IPL 2021 CSK vs SRH Preview

Preview CSK vs SRH IPL 2021, Match 23, April 28th, Arun Jaitley Stadium. CSK vs SRH head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for CSK vs SRH.

Key match stats CSK vs SRH 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: 49% / 50%

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Team form CSK vs SRH preview

  • CSK – WWWWL
  • SRH – LWLLL
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, SRH won by 7 runs, CSK won by 20 runs
CSK vs SRH preview

Today’s preview of CSK vs SRH sees our first fixture of IPL 2021 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. SRH will be hoping that the change in venue will result in a shift in fortune as they come away from Chennai with just a solitary victory from their opening 5 matches, while for CSK the opposite is true, with the men in yellow coming off a 4 match winning streak in Mumbai. Such polar opposites form wise makes this a game of top vs bottom.

In our preview of IPL 2021 we had SRH down as one of the teams to watch out for but thus far they’ve been disappointing. They are usually a team that puts up excellent defensive stats with ball in hand but the Sunrisers have been off the boil in that regard and problems with their middle and lower order continue to persist. Ultimately their selection policy has also left a lot of people scratching their head with a continual chopping and changing of the playing XI suggesting that pre-tournament planning was either non-existent or quickly abandoned. There is still plenty of match winning quality in the SRH squad but it is a case of now or never if the Sunrisers want to continue their excellent record of qualifying for the playoffs.

As for CSK, they come into the match off the high of handing out a thrashing to RCB on Sunday with Ravi Jadeja putting in what many would argue is the single greatest all-round performance in the history of the IPL. Pre-tournament, Head Coach Stephen Flemming spoke about how he was looking forward to reinventing this CSK team from a side that has traditionally been good at grinding out results in home conditions to one that can compete in the neutral venues they’ve been forced to play at over the last couple of seasons. The end result is that CSK have now become arguably the most watchable team in IPL 2021!

CSK vs SRH head to head stats

CSK bowling vs SRH batting

As noted above, CSK have transformed themselves from an essentially defensive team into an attacking one for this season but that does leave them a little vulnerable in the bowling stakes at both ends of the innings.

As we can see from graph below, their bowling economy rate in the powerplay of 8.2 is higher than any other team. This stat is even more significant when you consider that CSK have played all 5 games to date at the Wankhede where powerplay scores in general have been lower than for those teams playing in Chennai.

CSK vs SRH Preview powerplay economy
Economy rate in the powerplay IPL 2021

For SRH, given their strength at the top of the order this is an area which they need to exploit if they are to win this match. As we’ve seen for the last few IPL seasons, at least one of Warner, Bairstow and Williamson will need to come off if the Sunrisers are to post a competitive total.

In regards the SRH top 3, David Warner knows this venue well from his time with the Delhi Daredevils but his overall record at the Arun Jaitely is not particularly strong when compared to the high standards he’s set across his IPL career.

CSK vs SRH Preview David Warner stats
Warner IPL stats at the Arun Jaitley Stadium

Meanwhile the likes of Bairstow (ave 48), Williamson (ave 107) and Pandey (ave 46) have all enjoyed previous visits to Delhi. In regards, Manish Pandey you would imagine that he will be recalled to the squad for this game. It was understandable that SRH wanted to introduce some left-handers into their middle order particularly on the slower decks in Chennai but Virat Singh looked woefully out of his depth at this level and in a tight game against The Capitals his scratchy innings ultimately cost them a win.

Head to head wise and to further highlight the importance of the powerplay mentioned above, CSK’s star performer with the ball has been Deepak Chahar with the swing on offer at the Wankhede making him a dangerous proposition. To date he has taken just 2 wickets from 2 IPL games at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and his head to head stats against the SRH top 3 show that while he’s been economical, he’s lacked penetration.

CSK vs SRH Preview head to head Chahar
Chahar vs SRH head to head stats

SRH bowling vs CSK batting

While a lot of attention will go to the finish that CSK achieved with the bat in their last match, it’s worth noting how good their opening pair have been in recent games. Du Plessis and Gaikwand started IPL 2021 slowly but have gradually been building up form and runs to get a strong looking CSK batting unit off to excellent starts. Moeen Ali missed the game against RCB with a slight niggle and given the performance of the team on Sunday he might suddenly find it difficult to win his place back despite his excellent form at number 3!

CSK vs SRH Preview Raina stats
Raina IPL record at the Arun Jaitley Stadium

If Suresh Raina does continue at number 3 then CSK at least have a very experienced player who has enjoyed batting at this venue in the past. As the endless TV highlights continue to show, Raina doesn’t like the short ball but the Arun Jaitely pitch is unlikely to be particularly quick and the SRH bowling attack lacks anyone to really unsettled the left-hander.

CSK vs SRH Preview IPL run scorers
All time IPL run scorers

In the head to head stakes, there is also a fun bit of by-play in the all-time IPL run scorers charts with Raina currently holding onto 2nd place but being closed down by 3 opening batsmen in Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and his opponent in today’s match David Warner. Who will be number 2 by the end of the end of IPL 2021?

CSK vs SRH Preview death overs run rate
Run rate at the death IPL 2021

While CSK have been brilliant at the death all season as shown in the graph above by their superior run rate during the last 5 overs, I do wonder what role Dhoni has in this Super Kings batting unit? The captain and great finisher has faced 47% dot balls in IPL 2021 and his promotion up the order is starving opportunities for the likes of Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo both of who are scoring at a strike rate of over 200 at the death. If we look at his head to head stats vs SRH we see that he’s been brilliant against Buvi, one of the best IPL death bowlers of all time, but is he capable of delivering those kind of performances anymore?

CSK vs SRH Preview head to head Buvi Dhoni
Buvi vs Dhoni IPL head to head stats

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IPL 2021 DC vs RCB Preview

Preview DC vs RCB IPL 2021, Match 22, April 27th, Narendra Modi Stadium. DC vs RCB head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for DC vs RCB.

