T20 batsmen with the best and worst records in the UAE

With the later stages of the T20 World Cup taking place across just 3 venues in the UAE we look at which batsmen and bowlers have the best and indeed worst records in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah respectively.

Given that all 3 venues have been used to host at least some of the last 2 IPL seasons not to mentioned that Abu Dhabi was used as the sole stadium to finish the recent PSL it means that many of the leading T20 players in the world have played a fair amount of cricket in the UAE as we enter an intense month of cricket to played in the Emirates.

The stats in this blog post only consider players in the current T20 World Cup squads and are derived from games up to and including the IPL final on 15th October 2021.

You can view all player T20 stats by stadium on the page below

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T20 Batting records in Abu Dhabi

At the top of the order the likes Sky Yadav, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam have all got excellent records batting in Abu Dhabi although at least in the group stages of the tournament each man will only get single opportunity to improve on those stats.

However, Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai will get at least chances in Abu Dhabi. The big left-hander was in imperious form towards the back end of last season’s PSL and strikes at just shy of 200 at this venue. He’ll certainly be one of the players to watch in this World Cup as he seeks to expand on his growing reputation as a man who can cause damage in the powerplay.

Further down the order and South Africa will be keen for David Miller to recapture some of the form he showed at this venue in 2014. The proteas seem a little light on big hitters in the middle order and so if Miller can rediscover some of that power from years gone by it would significantly increase their chances of qualifying for the semis.

Similarly, India will be very keen to see Hardik Pandya recapture some of the run scoring that he has demonstrated in Abu Dhabi in the past. The right-hander had an underwhelming IPL but in T20 cricket a batsman is only a good innings away from returning to form.

Finally, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard who was also not at his absolute best for Mumbai Indians this year will be hoping to lead from the front in the games that his side play at Abu Dhabi

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
SA Yadav50041.7165.61
Babar Azam41241.2118.11
KS Williamson22945.8128.01
HH Pandya24048.0171.41
KA Pollard21643.2144.02
DA Miller21042.0137.32

On the flip side several big name top order players have had their struggles in Abu Dhabi. Aaron Finch and Martin Guptill have generally been deemed surplus to requirement in franchise leagues such as the IPL on the perception that they aren’t as effective on slower and drier surfaces and certainly their stats at Abu Dhabi seem to back this up.

Meanwhile, the decision for Pakistan to go back to Fakhar Zaman, a man who has never really managed to recapture his 50 over form in the shortest format seems a strange one based on this struggles here. In fact, despite this being in many ways a home tournament for Pakistan many of their middle to lower also have pretty poor records at a ground where they’ve played a significant amount of cricket these last couple of years.

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
AJ Finch5811.687.92
MJ Guptill7310.4100.01
Fakhar Zaman9610.789.71
T20 batting records in Dubai

I’ve just watched KL Rahul spank a 23 ball half-century in a warm-up match against England and while that game is taking place on the ICC Academy Ground as opposed to the International Stadium that will be used for the World Cup itself there is clearly something about the Dubai air that agrees with King Legend. Watch his innings of 132 not out at this venue in 2020.

Simaraly, England have a couple of players with good records in Dubai including captain Eoin Morgan who looked woefully short of form in the 2nd part of the IPL despite managing to guide KKR to the final.

Elsewhere India also have Ishan Kishan who has performed very well for Mumbai Indians when they’ve visited Dubai and Ravi Jadeja who over the last couple of years has turned into one of the best finishers in the world. That India play 3 of their group games here and potentially a semi-final and final thereafter bodes well for their chances to reclaim the title they last won in 2007.

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
KL Rahul61255.6145.43
EJG Morgan39443.8130.462
KS Williamson34342.9124.32
JM Bairstow32340.4127.22
Ishan Kishan28671.5156.33
RA Jadeja20350.8130.13

Strangely enough have been one of the top performers down the road in Abu Dhabi, Suryakumar Yadav has a fairly retched record in Dubai. However, as the below table shows, he’s not the only one with key players from Australia, West Indies, England and Pakistan also having struggle at this venue.

