAJAN
Shreyas Iyer hasn't been able to register big scores off late as he managed just 100 runs in his last five innings. However, he remains Kolkata's leading run-getter in the ongoing season. Thangarasu Natarajan's return from injury will be a big boost for Hyderabad. The fast bowler has 17 wickets at an economy rate of 8.65 in nine matches.
Verdict: S Iyer is likely to finish above T Natarajan in the fantasy points chart.
ABHISHEK SHARMA VS V IYER
Abhishek Sharma will be keen to find runs after scoring just seven runs in his previous two outings. The 21-year-old, who leads Hyderabad's scoring charts, made a quickfire 39 the last time he played at MCA Stadium. Making a comeback into the Kolkata playing 11, Venkatesh Iyer gave Kolkata a brisk start against Mumbai. He hit four sixes and three boundaries en route to 43.
Verdict: V Iyer could beat Abhishek S in the Match-Up of openers.
T SOUTHEE VS R TRIPATHI
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.22 in seven matches. He grabbed the wicket of R Sharma and conceded just ten runs in his three overs against Mumbai. Meanwhile, Rahul Tripathi was the lone bright spark in the Hyderabad batting line-up in the defeat against Bangalore. The uncapped batter struck his second fifty in the tournament and crossed 300 runs.
Verdict: T Southee is likely to win the battle against R Tripathi.
S NARINE VS U MALIK
Two players who had contrasting outings in their respective last matches at MCA Stadium meet in this Match-Up. Sunil Narine has picked up 1/20 and scored 22 runs against Lucknow, while Umran Malik, yet to pick up a wicket in three matches, gave away 48 runs in four overs in the defeat against Chennai.
Verdict: S Narine is likely to pick up more fantasy points than U Malik.
What is First Games Match-Ups?
Match-Ups is a new fantasy contest where fantasy cricket players don’t need to create a team to join the contest. Select the player who will score the most points from the available match-ups. Higher the number of correct picks, bigger the prizes. Join the contest without creating a playing 11.
From 7 Match-Ups, select 5 Match-Ups
For each Match-Ups, pick the player who will score the most fantasy points
The contest will be cancelled and entry fee will be refunded if the match is curtailed due to weather or extreme conditions
The contest may also be cancelled if multiple players in Match-Ups are not in the starting line-up
Parameswaran Sankaranarayan is a sports enthusiast who has worked in print, website, and other digital platforms. He was part of the editorial team of first-ever Indian football-based website - IndianFootball.com (now defunct) - and passionately follows the latest happenings in world football. During his time as a journalist, he had the opportunity to interact with some of the iconic personalities in Indian sports and witness some memorable moments in Indian football.
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