Key match stats DC vs RCB preview

Venue Stats – Narendra Modi Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 171
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 50% / 42%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form DC vs RCB preview

  • DC – WWWLW
  • RCB – LWWWW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, DC won by 59 runs, DC won by 6 wickets
DC vs RCB preview

As we preview DC vs RCB, it really feels like the games are coming thick and fast in this IPL 2021 tournament. Both teams are coming off the back of gruelling matches on Sunday with DC needing a super over to beat the Sunrisers and RCB’s 100% record evaporating (along with a large amount of sweat) in the heat of a day time game in Mumbai. We hope then that those exertions plus the fact that the teams have had to travel and set up in a new Covid secure bubble won’t impact what should otherwise be a fascinating fixture between 2 of the early favourites for the title.

DC will certainly come into the game full of confidence with 3 wins in a row under their belt including 2 really good scraps against tough opposition at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The Capitals will also be able to draw upon the fact that they comfortably defeated RCB twice in last year’s IPL and they’ll be keen to extend that run against a team they could well end up facing during the playoffs, if not the final itself.

For RCB, the run of wins had to end sometime and I’m sure that the experienced heads in the squad will take a similarly pragmatic view of Sunday’s defeat against the Super Kings. At the 19 over point of CSK’s innings, RCB would probably feel they were in control of the game but then … It’s the nature of T20 cricket that overs like that will happen every so often and I’m sure RCB will be keen to bounce back vs DC today.

I’m writing this preview before the opening match has taken place at the Narendra Modi Stadium so we’ll have to wait and see what the conditions are like. Suffice to say that both teams have the advantage of a smattering of international stars who featured in T20 series between India and England so the venue which hasn’t been used to host an IPL fixture for some 6 years, won’t be completely alien to them.

DC vs RCB head to head stats

DC bowling vs RCB batting

A quick look then at RCB’s batsmen who have played at the Narendra Modi Stadium before does show that Kohli and de Villiers have enjoyed previous IPL matches at this venue, albeit some time ago. By coincidence both players have scored 62 runs here with Kohli yet to be dismissed and AB having been out just the once.

Previewing this game, you would think that the big head to head would be Rabada vs the likes of Kohli, Maxwell and de Villiers. However, the South African speedster is yet to really find his rhythm in IPL 2021 and you could argue that it was his poor last over in the previous game that required DC to go to the super over in the first place. Rabada does have very good stats against this much vaunted RCB battin unit but we wait to see if he can improve upon them given his current form

DC vs RCB head to head Rabada
Rabada head to head vs RCB’s top 5

Of course, it could just be a case of Rabada pinning for a reunion with his South African colleague Anrich Nortje that is prompting his dip in form. The performances of the likes of Avesh Khan and Amit Mishra have ensured that Nortje hasn’t been missed to date but we saw that England’s out and out pacers were successful on this pitch against India and as such we may yet see a recall for the RSA quick in this match particularly given the 5 wickets he took against RCB in last year’s IPL

DC vs RCB head to head Nortje
Nortje’s head to head stats vs RCB in IPL 2020

One big head to head match up in favour of RCB has always been Ashwin vs Kohli with the world’s number 1 red ball spinner having only managed to dismiss his international captain once over an extended IPL career. Perhaps this is why Ashwin doesn’t get a look into India’s T20 side?

DC vs RCB head to head Ashwin Kohli
Ashwin vs Kohli IPL head to head record

Assuming that the Narendra Modi isn’t a slow turning dust bowl like the pitches of Chennai then DC will have a difficult decision to make as to whether to keep their 3 pronged spin attack and if they do opt for a little more firepower, which spinner might they drop?

RCB bowling vs DC batting

In my mind at least, Mohammed Siraj has been one of if not the best bowler on show in IPL 2021 across all phases of the game. He’s kept it tight up front and taken wickets in the powerplay as well as being effective at the back end of an innings without quite picking up the bonus wickets that Harshal Patel has managed. Coming into this match he also has a very good head to head record against the DC top 3.

DC vs RCB head to head Siraj
Siraj head to head stats vs DC top 3

Indeed, stopping the DC powerplay train will be crucial for RCB in this match with Dhawan the current orange cap wearer and Prithvi Shaw having a better strike rate than any other top order batsmen in IPL 2021.

As far as DC are concerned, they’ve generally opted to play the extra batsman in their last couple of matches which has required them to use 3 of their overseas slots. Again, unless we get to the Narendra Modi and discover it too is going to be a pitch that is hard to score on then I’d imagine that it will be a choice between Smith and Hetmyer as to who gets picked with Marcus Stoinis reverting to more of a batting allrounder role.

DC vs RCB preview Hetmyer IPL

In regards Hetmyer, I’ve always had the impression that he is little more than just a haircut and a flashy pair of trainers and his performances to date for DC have done little to convince me otherwise. Granted, he doesn’t always get a long period at the crease particularly given the form of DC’s top order over the last couple of seasons but 15 matches into his Capitals career and it’s difficult to remember him really influencing a game for them! Of course, in this match (if he plays) he’d come up against his former employers and the only IPL team he has scored a 50 for in two and a half seasons of trying.

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IPL 2021 PBKS vs KKR Preview

Preview PBKS vs KKR IPL 2021, Match 19, April 26th, Narendra Modi Stadium. PBKS vs KKR head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs KKR.

Key match stats PBKS vs KKR preview

Venue Stats – Narendra Modi Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 171
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 50% / 42%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form PBKS vs KKR preview

  • PBKS – WLLLW
  • KKR – LLLLW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, KKR won by 2 runs, PBKS won by 8 wickets
PBKS vs KKR preview

PBKS vs KKR represents the first preview away from original 2 venues that have been used for the opening few weeks of the IPL 2021 tournament with this fixture set to take place at the newly built Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It’s been some 6 years since an IPL fixture took place here and of course the stadium itself has undergone something of a transformation to become the largest capacity cricket venue in the world, although that will count for very little in Covid times.