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
SPD Smith11113.9113.33
MM Ali7010.0100.02
ADS Fletcher10715.3101.92
SA Yadav10116.8107.43
Mohammad Rizwan18714.41002
T20 batting records in Sharjah

Sharjah is an interesting venue. Having seen some really big scoring during IPL 2020 the runs dried up in the recently concluded 2021 tournament and so some of the stats at this stadium perhaps need to be taken into context based on the kind of pitches that are created for the T20 World Cup.

I could include the likes of Glenn Maxwell in the list below with his incredible average of 56 and strike rate of 178.3 at Sharjah but what’s the point? Australia don’t play any of their games in Sharjah and in that sense Steve Smith (ave 44 & S/R 147) and Virat Kohli (ave 48 & S/R 122) will also miss out on the opportunity to add to their impressive T20 stats in Sharjah.

However for those sides that do play a couple of games at Sharjah, these are the player to watch for based on previous T20 form at this stadium.

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
Sarfraz Ahmed34148.7124.52
Mohammad Rizwan23346.6133.12
DJ Malan19749.3124.72
Q de Kock17343.3132.12

By contrast a few big hitters including West Indies duo Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have found things hard going in Sharjah in the past with England captain Eoin Morgan also having struggled in previous T20 outings here.

BatsmanRuns AverageS/RGroup matches at this venue
EJG Morgan16715.2109.22
CH Gayle19021.1123.41
AD Russell10812.0131.71

T20 World Cup head to head player stats now available

No sooner has the IPL finished and we move straight into the T20 World Cup with T20 head to head now having published full player head to head statistics for all 11 Test playing nations including

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • India
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Indies

Click here for T20 player head to head stats

Head to head stats for all 15 squad members plus any official reserves have been included spanning data from T20 internationals as well as tournaments around the world (IPL, PSL, CPL, BBL, T20 Blast and The Hundred)

Virat Kohli head to head stats vs New Zealand

Users can also search for a batsman’s head to head record against various types of bowling with our stats showing data against 6 different styles of bowler.

Rohit Sharma head to head record vs different types of bowling

Access the T20 World Cup player head to head stats on the page below

Click here for T20 player head to head stats

New and improved IPL player head to head statistics

IPL player head to head statistics are now live on the site and can be accessed on our pages here

Unlike the original version of the data that only compared records of batsman and bowlers from matches played in the IPL, the new report searches games played across all other major T20 leagues (PSL, BBL, CPL, T20 Blast, The Hundred and of course the IPL) as well as international T20 matches to give you greater insight into the key match ups in any game.

The report structure has also been simplified and embedded within the page itself meaning that essential data is just a few clicks away – give it a try below

Click here to load this Caspio Online Database.

If the report doesn’t load on your browser then please CLICK HERE

Let’s take a look a few fun stats from the data. All stats accurate as of matches played on 22nd September 2021


Batsmen who have a strike rate of 300 or more against a bowler (min 10 balls faced)

Tonight bowlers, you dine in hell …

BatsmanBowlerBallsRunsStrike Rate
HH PandyaP Negi1139354.5
SS IyerShivam Mavi1553353.3
E LewisJDS Neesham1137336.4
AD RussellSN Thakur1549326.7
DJ HoodaS Gopal1238316.7
GH GayleP Negi1031310.0
GJ MaxwellJDS Neesham1134309.1
HH PandyaKartik Tyagi1030300.0

Test Match Special

Batsman with a strike rate of under 50 against a specific bowler (min 20 balls faced)

It’s all about technique and graft …

BatsmanBowlerBallsRunsStrike Rate
DT ChristianMujeeb Ur Rahman311238.7
JO HolderT Shamsi20945.0
KA PollardKK Ahmed261246.2
N PooranRashid Khan311548.4

Bunny Season

Bowlers with a strike rate of a wicket every 6 balls or better against a batsman (min. 20 balls faced)

This won’t take long…

BowlerBatsmanBallsWicketsStrike Rate
Harbhajan SinghKK Nair2145.25
DL ChaharAM Rahane2345.75
Imran TahirIshan Kishan2955.80
JJ BumrahRR Pant3666.00
Rashid KhanDJ Bravo2446.00
MP StoinisKH Pandya2446.00

The Wall

IPL batsman who have faced more than 10 overs from a single bowler in T20 cricket and are yet to be dismissed

KS WilliamsonA Mishra73
KL RahulKH Pandya67
S DhawanMohammed Shami66
KL RahulDL Chahar63
AB de VilliersShakib Al Hasan61

IPL Powerplay and Death Over Stats Updated

The IPL is back and so are we!

