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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IPL 2021 DC vs MI Preview

Preview DC vs MI IPL 2021, Match 13, April 20th, MA Chidambaram Stadium. DC vs MI head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for DC vs MI.

Key match stats DC vs MI 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%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form DC vs MI preview

  • DC – WLW
  • MI – WWL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, MI won by 5 wickets, MI won by 57 runs, MI won by 9 wickets and MI won by 5 wickets
IPL 2021 DC vs MI preview

We can’t preview a DC vs MI game without first talking about the obvious psychological stranglehold that Mumbai have over their opponents in this fixture. The reigning champions defeated DC no fewer than 4 times in last season’s IPL, including convincing wins in the playoffs and the final itself. On paper, this DC team has the potential to win IPL 2021 but it will be overcoming those kind of mental hurdles that will be their biggest challenge and you can bet that they’ll be looking to lay down a marker in this fixture.

One major advantage for MI going into this game is that they have had 3 matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to get used to conditions, whereas DC come straight off a comfortable win on Sunday on a batting paradise at the Wankhede and onto the low and slow tracks of Chennai.

The biggest positive for MI during their last couple of games is the resilience they have shown. They are playing nowhere near their best, particularly with the bat, and yet they continue to grind out results and defend par scores like all great teams do. DC meanwhile have had a couple of one-sided victories book ending a defeat by the Royals which was just the sort of low scorer they would have loved to win.

DC vs MI head to head player stats

DC bowling vs MI batting

I think it’s fair to say that we will see some fairly significant changes to the DC bowling attack for this game and this venue. They went into their opening match with a couple of spin options but quickly abandoned that in favour of 4 front line seamers plus Marcus Stoinis.

DC vs MI preview Mishra bowling record
Mishra IPL record at MA Chidambaram Stadium

Unsurprisingly, Amit Mishra, like most spinners, has enjoyed bowling on this pitch and I would imagine that he will return to the playing XI vs MI who can also call upon Ravi Ashwin, a player who has taken 46 IPL wickets on this pitch more than any other player in the histroy of the tournament.

In fact, both Mishra and Ashwin have some very good head to head stats vs MI as shown in the graphics below.

DC vs MI preview Mishra Rohit head to head
Mishra vs Sharma IPL head to head record
DC vs MI preview Ashwin de Kock head to head
Ashwin vs de Kock IPL head to head record

Given that we’ve seen very little seam and swing in the opening overs at Chennai and the match-ups listed above, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both DC spinners bowling during the powerplay of this fixture.

One man who’ll be hoping to return to form is Ishan Kishan. The pocket rocket hit more sixes in the IPL last year than any other player but has struggled to get going in the opening 3 games. He can however, point to the fact that he has an excellent head to head record against DC’s regular seam options.

DC vs MI preview Ishan Kishan head to head
DC seamers vs Kishan IPL head to head record

MI bowling vs DC batting

When previewing this match, the man that DC will fear most is surely Jasprit Bumrah who has a phenomenal head to record against several of their batsmen including captain Rishabh Pant.

DC vs MI preview Bumrah Pant head to head
Bumrah vs Pant IPL head to head record

The Capital’s opening partnership has provided a couple of match winning scores this season but again MI have a favourable head to head with Boult vs Shaw.

DC vs MI preview Boult Shaw head to head
Boult vs Shaw IPL head to head records

However, the real rock of the DC batting line-up not just this season but last year’s IPL too has been Shikhar Dhawan who only narrowly missed out on another century vs PBKS on Sunday. His head to head IPL record against all the Mumbai bowlers used so far in IPL 2021 is shown below and as you can see he alone out of his top order colleagues is a man who appears to enjoy playing against the most successful franchise in the tournament’s history.

DC vs MI preview Dhawan head to head
Dhawan vs MI IPL 2021 bowling attack head to head record

DC have gone into the last couple of games with a fairly long tail that has seen them with the likes of Woakes/Curran at no.7 and Ashwin at no.8. Whether they persist with this tactic on the less batsmen friendly pitches of Chennai remains to be seen. They could opt to play Stoinis and Lalit Yadav as their 5th bowler allowing them another middle order batsman and a bit more hitting power at the back end of the innings.

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IPL 2021 CSK vs RR Preview

Preview CSK vs RR IPL 2021, Match 12, April 18th, Wankhede Stadium. CSK vs RR head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for CSK vs RR.

Key match stats CSK vs RR preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 166
  • Average first innings winning score: 178
  • Average powerplay score: 45
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form CSK vs RR preview

  • CSK – WL
  • RR – WL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, RR won by 16 runs and RR won by 7 wickets
IPL 2021 CSK vs RR preview

CSK vs RR might have been a very different preview had both sides not turned around disappointing opening match performances with excellent wins. Now going into game 3 of the season both have the opportunity to move up the table and begin to hope for better things.