PBKS come into this fixture riding the wave of a resounding victory over champions Mumbai Indians in their last match. Following a couple of heavy defeats earlier in the tournament that really was a much needed 2 points underlined by the fact that the PBKS bench celebrated the victory as if they’d won the tournament outright! I’m still not particularly convinced by the balance of the team they played and i’ll get stuck into the MI performance in that match in their next preview but from a PBKS perspective a win is a win and given the form of their opponents in this match they’ll hope to follow it up with another 2 points here to put themselves right in the mix for a 4th place finish.

We mentioned in our last preview of KKR just how slipshod the side had looked in all departments in their defeat against CSK and the match against RR at the weekend saw no improvement with poor fielding, lackadaisical batting and comedy run outs all thrown in for good measure against an opposition that had just been beaten by 10 wickets! All in all then, things aren’t looking good for the Knight Riders and I very much doubt that the short turn around in games or indeed the fact that they’ve had to travel during that 48 hour period will have done much to help them in their preparation for the game vs PBKS.

PBKS vs KKR head to head stats

PBKS bowling vs KKR batting

PBKS spent a rather large sum of money during the IPL auction on bringing in pace bowlers Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith to add some firepower up front but in the last match opted to open the bowling with Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda who between them bowled 5 overs in the powerplay.

We saw in the T20i series at the Narendra Modi Stadium that it very much depends on the soil type in the pitch used as to whether the seamers will get any assistance early on so we wait to see whether either of the Aussie quicks might get a recall here. India in particular found success on this wicket by bowling off pace deliveries into the pitch – a tactic that Mohammed Shami performed well in PBKS’s previous game! Below is Shami’s head to head record vs KKR’s top scorer from their previous game Rahul Tripathi.

PBKS vs KKR head to head Shami Tripathi
Shami vs Tripathi IPL head to head record

We’ll once again highlight the shocking form of KKR captain Eoin Morgan who was run out without facing a ball last time out. I guess you might say that things can only get better from there but in this game he comes up against Ravi Bisnoi who dismissed him twice in last year’s IPL.

PBKS vs KKR head to head Bisnoi Morgan
Bisnoi vs Morgan IPL head to head record

Speaking of Bisnoi, it was great to see him finally get a game in IPL 2021 and following a very good effort by the young wrist spinner against MI we surely won’t see PBKS make the mistake of leaving him out again any time soon!

KKR bowling vs PBKS batting

We’ll probably continue to say this throughout the entirety of our IPL 2021 previews but when PBKS get off to a good start then they are always in with a chance of winning. KL Rahul, Agarwal and Gayle all played their part in the 9 wicket victory last time out and they’ll be key again to ensuring PBKS get sufficient runs on the board against KKR.

In that respect, the evergreen Harbhajan Singh does have a very good head to head record against the PBKS top order and if it does look like a slower, turning wicket then KKR may well opt to revert to using Singh in the powerplay as they did for their opening 3 fixtures of IPL 2021.

PBKS vs KKR head to head
Harbhajan vs PBKS top order IPL head to head stats

The key in this match for KKR will surely be to get into the PBKS middle order as early as possible. Aside from the a wonderful cameo from Deepak Hooda in their opening game and a backs to wall knock from Shahrukh Khan, none of the PBKS guys outside the top 3 have spent significant time at the crease.

In that respect, Sunil Narine has done a pretty decent job in the middle overs for KKR since coming into the team and his head to head stats against the PBKS middle order are also impressive.

PBKS vs KKR head to head Narine middle order
Narine vs PBKS middle order head to head stats

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IPL 2021 SRH vs DC Preview

Preview SRH vs DC IPL 2021, Match 19, April 26th, MA Chidambaram Stadium. SRH vs DC head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for SRH vs DC.

Key match stats SRH vs DC preview

Venue Stats – MA Chidambaram Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 173
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 60% / 38%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form SRH vs DC preview

  • SRH – WLLL
  • DC – WWLW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, SRH won by 15 runs, SRH won by 88 runs, DC won by 17 runs
SRH vs DC preview IPL 2021

Here we preview the game between SRH and DC that is a repeat of last season’s eliminator playoff. DC came out on top in that match but SRH can point to the fact that they had defeated the Capitals twice during the round robin stage.

Coming into this match, SRH finally got their points tally up and running with a fairly comfortable victory of PBKS. Many people’s dark horses for the IPL title this year will want to keep the momentum running from that win and equally hope that they have finally found a formula and balance to the side to win games on a regular basis. Having Kane Williamson fit and available is a clear advantage to any team not just because of his batting but because of his significance to the leadership group at SRH. Add to that the fact that Jonny Bairstow is finally back in his preferred spot at the top of the order and you do get the sense that while it has taken a little longer than they would have hoped SRH do now have the makings of an XI to begin challenging for a playoff spot.

Meanwhile DC can be very pleased with their win over Mumbai Indians in their last game not least of all because of the wretched run of results they had suffered against the champions but also because they managed to adapt to the pitch conditions in Chennai without too many problems. DC know that a win in this fixture would guarantee them a move up the table given that the top 2 play each other earlier in the day and you can bet that this is a position they’ll be looking to maintain come the end of the season.

SRH vs DC head to head stats

SRH bowling vs DC batting

DC can rightly claim to have the most productive opening partnership in the IPL this season so SRH will be keen to get one if not both of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw out early. While much of the attention has gone on Dhawan due to his consistent run scoring, it’s also worth noting the importance of Shaw to this partnership. The young right hander plays the more aggressive role during the powerplay, allowing Dhawan time to build and accelerate later on. While Shaw might not come off in every match he certainly doesn’t waste many balls finding out, as his powerplay strike rate below shows.