Due to other commitments, I’ve been unable to update the blog for the last few weeks and I’d have liked to put some more venue related stas and records up ahead of the IPL restart but life has been busy and therefore I’ve not had the chance.

However, starting from today I will begin to update the existing IPL pages and first up are the Powerplay stats and the Death Over stats for both players and teams.

You can access the latest data on both via the links below

IPL 2021 Powerplay Stats
IPL 2021 Death Over Stats

Warner Park player statistics and records

With the 2021 edition of the CPL due to begin on 26th August, we take a look at the players with the best and worst T20 records at Warner Park, the stadium that will host all of the matches in this year’s tournament. Bearing in mind that Warner Park has been used to host plenty of CPL and T20 matches in the past, we have decent amount of stats to draw upon and you can find our details T20 statistics and records for Warner Park here

Let’s start with the batsmen who have most enjoyed this venue in T20 cricket and it won’t come as any surprise to see that the leading run scorers at Warner Park in T20s are dominated by 3 CPL and West Indies regulars.

In regards the players with the best T20 batting average at Warner Park, West Indies old boy Marlon Samuels enjoyed this venue with an average of 54.1 over the duration of his career. However, as far as current players are concerned here are the leading batsmen.

Of course you can’t talk about T20 cricket without mentioning strike rate as a key factor to success. If young Shamar Springer gets another game for Barbados then he’ll been keen to keep up his exploits at Warner Park Stadium. The all-rounder has faced 1 ball at Warner Park in the CPL and hit it for six! However, those with longer careers and impressive strike rates at Warner Park in T20 matches can be seen below

Bowling wise, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that Carlos Brathwaite is the leading wicket taker in T20 matches at Warner Park. To date he bowled just shy of 500 deliveries (493 balls) at this venue far more than anybody else and over twice as many as Shamsi (219 balls) who he is tied with as the record wicket taker at Warner Park. in T20 cricket

In terms of strike rate, leg-spinners always enjoy taking wickets in T20 cricket and Warner Park is no different. While not having a huge amount of stats behind them the likes of Imran Tahir who has 6 wickets in the two T20 games he’s played at Warner Park and Qais Ahmed who took 3 in his single match here might well be worth watching. Out of those who have bowled a minimum of 50 balls at Warner Park in T20 matches, these are the bowlers with the best strike rate.

Of course not every player enjoys certain venues so to close let’s look at a few of the players who have less than favourable T20 records at Warner Park coming into the 2021 CPL season. This includes a couple of West Indian star batsmen and a local bowler who is still searching for his first T20 wicket on his home ground.

All stats accurate as of 26 August 2021

Powerplay and death over stats for the T20 Blast 2021 season now available!

The T20 Blast 2021 season is now a couple of weeks old and we’ve already seen a lot of great action from the 18 teams involved. The hot dry weather and some excellent batting surfaces have contributed to some really big scoring to date with a par first innings score in the Blast being in excess of 180 to date.

As we’ve now reached a stage where every team has played between 3 and 5 games and with plenty more matches to come this weekend (weather permitting) then it seemed an appropriate time to launch our powerplay and death overs stats for the 2021 T20 Blast.

Both pages give an insight into the teams and players who are most successful in these phases of the game by providing the following stats

  • Average score and wickets lost by team
  • Run rate by team
  • Bowling economy rate by team
  • Wickets taken by team
  • Best strike rate by batsmen
  • Best economy rate by bowler
  • Most wickets by bowler

Whether it’s the explosive starts we’ve seen by Surrey’s batsmen in the powerplay or the brilliance of Sussex’s bowlers these stats should provide you with a unique insight into T20 domestic cricket in England.