The Royals did the double over the Super Kings in the last IPL season and following their late victory over the Delhi Capitals in their last outing, they’ll be full of confidence for this match. Equally, CSK’s commanding victory over PBKS has set them up nicely for this fixture and allays some of the concerns about their bowling attack having the necessary penertration.

In general we’ll need to wait and see what kind of pitch we get at the Wankhede for CSK vs RR. Both teams played on more bowler friendly surfaces in their last games here but as we saw from the match yesterday, if the pitch is less “tacky” then the ball comes on very nicely and scores of 200 are about par. I’d say that batting is the stronger suit for both these teams so if we get the right conditions this could be a high scoring affair.

CSK vs RR head to head player stats

CSK bowling vs RR batting

Deepak Chahar was the hero of CSK’s first win of IPL 2021 and his head to head record vs RR suggests that he’ll be a key player once again. Perhaps most significant is his match-up with Royals captain and star batsman Sanju Samson who he has dismissed 3 times in previous IPL meetings.

CSK vs RR IPL preview Chahar Samson head to head
Chahar vs Samson IPL head to head record

A slight concern for RR would be the form of their top order with Samson’s century in their opening game of IPL 2021 the only score of note from their first 4 batsman so far. With Ben Stokes out for the remainder of the tournament it looks likely that Jos Buttler will return to opening the batting and his record against this CSK bowling attack is fairly good.

CSK vs RR IPL preview Jos Buttler head to head
Jos Buttler IPL head to head record vs CSK 2021 bowling attack

Indeed, Buttler seems to take particular delight in hitting his England colleagues with an IPL strike rate of 243 vs Sam Curran and Moeen Ali.

Stokes’ injury has opened the door to South Africa’s David Miller who prior to his match winning performance against DC was something of a forgotten man in the IPL. Since his peak during the 2014 & 2015 IPL seasons Miller has struggled to command a place and his half century last week was only his second in the IPL since the end of 2015.

One further concern for the Royals is the balance of right and left hand batsmen in their line-up with the top 3 all likely to be right handers while the middle order is packed with lefties. CSK’s 2 finger spin options in Jadeja and Moeen Ali could well get plenty of overs as Dhoni looks to utlise those match-ups

Batsman (hand)Ave. vs right arm finger spinAve. vs slow left arm
Vohra (R)36.0018.67
Dube (L)7.00n/a*
Miller (L)26.2960.67
Potential match-ups for CSK vs RR *Dube has never been dismissed by SLA bowling in the IPL

RR bowling vs CSK batting

The other surprise return to both the playing XI and form for RR was Jaydev Unadkat who took just 4 wickets in 7 matches during last season’s IPL but has almost eclipsed that total already with his magnificent 3 for 15, knocking the top off a DC batting line-up who have prospered of late. Unfortunately for Unadkat he comes up against a CSK outfit that he does not have a good head to head record against.

CSK vs RR IPL preview Unadkat head to head record
Unadkat IPL head to head record vs CSK batsmen

One man who does enjoy playing against CSK and in particular their left-handers is Chris Morris. With Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ravi Jadeja and Sam Curran all key members of the CSK batting line-up then Morris could be in business once again.

CSK vs RR IPL preview Chris Morris head to head
Chris Morris vs CSK left handers IPL head to head record

For CSK, big question marks remain over their opening pair Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad. The former at least hung around during the run chase against DC although struggled for any kind of fluency while the younger Gaikwad has looked woefully short of form. I’m sure that CSK will be keen to give him a bit longer at the top of the order but they do have several options if they wish to consider a change including the likes of Narayan Jagadeesan, Robin Uthappa and Chezhian Harinishanth.

CSK vs RR IPL preview Moeen Ali Wankhede stadium stats
Moeen Ali IPL record at the Wankhede Stadium

One many who is in form and enjoying this venue is Moeen Ali. When he is on song, there are few better players to watch in world cricket and you can tell by the way Moeen is picking up the bat that he feels incredibly confident at present. It’s a remarkable turn around for a player that has struggled for consistency and game time for England of late and perhaps his national team can learn something from the way that CSK are man managing the all-rounder in IPL 2021.

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IPL 2021 DC vs PBKS Preview

IPL 2021, Match 11, April 18th DC vs PBKS, Wankhede Stadium. Preview DC vs PBKS in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Dehli Capitals and Punjab Kings at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions DC vs PBKS.