SRH vs DC powerplay strike rate
Prithvi Shaw has the highest powerplay strike rate in IPL 2021

However, coming into this game he is likely to face 2 opening bowlers who have a very good IPL head to head record against him in the form of Buvi Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed both of whom have dismissed him twice before in the IPL.

SRH vs DC head to head Prithvi Shaw
Ahmed and Kumar vs Shaw IPL head to head record

I’m sure DC would love to get captain Rishabh Pant into some form as well although I guess they can at least be content that they are winning games without one of their most powerful strikers. The left hander can point to a good head to head record against a couple of the SRH bowlers and in particular vs Kumar who he has scored against freely in past encounters.

SRH vs DC head to head Kumar Pant
Buvi vs Pant IPL head to head record

DC bowling vs SRH batting

The big head to head up front will of course be Rabada vs Warner, a contest that transcends the IPL and really sparked to life in the bad tempered 2018 Test series between South Africa and Australia which of course ultimately lead to David Warner missing a year of cricket. Last season, Warner got after Rabada in one of the round robin matches but Rabada had the last laugh dismissing the Sunrisers captain with his first ball of the eliminator match as DC booked their place in the final.

SRH vs DC head to head Rabada Warner
Rabada vs Warner IPL head to head record

DC’s spinners did the job against Mumbai Indians in their last fixture at this venue but SRH will be hoping that in Kane Williamson they have a batsman who will offer a little more resistance. None of the spinners on DC’s roster including the likes of Ashwin, Mishra and Axar Patel have ever dismissed Williamson in the IPL.

SRH vs DC head to head Williamson
DC spinners vs Williamson IPL head to head record

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IPL 2021 CSK vs RCB Preview

Preview CSK vs RCB IPL 2021, Match 18, April 25th, Wankhede Stadium. CSK vs RCB head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for CSK vs RCB.

Key match stats CSK vs RCB preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 167
  • Average first innings winning score: 175
  • Average powerplay score: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form CSK vs RCB preview

  • CSK – WWWL
  • RCB – WWWW
  • Recent meetings: IPL 2020, RCB won by 37 runs, CSK won by 8 wickets
CSK vs RCB preview IPL 2021

Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this preview to CSK vs RCB would be a battle between the top 2? While not completely out of the realms of possibility, a lot of people were writing off CSK’s chances in IPL 2021 before a ball had even been bowled. However, as we pointed out in our analysis of the odds on finishing in the top 4 , CSK are not only a very experienced playing squad but they have a very strong coaching and management group to back them up.

What that think tank behind the scenes has done is reinvented the way that CSK go about playing T20 cricket. They must be watching the likes of Mumbai Indians struggling to come to terms with the conditions at their home venue and chuckling given the way that Stephen Flemming, MS Dhoni and co. have rejigged the Super Kings squad to adapt to the pitches at the Wankhede. They are far from the perfect squad but CSK have found a new style that is getting them the necessary results so far in IPL 2021.

Of course this match will be a real test of how far the side has come against an all conquering RCB team that barely had to break sweat to beat the Royals last time out. I’d expect a much more competitive game here on Sunday but CSK are going to have to continue to perform at their peak if they are to be the first team to take points from an encounter with RCB in IPL 2021.

CSK vs RCB head to head stats

CSK bowling vs RCB batting

The head to head of CSK vs RCB has always been billed as Dhoni vs Kohli or at least from an Indian captaincy point of view the master vs his apprentice and this fixture will be no different. Captain Dhoni has made a career out of subtle bowling changes and finding the right match-ups to thwart specific batsmen so we wait to see what he might have up his sleeve for an RCB batting line-up that is in red hot form!

CSK vs RCB head to head Jadeja Maxwell
Jadeja vs Maxwell IPL head to head record

One head to head that CSK are undoubtedly aware of will be that of Ravi Jadeja vs Glenn Maxwell with the left armer all over the Aussie in previous encounters. The Wankhede hasn’t exactly been a spinners paradise and yet Jadeja and Moeen Ali have managed to pick up 6 wickets between them so far and had a significantly greater impact on games than any other slow bowlers on this surface.

Of course the head to head at the top of the order that everyone will be keen to see is Deepak Chahar vs Kohli and Padikkal with all 3 players having strong starts to IPL 2021. Chahar must wish that he can take these conditions with him for every T20 match he plays in and when the balls swings and pitch offers a bit of movement then he is a threat in the powerplay.

CSK vs RCB de villiers strike rate at the death
Best strike rate at the death IPL 2021

CSK opted to bring in Ngidi for Bravo in their last match and that looked to have been a wise choice when KKR were 5 down in no time. However, CSK looked a little short of options later on in the innings and they come up against an RCB side and a player in AB de Villiers in particular that are accelerating the score in the death overs almost at will. AB has the 2nd highest strike during the last 5 over of IPL 2021 matches to date but it should be noted that he has achieved that from multiple innings (Samson’s runs all came against PBKS) and from a standing start given that he is usually batting at 4 or 5.

RCB bowling vs CSK batting

CSK will be pleased with the opening stand that they got from du Plessis and Gaikwand in their match vs KKR last time out. Gaikwand in particular had looked in very scratchy form prior to that match and they’ll be looking for the pair to kick on and lay another solid platform in this fixture.

CSK vs RCB run rate at the death
CSK have been scoring at more than 2 a ball in the last 5 overs in IPL 2021

RCB have given a good account of themselves with the ball in general during IPL 2021 but it is their death bowling that has excelled so far and in this match they come up against the team who have scored more freely during the last 5 overs than any other team this season. Much of that is of course a result of playing at the Wankhede but this looks set to be a great contest all the same.