New Player and Stadium Stats added for the T20 Blast

The month of May should have seen the climax of the 2021 IPL season before moving swiftly onto the rescheduled PSL but unfortunately, Covid-19 had other ideas!

However, at T20 head to head we haven’t let the lull in action prevent us from getting on and adding new data and pages to the site for a tournament that we all hope will be able to begin on time and with in-stadium supporters to boot, the T20 Vitality Blast.

The site now contains head to head player statistics for the squads of all 18 sides competing in the Vitality Blast this year. We’ve also upgraded the site itself so that you can access all these statistics with the page itself.

View T20 Blast head to head player stats

Here’s what the new in page head to head reports look like!

Equally, we’ve added player statistics at all 20 of the grounds that are scheduled to host a Blast match this summer and you can find a full list of stadium records both of which can be found below.

Player records by venue

Stadium statistics and records

As the tournament progresses we’ll also add powerplay and death over stats for all 18 teams and the top players in those particular phases as well as player/team articles and records.

The T20 Blast begins on Wednesday, 9th June with Lancashire Lightining hosting the Derbyshire Falcons, don’t miss out on the most up to date stats on T20 head to head

IPL 2021 SRH vs MI Preview

Preview SRH vs MI IPL 2021, Match 31, May 4th, Arun Jaitley Stadium. SRH vs MI head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for SRH vs MI.

Key match stats SRH vs MI preview

Venue Stats – Arun Jaitley Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 180
  • Average powerplay score: 48
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 51%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form SRH vs MI preview

  • MI – WWLLW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2021, MI won by 13 runs, IPL 2020, MI won by 34 runs, SRH won by 10 wickets
SRH vs MI preview

For SRH the 2021 IPL season is fast turning into a nightmare with the team lacking any kind of confidence or cohesion. The replacement of David Warner as captain with Kane Williamson is a curious decision but as we’ve been writing about for the past few weeks, so many of the Sunrisers choices in regards selection and tactics during IPL 2021 have left a lot to be desired.

In their previous outing against Rajasthan Royals, they also received some criticism for bowling Rashid Khan out early in the innings. Personally, I thought they got their tactics spot on with Rashid having such a good record against Buttler as we indicated in our match preview and the fact that the Royals are so dependant on their top order to get them runs. Had they have knocked over the 2 right handers then Mohammed Nabi would have been an excellent match-up against the left handers in the middle order.

What was lacking from Sunrisers though was execution of even basic skills – they dropped both Samson and Buttler – to back up those plans. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter who your captain is if you can’t execute your basic skills and this has been a problem for SRH all season. In a league as close and competitive as the IPL, the successful teams will be the ones who do the simple things on a consistent basis with a little bit of star quality thrown in for good measure.

Speaking of star quality, Mumbai Indians are beginning to show some of theirs with a magnificent chase in their last game at this venue headed by the evergreen Kieron Pollard. The big man put in a fantastic all-round performance to underline his continued importance to the franchise that he has been at since the IPL’s inception. It was also a good win for me personally as well because I put money on MI winning it from about the 12th over of their chase at very generous odds of 6.0 as shown in my tweet above.

SRH vs MI head to head stats

SRH bowling vs MI batting

We’ve already mentioned the Sunrisers decision to bowl Rashid Khan earlier in the innings than you’d normally expect and beyond the advantageous match up they hoped it would present against RR is the desperation that SRH have to get early break throughs. Prior to that game the Sunrisers had taken just 3 wickets in the powerplay all tournament with Rashid adding a 4th when he got rid of Yashasvi Jaiswal early on. Without any kind of penetration up front, SRH are always left chasing games and the table doesn’t lie when it shows they aren’t particularly good at that!

Average powerplay score and average number of wickets lost by team in IPL 2021

In this game they also come up against a Mumbai Indians side whose default plan is to not lose wickets in the powerplay and build themselves into a strong position in order to let their powerful middle order go big later in the innings. Our graph above shows that MI have lost the fewest wickets in the powerplay during IPL 2021. The question then is how can SRH disrupt this Mumbai Indians top order?