Key match stats DC vs PBKS preview

Venue Stats – Wankhede Stadium

  • Average first innings: 166
  • Average first innings winning: 178
  • Average powerplay score: 45
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 47% / 52%

Find full venue stats and records here

Team form DC vs PBKS preview

  • DC – LW
  • PBKS – LW
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, DC won by a super over and PBKS won by 5 wickets
IPL 2021 DC vs PBKS preview

Here we preview two sides who roared to victory in their first matches and then rather fell apart in their second outings of IPL 2021. Both DC and PBKS will be keen to get moving in the right direction with today’s fixture and if recent history is anything to go by this should be a tight match. Last season saw these 2 sides go to a super over with DC ultimately winning after bowling PBKS out for 2, to record the joint lowest super over of all time in the IPL!

After a stuttering batting performance against the Royals, DC almost managed to pull off a great comeback before Chris Morris validated his hefty price tag by winning it at the death. That the PBKS batsmen looked a little all over the place against the movement that is available early on at the Wankhede doesn’t bode well for against this DC bowling attack that has looked dangerous in both powerplays so far in IPL 2021.

To prove my point from earlier blogs and in my preview of PBKS for IPL 2021 in general, they look short of genuine all-rounder options and losing early wickets while having Jhye Richardson carded to bat 7 always looked likely to spell disaster. Given that plenty of are falling during the powerplay at the Wankhede it will be interesting to see whether PBKS persist with the balance of their side and if not how they are able to bring in extra batting resources without significantly reducing their firepower with the ball, an issue that looks likely to plague them throughout IPL 2021.

Preview DC vs PBKS head to head player stats

DC bowling vs PBKS batting

DC welcomed back one half of their South African pace duo in Kagiso Rabada for the match against RR earlier in the week and following a false positive COVID-19 test, Nortje is now also available for last year’s finalists.

In a strange way the unavailability of those 2 has probably been a bonus for DC because it’s allowed them to pick Chris Woakes who looks a very dangerous proposition in these conditions with his ability to swing the ball in the powerplay. With DC having plenty of homegrown options in the top order, if they choose to, they could opt to field Woakes, Rabada and Nortje which would give them plenty of wicket taking options throughout the 20 overs.

Whether it’s 3 overseas stars or whether DC look to bring in the likes of Sharma or Yadav it seems almost certain that they and indeed their opponents will opt for 4 seamers today. Here’s how the 2 types of bowling have gone so far at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2021

DC vs PBKS preview pace spin records
PAce vs Spin at the Wankhede in IPL 2021

Even so, DC can call upon Ravi Ashwin to at least mix things up a bit and he, as is often the case against left-hander, has a fantastic head to head record in the IPL vs Chris Gayle.

DC vs PBKS preview Ashwin and Gayle
Ashwin vs Gayle IPL head to head record

PBKS bowling vs DC batting

Inexperience or at least a lack of experience of these conditions seems to be the main problem for the PBKS bowling attack at the moment. You would have thought if the likes of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith were going to be a success in IPL 2021, then bowling at the Wankhede would suit them over some of the other conditions they’ll find. Both appear to be improving with every over but in such a competitive league there really isn’t much time to learn on the job.

A lot then could rest on the shoulders of Mohammed Shami who does have a favourable head to head record against several of Delhi Capitals batsmen.

DC vs PBKS Preview Mohammed Shami
Shami vs DC IPL head to head record

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IPL 2021 RCB vs KKR Preview

IPL 2021, Match 10, April 18th RCB vs KKR, MA Chidambaram Stadium. Preview RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Royal Challenger Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions RCB vs KKR.

Key match stats RCB vs KKR preview

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the MA Chidambaram : 163
  • Average first innings winning score at MA Chidambaram: 173
  • Average powerplay score at MA Chidambaram: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 61% / 38%

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Team form RCB vs KKR preview

  • RCB – WW
  • KKR – LW
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, RCB won by 82 runs and RCB won by 8 wickets
IPL 2021 RCB vs KKR preview

RCB come in this match vs KKR full of confidence and sitting astride the top of the IPL table as the only side with a 100% record after 2 games. The big plus for Kohli and his men is that in both those games they’ve had to come back from difficult match situations to win which is precisely the kind of fighting quality that RCB will need to maintain if they are to finally win an IPL title in 2021.

They come up against a KKR side who for all the world looked as though they too would win their first 2 matches of IPL 2021 before they were Shanghaied by the Mumbai Indians in their last outing. Still this Kolkata side looks far more organised and match aware this year than at any stage in recent IPL seasons and Eoin Morgan has a bowling attack at his finger tips that gives him plenty of options regardless of the opposition or conditions.

In previewing RCB vs KKR, the Knight Riders will want to banish the memories of their last match against the Challengers which resulted in an 8 wicket defeat. At one point, KKR were reduced to 17 for 4 , the 5th lowest powerplay score in IPL history! Indeed, KKR were on the receiving end of a couple of thrashing in last year’s IPL at the hands of RCB but with a few of their big names such as Russell and Cummins beginning to show form, there is hope for a much competitive fixture this time around.