Harshal Patel has been the chief architect of those defensive efforts at the death and he sits a top the leading wicket takers table, 3 clear of anyone else in IPL 2021. Given his head to head record against the batsmen that CSK have used so far this season, he might fancy adding a couple more wickets to his already impressive haul.

CSK vs RCB head to head Harshal Patel
Patel vs CSK batsmen used in IPL 2021

Leg spinner Chahal has struggled to get amongst the wickets so far in IPL 2021 but perhaps the greatest indication of the overall improvement in RCB as a bowling unit is that he hasn’t needed to! In previous seasons, he’s been the go to man for Kohli to get a break through but the skipper now has plenty of options at his dispossal to the extent that Chahal didn’t even bowl out in the win against the Royals. Still if he is needed then his head to head vs Suresh Raina is impressive.

CSK vs RCB head to head Chahal Raina
Chahal vs Raina IPL head to head

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IPL 2021 RR vs KKR Preview

Preview RR vs KKR IPL 2021, Match 17, April 24th, Wankhede Stadium. RR vs KKR head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for RR vs KKR.

Key match stats RR vs KKR preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 167
  • Average first innings winning score: 175
  • Average powerplay score: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form RR vs KKR preview

  • RR – LLWL
  • KKR – LLLW
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, KKR won by 37 runs, KKR won by 60 runs
IPL 2021 RR vs KKR preview

With every IPL team having played 4 matches we can be confident when writing these previews of which direction certain teams are heading in and unfortunately for RR and KKR it appears to be towards the bottom half of the table.

Rajasthan have just 48 hours to pick themselves up and dust themselves down following the 10 wicket mauling that was handed out to them by RCB. That match really did look like a case of men vs boys at times and it’s difficult to see how the Royals will be able to recover in order to push higher up the table. Indeed, from what we’ve seen so far in IPL 2021 it does very much look like the top 3 from last year will be battling it out at the summit of the table while everyone else scraps for 4th. In that regard, this is a must win match for both RR and KKR.

KKR too find themselves with just a single victory from their opening 4 games of IPL 2021. You might say that they’ve played well enough in a couple more games to deserve a greater points tally and of course 2 of their defeats have come against those top 3 sides so they’ve every chance of turning things around if they can find some form against the chasing pack.

It was a superb rearguard against CSK that almost pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in IPL history earlier in the week but the fact that KKR got themselves into such a dire position is probably the fact that is worth focusing more on. They were shambolic in the field at times, giving up at least 20 easy runs to their opponents and then of course their top order came out and played like headless chickens. Most worrying of all was some of the body language from the KKR players suggested that all is not right in the camp. They need to come out fast in this fixture and put a poor RR side in their place if they are to have any chance of making 4th place.

RR vs KKR head to head player stats

RR bowling vs KKR batting head to head

A few of the Royals bowlers have been punching above their weight recently particularly on the batsmen friendly surfaces of the Wankhede Stadium and you felt that it was only a matter of time before that lack of penetration in their attack was exposed to its fullest extent.

KKR started with a few of their top order in very good form and in their most recent match we finally saw some of their power hitters come to the party. The question now is, can they put together a complete batting display to blow this RR side out of the water?

Morris vs Russell and Karthik head to head IPL records

Chris Morris has a good head to head record against the kind of players that you’d expect him to have good stats against, namely late order hitters and left handed batsmen so he might well be key to stopping the likes of Nitish Rana (he’s dimissed him twice in previous IPL encounters) as well as Dre Russell and Dinesh Karthik who both found form against CSK.

KKR handed out a couple of convincing wins against RR last season with only Jofra Archer standing in the way of even heavier defeats. With him out of the picture, their must be a few KKR batsmen licking their lips at the prospect of facing this Royals attack with one man in particular, captain Eoin Morgan, in desperate need of runs. The good news for Morgan is that his head to head record vs RR is very good, with the Irishman carrying his bat in both fixtures in IPL 2020.

Morgan head to head vs the current RR IPL squad

It goes without saying that when your side has lost 3 on the bounce and your personal form is poor, that you will come under some pressure as the skipper. Add to that, the slack play of KKR in general against CSK as noted above and Morgan really needs to start leading from the front.

KKR bowling vs RR batting

Another KKR man who also enjoyed himself against RR last season, with Pat Cummins ripping through the Royals bowling line-up on his way to 4 for 34 the last time these 2 sides met. There is a real fragility to this RR batting line-up at the moment and you fear that if the don’t front up to the Aussie and his colleagues early on then a few bowlers might fancy boosting their stats in this fixture.

As usual the key match-up will be against Sanju Samson. Samson seems like a lovely guy, always smiling and positive but if his side keeps getting beaten off the park and he continues to fail at number 3 then it might be difficult to maintain that smile across the span of what could be a long season. Sunil Narine played his first match of IPL 2021 in KKR’s last outing and was arguably their best bowler. His head to head record vs Samson is also impressive.

Narine vs Samson IPL head to head record

Another Englishman in need of finding some form is Jos Buttler who just seems to have lost his way a little in white ball cricket over the last few months. A brilliant piece of bowling from Ravi Jadeja ended what might have been a match winning innings against CSK but aside from that the right hander has looked a bit fidgety at the top of the order. His stats against KKR are pretty decent with the below graphic showing his head to head record vs all bowlers used by KKR in IPL 2021.

Buttler head to head records against all KKR bowlers used in IPL 2021

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IPL 2021 PBKS vs MI Preview

Preview PBKS vs MI IPL 2021, Match 16, April 23rd, MA Chidambaram Stadium. PBKS vs MI head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs MI.