If SRH are guided by head to head stats to choose their match-ups once again then they’ll undoubtedly want to get Sandeep Sharma on against his name sake Rohit.

Sandeep vs Rohit IPL head to head stats

Of course the problem for Sandeep and most of the SRH bowling attack is that when the ball doesn’t swing, and it hasn’t at the venues they’ve played at, then they become exposed as the medium-fast bowlers that they are. The lack then of genuine pace in this Sunrisers squad becomes apparent and teams are left knowing that if they can navigate Rashid Khan’s 4 overs then there is very little threat elsewhere. SRH may well look at bringing in Jason Holder to add a little variety to their attack for this game. While by no means quick, Holder’s height and the bounce he creates will at least provide a different problem for the MI batsmen.

Several SRH players have had disappointing seasons but the form and fitness of Buvi have been a real issue for the men in orange. Following his exploits for India in the white ball games against England, it looked like Buvi was back to his best but so far he’s managed just 3 wickets from 5 matches and in this game he faces an opening pair who he has struggled to dislodge in past IPL encounters.

Buvi vs MI openers IPL head to head stats

MI bowling vs SRH batting

To balance out our criticism of SRH’s powerplay bowling, we should probably point out that Mumbai Indians themselves have also struggled to get early break throughs in IPL 2021. The selection of Dhawal Kulkarni in their previous match against CSK was almost certainly a recognition that they need a little more penetration in the early stages of the innings if they are going to defend their title this year and it’s that 3rd seamer role that is causing the champions the most headaches with none of the options they’ve tried to date really grabbing their opportunity.

With Warner dropped, SRH opted to promote Manish Pandey to open the batting. For his part, Pandey has a pretty good head to head record against all the bowlers that MI have used in IPL 2021.

Manish Pandey IPL record vs all MI bowlers used in IPL 2021

Again though, we are looking at an SRH side who are likely to be very dependant on their top 3 (whoever they are) to get them a good score in this fixture. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, SRH were seemingly heading towards a victory when Warner and Bairstow were at the crease but they collapsed from a position of 67 without loss to 137 all out once that partnership was broken.

Run rate at the death for each IPL team

Following another collapse against the Royals in their last match, SRH now have the 2nd worst strike rate at the death. It’s difficult to see who out of the many options they’ve tried in the middle and lower order will be able to turn that around, especially against a side like Mumbai Indians who have been very strong with the ball during the middle and late stages of an innings.

All IPL player head to head records can be found here

IPL 2021 KKR vs RCB Preview

Preview KKR vs RCB IPL 2021, Match 30, May 3rd, Narendra Modi Stadium. KKR vs RCB head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for KKR vs RCB.

Key match stats KKR vs RCB

Venue Stats – Narendra Modi Stadium

  • Average first innings: 160
  • Average first innings winning score: 171
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 47%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form KKR vs RCB preview

  • Recent meetings: IPL 2021, RCB won by 28 runs, IPL 2020, RCB won by 82 runs, RCB won by 8 wickets
KKR vs RCB preview

RCB have suffered a little wobble in form since going 4 matches unbeaten at the start of the tournament but at the half way point of IPL 2021, Virat Kohli’s team can still be pleased with their progress to date. However, the next 7 games will be crucial both in terms of pushing for a top 2 finish and the easier route to the final that provides, as well as to show that the Challengers squad haven’t peaked too early in this competition as we head towards the business end of proceedings.

As a bare minimum, RCB will want to beat the 4 teams that are currently outside the playoffs and who have all looked a little off the pace so far in IPL 2021, starting with KKR today. One thing in RCB’s favour is the fact that they’ve won the last 4 encounters with the Knight Riders and put in some really dominant performances during that period against the 2 time champions.

A brief assessment of KKR’s first half of the IPL would read, bright beginnings but cracks starting to widen as the tournament progresses. Since their convincing victory over SRH in the opening game, KKR have struggled to put in a performance of note with their only other win courtesy of an all too familiar PBKS batting collapse. With the likes of Mumbai Indians now starting to accelerate away and close the gap on the 3 early pace setters, the window of opportunity for any of the sides currently in the bottom 4 to make a late charge for the playoffs is closing fast. KKR will need to win a minimum 5 of the remaining 7 games to have any chance of getting to the knock out phase.