Preview RCB vs KKR head to head player stats

RCB bowling vs KKR batting

The architect of RCB’s 8 wicket victory vs KKR last season was Mohammed Siraj who took 3 wickets for the cost of just 8 runs. Siraj was brilliant again in RCB’s last match against SRH causing their top order problems with pace and movement and on a pitch where run scoring in the first half of the innings is crucial then the fact that RCB’s main powerplay bowler leads the way with the most dot balls of IPL 2021 (26) is a real bonus for them.

RCB vs KKR Preview Siraj bowling stats
Siraj IPL 2021 bowling figures

While still in its infancy, this match also sees the purple cap wearer go head to head with the orange cap wearer. Both Nitish Rana and Harshal Patel have been key players for their franchises in the opening 2 games but it is the RCB man who has the better historical record against KKR’s opener.

RCB vs KKR Preview Patel Rana IPL head to head
Patel vs Rana IPL head to head record

The impressive thing about RCB’s bowling line-up in IPL 2021 has been the variety that they have which creates the opportunity for favourable match-ups. We saw in their previous match that Shabaz Ahmed was held back until after David Warner was out and then played a key role in turning the game against a right-hand dominated middle order. With KKR having 3 left-handers in their top 5 it might well be the turn of Washington Sundar in this game and we can see from his head to head record against KKR’s left-handers that it’s a job that he’s performed well in the past (he’s never bowled against Shakib).

RCB vs KKR Preview Sundar IPL head to head
Washington Sundar vs Morgan and Rana IPL head to head records

With Shakib Al Hassan also in their side, it wouldn’t surprise me if KKR kept their batting line-up very flexible during the course of their innings to prevent RCB getting the ideal match-up of Ahmed vs right handers or Washington Sundar vs left-handers.

KKR bowling vs RCB batting

The way that Eoin Morgan has juggled his bowlers in the first 2 matches of IPL 2021 has been fascinating and I’m looking forward to seeing what he has in store for this RCB batting line-up in this match. He started the last game by bowling 5 straight overs of spin in the powerplay. No side has ever bowled 6 overs of spin in the powerplay during an IPL match so I was some what disappointed not to see a new record!

Certainly if we are looking at the head to head record of Virat Kohli vs the KKR bowling attack then it would seem as though the RCB captain has the better of their seamers at the moment as demonstrated by the fact that only Andre Russell has managed to dismiss him in previous IPL meetings and we’re unlikely to see the big West Indian bowl until the later stages.

RCB vs KKR Preview Kohli IPL head to head
KKR seamers vs Kohli IPL head to head record

As such, I’d anticipate seeing KKR opening with Harbhajan again firstly to entice Kohli into trying to play a forecful shot early on (we know he’d prefer to have 10-15 balls before doing that) and secondly because his opening partner Devdutt Padikkal has struggled against right-arm finger spin in the past

RCB vs KKR Preview Padikkal IPL head to head
Padikkal IPL record vs right arm finger spin

A big plus for KKR this season has been the form of Pat Cummins whose role at least at this venue has changed from that of powerplay spearhead to middle overs enforcer. While he’s only picked up 3 wickets in the opening couple of games, they have all been big scalps in the form of Bairstow, Rohit and Ishan Kishan with the first 2 at least well set and looking to go big at the death. On a pitch where runs in the 2nd half of the innings have been hard to come by, his match up against the likes of de Villiers and Maxwell during the middle overs could be crucial in limiting RCB’s scoring.

PhaseOversEconomyWickets
Powerplay240
Middle Overs46.32
Death Overs210.51
Cummins bowling by phase of the game in IPL 2021

Of course, looking back at the first 4 games in Chennai it seems that one of the most important factors will be the toss. RCB are the only side to win here while chasing and that was via the last ball. With a historical win % of over 60 for the side that bats first it seems inevitable that whoever calls correctly will have a major advantage in this match. Do we need to mention Kohli’s head to head record vs Morgan at the toss? It’s not great…

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IPL 2021 MI vs SRH Preview

IPL 2021, Match 09, April 17th MI vs SRH, MA Chidambaram Stadium. Preview MI vs SRH in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions MI vs SRH.