Key match stats PBKS vs MI preview

Venue Stats – MA Chidambaram Stadium

  • Average first innings: 164
  • Average first innings winning score: 173
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 62% / 37%

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Team form PBKS vs MI preview

  • PBKS – LLLW
  • MI – LWWL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, MI won by 48 runs, PBKS won by Super Over
IPL 2021 PBKS vs MI preview

The situation for PBKS is looking pretty bleak coming into this match, 3 straight defeats that have involved a couple of batting collapses and no real sense of cohesion in their plans with ball in hand suggest that this is likely to be another frustrating season that’ll see them miss out on the top 4 again.

The defeat to SRH just a couple of days ago further highlighted the problems PBKS have balancing their team, particularly on pitches such as those that we are seeing at MA Chidambaram Stadium. I have to say that their team selection on Wednesday looked like one of hope rather than expectation that they’d get a result at this venue and it’s difficult to see how they’ll turn things around in the space of just 48 hours. From a personal point of view, it might be nice to see the 2 England players get a game and surely the continued failures of West Indies duo Pooran and Gayle can’t go unnoticed for much longer.

As for MI, they really rather self-destructed in their match against DC. I wonder if given their recent record against the Capitals it was as much a matter of over confidence after their fast start but given what we’ve seen before at MA Chidambaram Stadium it certainly seemed naive of their middle order to expect that they’d just be able to keep on hitting as the wickets began to tumble. 15 more runs in that first innings would probably have put them ahead of the game and with Rahul Chahar looking dangerous in the middle overs and then Bumrah and Boult to finish, no score is too small to defend for them albeit that their batsmen could really try helping out a little bit more!

PBKS vs MI head to head player stats

PBKS bowling vs MI batting head to head

MI’s tactics on this pitch have been to come out hard in the powerplay and that is almost certainly the right way to go albeit that they have become reckless during the middle over periods at times and failed to have one of their top order go on bat through the majority of the innings. You can bet that they’ll be looking to rectify that this time around and they come up against a PBKS team that is leaking runs in the powerplay and struggling to get wickets at the same time.

Mumbai Indians run rate in the powerplay IPL 2021Punjab Kings bowling economy in the powerplay IPL 2021
8.008.50
Powerplay stats IPL 2021

The economy rate for PBKS is a particularly damning stat considering that they’ve played 3 games at the Wankhede where the majority of teams have found it harder going early on in their innings.

PBKS vs MI de kock stats
de Kock IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium

We noted in our season preview for MI that Quinton de Kock was not likely to enjoy batting in Chennai and so it has proved with the South African left-hander struggling with the slower pace. If there is any consolation for de Kock in this match, it’s that he comes up against a bowling attack low on confidence and of course, he’ll get to try his luck on a different wicket after this game!

Head to head wise, Mohammed Shami can at least point to the fact that he has a good record against the 2 Pandya brothers neither of whom has managed to have much of an impact on previous IPL 2021 fixtures with the bat.

PBKS vs MI head to head Shami Pandya
Shami vs Pandya brother IPL head to head stats

Indeed PBKS’s best chance in this match will be to take early wickets and put an underperforming MI middle and lower order under pressure.

MI bowling vs PBKS batting head to head

The MI bowling attack is being brilliantly lead by their 2 frontline seamers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. Sides seem happy to simply survive against Bumrah at both ends of the innings with his economy rate in the powerplay the best in IPL 2021 as things stands and his death overs economy rate only bettered by teammate Boult and RCB’s Harshal Patel.

Bumrah economy in the powerplay5.0
Bumrah economy at the death7.13
Boult economy at the death7.06

MI’s champion bowler also has a very favourable record against 2 of the PBKS batsmen. Agarwal has played a couple of great little cameos at the top of the order but has been dismissed 3 times by Bumrah in just 10 balls. MI have tended to hold Bumrah back until the end of the powerplay and then again for 2 overs at the death. Given the fragility of the PBKS batting line-up and the favourable head to head stats, you wonder if they might be inclined to go for the jugular early in this match.

PBKS vs MI head to head Bumrah Agarwal
Bumrah vs Agarwal IPL head to head stats

Nicolas Pooran’s current poor run of form is probably 2nd only to the calamitous efforts we saw from Aussie Ashton Turner a couple of seasons ago. 3 ducks in 4 innings puts his place in the side under considerable pressure and we’ll see how long the PBKS hierarchy opt to pin their hopes on the left-hander coming good eventually. Once again Bumrah has a good head to head record agains him having dismissed him twice from just just 8 balls but the West Indian’s forfeit has always been attacking the spinners and in that regard he has a good head to head record against Chahar and Krunal Pandya. Whether he can do that again in these conditions and considering his wretched form remains to be seen…

PBKS vs MI head to head Pooran spin
Chahar and Krunal vs Pooran IPL head to head stats

You may as well copy and paste this next comment into any preview of a PBKS game in IPL 2021 as it goes without saying that the performance of KL Rahul will be crucial to his team’s chances. The PBKS captain has very good head to head stats vs MI and he’ll need to lead from the front again in this fixture.

PBKS vs MI head to head KL Rahul
MI IPL 2021 bowlers vs KL Rahul head to head stats

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IPL 2021 RCB vs RR Preview

Preview RCB vs RR IPL 2021, Match 15, April 22nd, Wankhede Stadium. RCB vs RR head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for RCB vs RR.

Key match stats RCB vs RR preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 167
  • Average first innings winning score: 173
  • Average powerplay score: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

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Team form RCB vs RR preview

  • RCB – WWW
  • RR – LWL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, RCB won by 8 wickets, RCB won by 7 wickets
IPL 2021 RCB vs RR preview

RCB come into this match riding the wave of 3 straight victories on the difficult spinning tracks of Chennai and come up against a Royals side that has struggled for consistency in both disciplines. While it’s a little bit early to talk about playoff places, RCB know that a 4th win would probably take them to half the points required to make the final 4 with 10 matches still to play. Equally, having put together such a good start, Kohli’s team will be desperate to reach the top 2 and take the easier route to the final. To do so will mean dispatching tonight’s opposition with relative ease.