KKR vs RCB head to head stats

KKR bowling vs RCB batting

If you are KKR, you must be thinking about how you can get a left-arm spinner (preferably one who can bat) into your side following what has happened to RCB in the recent games against CSK and PBKS where Ravi Jadeja and Harpreet Brar did some serious damage to their much vaunted middle order. KKR do of course have Shakib Al Hassan on the bench who started off well this season before losing his place to Sunil Narine.

BatsmanAverageStrike Rate
Virat Kohli56.25115.98
Glen Maxwell24.11148.63
AB de Villiers 40.20127.25
RCB right handers IPL stats vs slow left-arm bowling

Before getting too excited about the prospect of that match-up, it’s also worth remembering that Shakib was taken for 24 runs off the 2 overs he bowled in the reverse fixture early in the season with AB de Villiers, a man with a very good record overall against left-arm spin, dealing out some punishment.

Perhaps the biggest issue for RCB this year and one we hinted at during our preview of the season, is the lack of a genuine number 3. Kohli’s move to opener hasn’t really born any fruit yet and neither AB or Glenn Maxwell seems to be keen on moving up. The likes of Washington Sundar, Rajat Patidar and Shahbaz Ahmed have all been given a go but to date all 3 have looked out of their depth. We’ve heard for a while the idea that Sundar could be deployed as a pinch hitter but his stats in IPL 2021 so far suggest otherwise and he currently has the highest dot ball % of the tournament.

Highest bot ball % in IPL 2021

KKR’s main weapon in the powerplay this season has been the spin of Varun Chakravarthy who has 4 wickets in the opening 6 overs so far including that of Virat Kohli the last time these 2 teams met. If you were to pick a weakness for the India legend in the white ball format it would be against wrist spin and so I would expect that KKR will be keen to get Chakravarthy innvolved very early in this match.

Chakravarthy vs Kohli IPL head to head stats

One of KKR’s major weaknesses this year has been in finishing innings out with their bowlers collectively going at over 10 and a half an over at the death. We saw in their previous match that even with the likes of AB and Maxwell failing that this RCB batting line-up still packs a punch when Kyle Jamieson and Harshal Patel come out and gave it some long handle treatment. KKR will need to improve in that department to limit RCB in this fixture.

Bowling economy at the death

RCB bowling vs KKR batting

It’s been a tale of familiar problems at the top of the order for KKR in IPL 2021 and as we can see from the table above both Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana are eating up far too many dot balls in the powerplay. What’s worse is that at least as far as the last few games are concerned, neither man is then going on to make a significant score, instead heaping pressure on the middle order to up the ante from the start. They come up against the likes of Siraj, Jamieson and Sams in this game all of whom and been performing and all of whom present slightly different problems for the batting team.

RCB’s death bowling started off as a real strong suit but in recent matches has become a concern. Harshal Patel still holds the purple cap in 2021 but has gone for some big and ultimately match altering runs at the end of innings recently and it seemed like a very poor decision from Kohli to not bowl out Mohammed Siraj in the game against PBKS. Despite not having picked up the wickets of Harshal Patel, Siraj has been very impressive in restricting the scoring in the death.

Best bowling economy at the death

Of course if RCB get it wrong again in this match then KKR certainly have the players to cash in! Dre Russell has already shown some big hitting this season and KKR will certainly need him to do that 3 or 4 more times if they are to have any hope of a play-off finish. The big Jamaican’s head to head record against the struggling Chahal is also very impressive so perhaps KKR will be tempted to bring him in a little earlier than they have in previous games.

Chahal vs Russell IPL head to head stats

All IPL player head to head records can be found here

IPL 2021 PBKS vs DC Preview

Preview PBKS vs DC IPL 2021, Match 29, May 2nd, Narendra Modi Stadium. PBKS vs DC head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs DC.