Key match stats MI vs SRH preview

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the MA Chidambaram : 163
  • Average first innings winning score at MA Chidambaram: 173
  • Average powerplay score at MA Chidambaram: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 61% / 38%

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Team form MI vs SRH preview

  • MI – WL
  • SRH – LL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, MI won by 34 runs and SRH won by 10 wickets
IPL 2021 MI vs SRH preview

This could be an entirely different preview had Mumbai Indians not have made a dramatic late fight back against KKR in their last match of IPL 2021. The defending champions have been far from their best so far this season and yet they managed to do what all great teams do and win while not putting in a top performance. You feel though that it is only a matter of time before they do connect the dots and we see MI really begin to dominate opposition in the way we know they can.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing this post, SRH are the only team to have lost their opening 2 fixtures of IPL 2021 and while it’s not quite panic stations just yet, a third straight defeat would seriously dent their hopes of making the playoffs for a 6th straight year. In both those matches you feel SRH have had opportunities to win but defeat in their last game against RCB where they seemed to be on course for victory before a mini collapse will really have stung the men in orange. You’d expect a reaction in the game from the senior players in the SRH squad so this could be a fascinating watch.

As we preview the 2021 match SRH vs MI, let’s take a moment to consider the recent meetings between 2 squads that are largely unchanged from last season’s IPL. Mumbai Indians won the initial game thanks to a typical MI batting performance with a strong foundation laid by the top order before some big hitting later on. The 2nd match which came at the end of the season is probably a bit of red herring as MI choose to rest several key players particularly from the bowling attack given that a top 2 place was guaranteed. That allowed SRH to rack up a 10 wicket win and essentially booked their own playoff spot but I doubt that MI will be quite so generous today!

MI vs SRH preview head to head stats

MI bowling vs SRH batting

Here’s a fun fact to kick of our head to head preview of MI vs SRH! David Warner has never been dismissed in the IPL by any of Mumbai Indians likely bowling attack for this match. That includes Bumrah, Boult, Chahar, the 2 Pandyas and Kieron Pollard and of course he’s never faced Marco Jansen before.

David Warner head to head IPL MI vs SRH preview
MI bowling attack vs Warner IPL head to head record

SRH will certainly be looking to their captain to lead from the front again in this game but they can also draw heart from the fact that the remainder of their top 4 (Saha, Pandey and Bairstow) all have excellent IPL records against left-arm seam bowling and they are likely to face a significant number of overs of that should Boult and Jansen play together again.

Equally though, the absence of left-handers in the SRH middle order is a real cause for concern particularly against a bowler a canny as Krunal Pandya. The left-armer has the best economy rate of any bowler so far in IPL 2021 (min 30 balls bowled) and has bowled more dot balls than any other spinner in the IPL so far. While he might not be a major wicket taking option for MI, it is often the control on the scoring that he exerts in the middle overs that leads to chances for his more attacking colleagues at the other end.

Krunal Pandya head to head IPL MI vs SRH preview
Krunal Pandya IPL 2021 record

If Warner is out early then I’d expect Krunal to suffocate this right-handed SRH middle order in what could be a potentially match winning performance. I guess the only question for MI having seen the way the SRH middle order capitulated against Shabaz Ahmed would then be do they opt to double up and bring in young Anukul Roy as another slow left-arm option? Roy, part of the U-19 World Cup winning squad, has made just 1 previous appearance in the IPL at this venue back in 2019.

Equally could SRH look to counter the threat by selecting Abishek Sharma or Shreevats Goswami to mix-up their right-hand / left-hand combinations a little? Let’s wait and see…

SRH bowling vs MI batting

During the preview of SRH’s previous match in IPL 2021, we touched on the fact that Sandeep Sharma has an excellent record against Virat Kohli and we can say the same for his head to head vs Rohit Sharma (dismissed 4 times in the IPL). With no swing on evidence in the opening defeat to KKR it made sense to drop Sandeep and replace him with a left-arm spinner to account for RCB’s middle order that is dominated by right-handers. Given his record against Rohit and indeed the MI top 4 as a whole then SRH may be tempted to bring him back in for this fixture.

Sandeep Sharma head to head IPL MI vs SRH preview
Sandeep Sharma vs MI top 4 IPL head to head record

Looking further down the order, SRH also have favourable match-ups against the big hitters that MI posses. Not many people can restrict the scoring of Hardik Pandya but Rashid Khan seems to have the Indian star simply looking to survive against him as his head to head record shows.

Rashid Khan Hardik Pandya head to head IPL MI vs SRH preview
Rashid Khan vs Hardik Pandya IPL head to head record

Equally, Buvi has provided Kieron Pollard problems throughout their many years as opponents in the IPL.

Buvi Pollard head to head IPL MI vs SRH preview
Buvi vs Pollard IPL head to head record

In general MI have played themselves into some decent positions during their first couple of IPL 2021 matches before struggling towards the back end of the innings. Partly that is a result of the slowness of the Chennai surface (the average last 5 over score is 49 runs for the 4 matches played so far in IPL 2021) but equally the Mumbai Indian’s lower order isn’t quite firing on all cylinders yet. Scores of 31 and 38 in the final 5 overs of their matches so far underline this point and if SRH can restrict them again in such a manner then they will be in with a chance.