The Royals squad had a few holes in it before the tournament began but as they are now being beset by injuries to key players they really do look a little short on quality when compared to the majority of other franchise in IPL 2021 and you do fear that this could be quite a long season for the men in pink.

RCB’s recent form has been based off some remarkable efforts at the back end of innings. Harshal Patel has an economy rate of under a run a ball at the death, the best of any bowler to have bowled 20 or more deliveries in the last 5 overs. While AB de Villiers has made hitting in the final phase of the game look easy despite everyone else struggling to do so in Chennai. Of course as we move onto Wankhede where runs have flowed far more easily at the death, then we wait to see what RCB might be able to achieve with their powerful middle order. See full death over stats for IPL 2021

Average run rate in the last 5 overs by team in IPL 2021
RCB and RR have been scoring freely in the final 5 overs of matches but RCB having been doing it on a pitch where all other teams have been below the overall average run rate at the death in IPL 2021
RCB vs RR head to head player stats

RCB bowling vs RR batting

RCB have deployed 3 spinners in their opening 3 games of the tournament but it’s likely that they will tweak that balance against the Royals given that the slower bowlers have generally struggled to make an impact at the Wankhede. Indeed, RCB went into their last game with just 3 overseas players but they may look to bring back one of the Australia duo of Dan Christian or Daniel Sams to bolster their bowling options today.

Unfortunately for the Royals, new captain Sanju Samson seems to have settled into a familiar routine of brilliance one day followed by abject failures for the next few matches. Given the aforementioned injury crisis, the Royals really need their main man to deliver on a more consistent basis and in this game he comes up against something of a nemesis in the form of RCB’s Chahal.

Chahal Samson IPL head to head stats
Chahal vs Samson IPL head to head record

In fact, none of the Royals batsmen can point to having particularly good head to head records against the RCB bowling attack but one of the other key contests will of course involve Jos Buttler. The opener did find some form in the previous match against CSK before a brilliant piece of bowling from Ravi Jadeja ended Buttler’s innings and the Royals hopes of chasing down the total. Casting our minds back to last month, there was a fairly heated exchange between Kohli and Buttler during one of the T20i matches so we’ll wait to see if that has calmed down in the intervening period but even if it has you can bet that RCB will go hard at the England star who alongside Samson is really the Royals only hope.

RR bowling vs RCB batting

Kohli’s move to open for RCB hasn’t thus far paid dividends on a personal level albeit that his side has won their opening 3 games. However, the star batsman has an excellent record at the Wankhede as shown below and might just be ready to begin moving up the scoring charts with a big innings here

Kohli IPL stats at the Wankhede
Kohli IPL stats at the Wankhede

Of course if you are facing the Royals at the moment then the real question to ask is how do you match-up against left-arm bowling because RR have played 3 of them in their last couple of games.

BatsmanAverage vs left arm fast mediumStrike rate vs left arm fast medium
D Padikkal30.0142.9
V Kohli24.9132.7
AB de Villiers49.8167.1
G Maxwell30.5160.5
RCB primary batsmen records vs LFM in the IPL

As we can see, Kohli’s head to head record against left-armers in the IPL is pretty poor compared to his career stats and RR will be desperate to continue that trend in this fixture.

Shreyas Gopal is a man who has caused RCB all sorts of trouble in IPL meetings between these 2 in previous years. Given his head to head record against Kohli (3 dismissals) and de Villiers (4 dismissals), might RR consider recalling him for this match?

Gopal head to head stats vs RCB
Gopal vs Kohl and ABD IPL head to head records

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IPL 2021 KKR vs CSK Preview

Preview KKR vs CSK IPL 2021, Match 15, April 21st, Wankhede Stadium. KKR vs CSK head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions KKR vs CSK.

Key match stats KKR vs CSK preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 167
  • Average first innings winning score: 173
  • Average powerplay score: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

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Team form KKR vs CSK preview

  • KKR – LLW
  • CSK – WWL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, KKR won by 10 runs, CSK won by 6 wickets
IPL 2021 KKR vs CSK preview

As we preview KKR vs CSK in IPL 2021 it’s tempting to dream of a finish like the one we saw the last time these 2 sides met. In that match Ravi Jadeja smashed 2 sixes of the final 2 balls to hand CSK a thrilling win, could we see something similar here again?

KKR are certainly in need of a victory. After a good start to the IPL 2021 campaign they have come undone against a couple of very good sides in MI and RCB. Their strength has been in the powerplay with both bat and ball. KKR are scoring at a run rate just a shade under 8.5 in the powerplay, the 2nd best rate so far and the best of any team who played their first 3 games on the slower decks of Chennai. Nitish Rana is in great form and he is receiving support from Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi enabling the Knight Riders to get off to fast starts.

Average runs per over in the powerplay for all teams in IPL 2021

Then with ball in hand, they also have the 2nd best economy rate during the powerplay, thanks in general to their spinners who have been asked to do the lions share of bowling in the first 6 overs.

Bowling economy rate in the powerplay for each team in IPL 2021

So far however, things have unravelled towards the back end of the innings which in part is due to the problems that almost everyone (expect for AB de Villiers) has found scoring late on at the MA Chidambaram Stadium but is also symptomatic of a middle order of Morgan, Karthik and Russell that is yet to fire. Moving onto the Wankhede, we see sides scoring an average of 65 runs during the final 5 overs so KKR will need to significantly improve upon their current returns in that department if they are to break their losing streak.

In almost complete contrast, CSK have by far the lowest run rate in the powerplay. Gaikwand in particular looks woefully short of form and while Faf du Plessis did manage a short cameo in their last outing it has generally been left to CSK’s middle order to accelerate their scoring after the completition of the first 6 overs.