Key match stats PBKS vs DC

Venue Stats – Narendra Modi Stadium

  • Average first innings: 160
  • Average first innings winning score: 171
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 47%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form PBKS vs DC preview

  • DC – WLWWW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, DC won by super over, PBKS won by 5 wickets
PBKS vs DC preview

PBKS were back to their mercurial selves in the win over RCB last time out. There were plenty of reasons for PBKS to be happy with the result in their previous match, not least of all the form of captain KL Rahul who is crucial to the team’s chances and the performance of Harpreet Baar who beyond his heroics with both bat and ball might be the player to help solve the problem of balance that the PBKS XI has missed all season.

Of course, you’d be a brave man to bet on PBKS repeating their performance against DC in this match. If recent seasons have shown us anything, it’s that Punjab are one of the least consistent sides in the IPL. Brilliant one moment and truly awful the next!

As for DC, they continue to wrack up the wins, with a very routine victory over KKR in their last outing. As we approach the half way point of the tournament it looks very much like the Capitals will be making another appearance in the playoffs and perhaps this time around they’ll be able to improve upon their runners up finish from last year…

PBKS vs DC head to head stats

PBKS bowling vs DC batting

PBKS have struggled to take wickets in the powerplay all season but they put up a very decent display in their last match against RCB with Riley Meredith and Mohammed Shami roughing up the likes of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Paddikal. To be honest, given the amount of money that PBKS spent on out and out fast bowlers it was nice to see them unleash a couple of quicks rather than relying on the very military medium Moise Henriques and part-time spin of Deepak Hooda.

We’ll need to wait for a fitness update on Meredith after he got cracked in the knee late on in the game on Friday and you’d fear that they quick turn around of matches for PBKS might mean he misses out.

Top powerplay scores of IPL 2021

PBKS will also be up against a DC top order that has been scoring for fun in the powerplay this year. They have the best average score in the powerplay in IPL 2021, are the only team averaging over 50 in the powerplay during IPL 2021, have the batsmen with the best strike rate in the powerplay (Prithvi Shaw S/R 187) and are one of only 2 teams to have scored 60 or more in a powerplay this season. In other words, PBKS have their work cut out for them if they hope to repeat Friday’s success!

Full IPL 2021 powerplay stats can be found here

Of course getting rid of Shikhar Dhawan cheaply is a top priority for any side at the moment and PBKS know all to well his threat after the century he scored the last time these 2 teams met. His head to head stats against the leader of the PBKS attack in Mohammed Shami are also very impressive.

Shami vs Dhawan IPL head to head stats

The Capitals also have plenty of fire power in their lower order with the likes of Stoinis and Hetmeyer looking to build on the starts being offered by the top order. In that respect, Marcus Stoinis has treated PBKS death bowling specialist Chris Jordan with utter distain in previous IPL encounters as demonstrated by the head to head stats below.

Jordan vs Stoinis IPL head to head stats

DC bowling vs PBKS batting

It goes without saying that a team’s captain and opening batsmen is going to be crucial to their chances of winning any match but in KL Rahul PBKS are almost entirely dependant on one man coming off in order to win. In fact, PBKS have only won 3 matches since the start of the 2020 IPL season in which KL Rahul didn’t score at least a half century and the below graphic shows “King Legend’s” average when PBKS win vs his average when they lose during the same period.

KL Rahul average when winning vs losing since IPL 2020

In terms of match-ups then DC may be tempted to open up with Axar Patel who has dismissed Rahul on a couple of occasions in previous IPL meetings. The prospect of opening with spin is increased if Mayank Agarwal is unfit to play again in this game, with Rahul’s partner in crime generally the aggressor against slow bowling in the powerplay.

Axar Patel vs KL Rahul IPL head to head stats

As noted above, the magnificent performance of Harpreet Baar in the game against PBKS must give them real hope that they have a player who can help to solve one of the side’s biggest issues which is the all-rounder spot at 7. In previous games, PBKS have played the likes of Richardson and Jordan in that role and while both have the ability to strike a long ball, number 7 looks at least a spot too high for both. Having such a long tail puts more pressure on a top order which as we’ve already discussed is crucial to PBKS’s chances in a match. While it’s a bit early to name Harpreet Baar the all-round messiah that PBKS have been waiting for, he is certainly an exciting prospect.

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