IPL 2021 PBKS vs CSK Preview

IPL 2021, Match 08, April 16th PBKS vs CSK, Wankhede Stadium. Preview PBKS vs CSK in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions PBKS vs CSK.

Key match stats PBKS vs CSK preview

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the Wankhede Stadium: 167
  • Average first innings winning score at Wankhede Stadium: 178
  • Average powerplay score at Wankhede Stadium: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 48% / 51%

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Team form PBKS vs CSK preview

  • PBKS – W
  • CSK – L
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, CSK won by 10 wickets and CSK won by 9 wickets
IPL 2021 PBKS vs CSK preview

Before we preview the 2021 fixture between PBKS and CSK, it’s worth casting our minds back 6 months ago to last season’s IPL where a beleaguered Super Kings sides still managed to dish out a couple of absolute thrashings to this Punjab Kings outfit the second of which ended their hopes of making it to the playoffs (yet again). However, the 2 teams come into this fixture off the back of very different results in their opening games of IPL 2021 and surely PBKS will be looking to avenge those defeats from last time around.

As has been the case for a few seasons now, batting has been PBKS’s stronger suit and they showed that would likely be the case again in IPL 2021 by hitting the highest score to date. That they came perilously close to not being able to defend that score still underlines the fact that their bowling needs some work. Perhaps though the biggest cause for concern remains the balance of their team. Jhye Richardson is a good lower order hitter but number 7 feels like a position too high and they are also short of genuine 6th or 7th bowling option to take the pressure of the front 5 and also give KL Rahul some choices should 1 or 2 of his main men go around the park as happened on Monday night.

CSK meanwhile showed some good fight in their opening match against DC to come back from the loss of a couple of early wickets and post a competitive total. However, they lacked any real penetration with the ball and they surely need to consider how they will get bowlers with either a bit of pace or a bit of mystery about them into the line-up if they are to take enough wickets to consistently place the opposition under pressure particularly on high scoring pitches like the Wankhede.

Preview PBKS vs CSK head to head stats

PBKS bowling vs CSK batting

We saw in the opening fixture of IPL 2021 for CSK that they struggled up front against the moving ball and PBKS will surely be looking to target the Super Kings top order in exactly the same way in this match.

Powerplay wickets were few and far between for PBKS in IPL 2020 so the double strike early on from Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh will have come as a welcome relief and perhaps points to a stronger showing in IPL 2021 especially considering that they also have Richardson and Meredith who will be keen to contribute on that front too.

However, historically and as we’ve seen from recent IPL matches, PBKS bowlers have struggled against this CSK batting line-up. Even seasoned pros such as Mohammed Shami have some really very poor head to head stats vs the Super Kings. The below shows Shami’s cumulative head to head record vs the CSK top 7 as it was from their opening match of IPL 2021

Shami vs CSK top 7 IPL head to head record PBKS CSK Preview
Shami vs CSK top 7 IPL head to head record

As noted above, CSK did well to rebuild after a poor powerplay only to then lose a clutch of wickets in the middle order that delayed their final push by a couple of overs. When that surge at the death did come, we saw some excellent hitting from the men in yellow and in particular Sam Curran and with Shardul Thakar carded to bat at number 10 for them in their first game of IPL 2021 it goes without saying that they do have the depth to put up some really big numbers if they can get it right at the top of the innings and prevent mini collapses in the middle overs.

CSK's strike rates at the death CSK PBKS preview
CSK’s strike rates at the death show that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the closing stages during IPL 2021.

Variety could then be the key issue for the PBKS bowling attack particularly considering CSK’s abundance of left-handers in the middle order. Both Moeen Ali and Suresh Raina have favourable records against right-arm fast medium bowling compared to left-armers and of course PBKS don’t really have a finger spinner who could come in and do a job against the south paws unless they opt to use Deepak Hooda, a man who has taken just 7 wickets in his previous 69 IPL outings.

vs RFMvs LFMvs RFS
Moeen Ali44.314.010.5
Suresh Raina39.835.335.0
CSK’s left handers vs bowler type

CSK bowling vs PBKS batting

As noted above, CSK must be tempted to bring in a little more firepower and mystery to their bowling attack. A handful of medium fast bowlers and a couple of finger spinners just isn’t going to cut it in this league and particularly on what appears to be a batting paradise at the Wankhede Stadium.

The good new for CSK as we preview their match against PBKS is that they do have bowlers on the bench who could add to their options and who have favourable head to head record in the IPL against the Kings.