During the death overs (last 5) CSK have really come into their own both with bat and ball as the graphics below demonstrate.

Average run rate in the last 5 overs by team in IPL 2021
Average bowling economy rate at the death by team in IPL 2021

Full powerplay and death overs stats for IPL 2021 to date can be found on the links.

All in all then, this should be a fascinating game with both sides looking to dominate during different periods and KKR having to come to terms with an entirely different surface.

KKR vs CSK head to head player stats

KKR bowling vs CSK batting

We wait to see how KKR might alter both their bowling attack and the way that they’ve been deployed. We could well see one of the young Indian quicks in Nagarkoti or Shivam Mavi replace Harbajhan Singh in the starting XI while Pat Cummins is more likely to play his part in the powerplay in these favourable conditions.

In regards match-ups, much has been made in recent games about Suresh Raina’s discomfort against the short-ball which of course is hardly news. However, Andre Russel, who is certainly the kind of bowler who could upset Raina, does have a favourable record against the left-hander and on these bouncier pitches we may see Dre employed for more than just for a couple of overs at the end of an innings.

KKR vs CSK preview Russell Raina
Russell vs Raina IPL head to head record

CSK bowling vs KKR batting

Perhaps the most worrying stat of this preview for KKR as they switch over to playing at the Wankhede this week is that none of their batsmen have a particularly good record here. Top scorer Nitish Rana is the best of them with a career average of 29 batting in Mumbai but a few other significant players have struggled here in the past.

BatsmanBatting averageStrike Rate
Shubman Gill 8.076.19
A Russell 8.25106.45
R Tripathi15.33131.43
IPL Career records at the Wankhede

One player who has been rolling back the years for CSK and who has proved a very effective bowler at the death in IPL 2021 is Dwayne Bravo. His mixture of slower balls have been going at 8.17 an over at the death which is impressive when you consider that the run rate at the Wankhede as a whole this tournament during the final 5 has been close to 13 run an over. In this match however, he comes up against international colleague Andre Russell who has dished out some punishment to him in the past.

KKR vs CSK preview head to head Bravo Russell
Bravo vs Russell IPL head to head record

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IPL 2021 PBKS vs SRH Preview

Preview PBKS vs SRH IPL 2021, Match 14, April 21st, MA Chidambaram Stadium. PBKS vs SRH head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs SRH.

Key match stats PBKS vs SRH preview

Venue Stats – MA Chidambaram Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 172
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 61% / 37%

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Team form PBKS vs SRH preview

  • PBKS – LLW
  • SRH – LLL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, SRH won by 69 runs, PBKS won by 12 runs
IPL 2021 PBKS vs SRH preview

Here we preview 2 sides in PBKS and SRH with just a solitary win between them. Both really need to start picking up points if they are to make a challenge for the playoffs in IPL 2021 so already this has the feel of a crunch game about it.

SRH’s 3 defeats in IPL 2021 have all been of a similar nature with the men in orange batting 2nd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and just coming up short on each occasion. In particular against RCB and MI it was the inability of one of their senior batsmen in the top order to bat through the innings that cost them later on but equally a lack of quality and experience in the middle order has been a pressing issue for the franchise for several seasons.

As for PBKS, they too seem to be very dependent on their star batsmen at the top of the order to get above average runs on the board if they are to win. Once the opening pair of KL Rahul and Agarwal were out in the match vs DC then the wheels began to fall off a little and once again we saw that their bowlers aren’t likely to defend par or below par scores during this IPL season.

PBKS vs SRH head to head player stats

PBKS bowling vs SRH batting

PBKS have opted to deploy their full arsenal of fast bowling on the faster, bouncier decks at the Wankhede but it’s likely that we’ll see a change in personnel as they move down to Chennai.

Where is Ravi Bisnoi? Is a question that a lot of IPL fans have been asking this year, with the young leg spinner one of the shining lights in the tournament last year. Given the conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium you would anticipate a return for him. Bisnoi’s head to head record against David Warner while limited in its length is still notable.

PBKS vs SRH Preview Warner Bisnoi head to head
Bisnoi vs Warner IPL head to head record

In terms of their seam options, PBKS have bowled with a lot of pace but not very much control. Both Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith seem to be learning the hard way that on flatter decks it’s often the case that the faster you bowl it, the further it goes and unfortunately neither really possesses the subtle variations yet to adapt their plans.

Their is of course the option that PBKS could bring in Chris Jordan for one of the Aussies, particularly as we have seen little to no swing or seam movement at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to date. Equally, Jordan offers more as a specialist death bowler and in that regard PBKS have been getting smashed around the park a little in their opening 3 games!

SRH bowling vs PBKS batting

SRH certainly have plenty of bowling options available but they can’t quite seem to settle on a balance both to their attack and the XI in general. Rashid Khan and Buvi are automatic picks but outside of that pair it’s anyones guess how SRH will decide to shuffle the pack for this match.

On a head to head basis, the most noticeable stat is the match-up between Rashid Khan and KL Rahul.

PBKS vs SRH preview Rashid Khan KL Rahul head to head
Rashid Khan vs KL Rahul IPL head to head record

If Rashid can continue to dominate the PBKS captain then this could be the defining moment of the match given how dependent they are on his runs. A Deepak Hooda cameo and a backs to the wall effort from Shahrukh Khan aside, the PBKS middle order have offered very little. PBKS do have a few options on the bench and we could well see Dawid Malan or Moises Henriques come in for Chris Gayle.

In the preview of PBKS’s last fixture, we touched upon the problem of balance within the team and it was noticeable that the Kings tried to lengthen their batting line-up against DC. It’ll be an ongoing problem for them but on a wicket that requires sides to take more risks in the powerplay but leave themselves with wickets in hand for a potentially tough second half of the innings, particularly when chasing, that lengthy tail could become a significant problem!

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