Karn Sharma has 3 IPL titles to his name but seems to be something of a forgotten man at CSK. Given the record of spinners at the Wankhede in the 2 opening matches, it’d be a risk to play him but if the history of T20 cricket has taught us one thing it is that wrist spin gets wickets and in that regard Sharma has an excellent combined record against 2 of PBKS’s heroes from the first game in Deepak Hooda and Chris Gayle (both dismissed twice)

Sharma head to head record CSK vs PBKS preview
Sharma vs Gayle & Hooda IPL head to head records

Similarly, if CSK are looking for more firepower in the opening overs then surely Ngidi will come back into contention following the completition of his quarantine period. His head to head record against this much vaunted PBKS top 3 is very impressive and if CSK can get early breakthroughs it will put pressure on the middle order especially with the length of the PBKS tail to come.

Ngidi head to head IPL record PBKS vs CSK preview
Ngidi vs PBKS top 3 IPL head to head record

Meanwhile, KL Rahul is fast approaching 100 runs against CSK’s main powerplay bowler Deepak Chahar without Chahar claiming a wicket in reply. Again, evidence that CSK may need to rethink their plans following the hammering they received by DC.

Chahar KL Rahul head to head IPL record PBKS vs CSK preview
Chahar vs KL Rahul IPL head to head record

And it’s tempting to question how effective Ravi Jadeja will be in the middle overs against the likes of Chris Gayle and his fellow left-handed West Indian Nicolas Pooran. As Jadeja’s head to head record vs Gayle shows, bowling into that very big arc of his is only asking for trouble!

Jadeja Gayle head to head IPL record CSK vs PBKS preview
Jadeja vs Gayle IPL head to head record

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IPL 2021 RR vs DC Preview

IPL 2021, Match 06, April 14th RR vs DC, Wankhede Stadium. Preview RR vs DC in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions RR vs DC.

Key match stats RR vs DC

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the Wankhede Stadium: 167
  • Average first innings winning score at Wankhede Stadium: 178
  • Average powerplay score at Wankhede Stadium: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 48% / 51%

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Team form RR vs DC

  • RR – L
  • DC – W
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, DC won by 46runs and DC won by 13 runs
IPL 2021 RR vs DC Preview

At least in my opinion, the performance by Delhi Capitals in their opening match win of IPL 2021 was the strongest of all the sides competing in the tournament so far. They looked by far the sharpest in the field backing up some good bowling from what was essentially a second string attack and then came out and made a 180+ chase look easy. It was certainly a win that laid down a marker to the other challengers for IPL 2021.

As for Rajasthan Royals, the heroics of Sanju Samson almost saw them pull off yet another miraculous run chase against the Kings but what was a highly entertaining affair for the neautral still leaves a lot of problems particularly with the ball for RR to solve if they are to have any hope not only in this fixture against a well drilled DC team but in IPL 2021 in general.

As we can see from last season’s results, RR vs DC is a fixture that has been dominated of late by the Capitals. Even more of a concern is the only man who prevented those margins of victory being even greater, Jofra Archer who took 3 wickets in each match, is not available for the Royals this year. You get the feeling that to win this match RR will need to bat out of their skins once again.

RR vs DC head to head stats

RR bowling vs DC batting

One thing we can safely say is that RR aren’t short of options in their bowling but they do appear a little light on quality. The stand out from their opening match of IPL 2021 was young Chetan Sakariya who looked an effective bowler at both ends of the innings and he and The Fizz put together a decent powerplay performance to at least restrict the Punjab Kings in the opening part of the match. Indeed, had the Royals taken their catches earlier on particularly that of KL Rahul then there is reason to believe that they wouldn’t have needed to chase such a huge score.

As we preview RR vs DC, not to state the obvious but against an even stronger and longer batting line-up that the Captials possess the Royals will have to take every chance in the field to avoid conceding another big total, especially with openers Dhawan and Shaw in such good form.

Gopal vs Shaw IPL head to head record RR vs DC
Gopal vs Shaw IPL head to head record

Looking at how Rajasthan might break that opening partnership we see that Shreyas Gopal has been successful vs Prithvi Shaw in the past so Samson may consider bowling the wrist spinner in the powerplay.

Equally, the fact that RR are likely to have at least 1 and possibly 2 left-arm seam options in the powerplay is a bonus against Dhawan who averages considerably less against that angle of attack than he does against right-arm seam (ave. 44 in the IPL).

Dhawan record against LFM RR vs DC
Dhawan vs left-arm fast medium bowling in the IPL

One man in the DC line-up who doesn’t mind left-arm bowling is captain Rishabh Pant whose career record is impressive and his overall head to head vs The Fizz is even better! Pant was hardly needed in the win against CSK but expect him to flex his muscles more in this match on a pitch that he’s had success on in the past should he be required.

Rahman vs Pant IPL head to head record RR vs DC
Rahman vs Pant IPL head to head record

DC bowling vs RR batting

As mentioned above DC didn’t need to stretch their ample batting resources in their opening match win of IPL 2021 and even more significantly they had their best 2 strike bowlers who took 50+ wickets between them last season, quarantining in the hotel. The idea of Rabada and Nortje coming back into what already looks a very strong DC unit should be enough to strike fear into the hearts of all the other 7 IPL teams.

The one area that DC got a little ragged in during their victory against CSK was at the death but of course this is the stage of the game that both South Africans excel at so you’d be surprised if the Royals were able to make up lost ground in the same way that the Super Kings did at the weekend.

Rabada's record at the death in the IPL RR vs DC
Rabada’s record at the death in the IPL

In regards player head to heads, Avesh Khan looked really good in DC’s previous match and is keeping more illustrious colleagues such as Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma on the bench. In this match he’ll come up against a player in Jos Buttler who has smashed a few bowlers around during his IPL career but seems to have reserved special interest for the right arm quick.

Avesh Khan vs Buttler IPL head to head record RR vs DC
Avesh Khan vs Buttler IPL head to head record

Looking beyond the quicks, DC can also call upon the guile and experience of Amit Mishra who has an excellent record against the current RR top order. Mishra sits just 10 victims short of Lasitha Malinga in the all-time IPL wicket taking stakes and will be licking his lips at the chance to add a couple more to his tally here today.

Of course, one head to head match-up that transcends the T20 format is that of Ben Stokes vs Ravi Ashwin. Ashwin got hit around the park a bit in the opening game of IPL 2021 but you can bet he’ll be keen to reignite his duel with the left-handed Stokes and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him bowl in the powerplay and potentially even the first over with the Englishman likely to open the batting once again.

One key stat to consider when previewing RR vs DC at the Wankhede is that in the opening 2 games of IPL 2021 played at this venue, spinners have been going at 10 and a half an over with just a single wicket taken in 15 overs bowled and even then it was to part-timer Riyan Parag. That being the case, it will be interesting to see if either side reconsiders the balance of their bowling line-ups and opts to go with just a single spinner instead of the duel attack.

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IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview

IPL 2021, Match 06, April 14th SRH vs RCB, MA Chidambaram Stadium. Preview SRH vs RCB in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions SRH vs RCB.

Key match stats SRH vs RCB

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the MA Chidambaram Stadium: 164
  • Average first innings winning score at MA Chidambaram Stadium: 174
  • Average powerplay score at MA Chidambaram Stadium: 46
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 59% / 39%

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Team form SRH vs RCB

  • SRH – L
  • RCB – W
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, SRH won by 6 wickets, SRH won by 5 wickets, RCB won by 10 runs
IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview

RCB will certainly be the happier of these 2 teams following their win against the defending champions in the opening game of IPL 2021. At the same it was not exactly what you’d call a polished performance with RCB’s fielding a little sloppy and their finish to the run chase inviting more pressure than was really necessary.

Still, Kohli’s team won which is more than can be said for today’s opponents SRH who will also feel that they were far from their best last weekend in their game against KKR. Perhaps the one silver lining that SRH can take from their defeat is that they only fell 10 runs short of their target despite it feeling like they were 2nd best for the vast majority of the match.

SRH vs RCB also gives us a chance to revisit the fixture that was last season’s eliminator in the IPL playoffs, a match that was ultimately won by the men in orange. That performance and indeed the victory a few matches earlier that helped seal SRH’s playoff place were based on excellent bowling performances in the powerplay, an area that Sunrisers sorely need to improve upon from their opening outing of IPL 2021.

SRH vs RCB head to head player stats

SRH bowling vs RCB batting

We can’t preview SRH vs RCB without mentioning the fact that Virat Kohli will come up against him nemesis in this fixture in the form of Sandeep Sharma. It seems strange to think that a man trundling in bowling little swingers at 130kmph should trouble arguably the greatest white ball cricketer that has ever lived but as shown in his head to head stats below, no one has dimissed Kohli more often in IPL cricket than Sharma

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Sandeep Kohli head to head
Sandeep vs Kohli IPL head to head record

Of course, if Sandeep is unable to swing the ball again as was the case in the match against KKR then the chances of him adding to his 7 wickets vs Virat seem pretty slim. It was a curious decision by David Warner to put KKR into bat at a venue where there is a statistical bias towards setting a target, especially when SRH have one of the best defensive bowling units in the IPL. However, Warner would certainly have expected more from his new ball pairing of Sandeep and Buvi even if it was just a little bit of shape for the first couple of overs.

That lack of movement also highlights the one weakness in this SRH bowling attack and that is the absence of a bowler with a bit of pace and the ability to hit the deck. While not exactly quick, Jason Holder can at least get the ball up around the splice of the bat more often than not and would add something different to the seam options that Warner has at his disposal. Holder also took 5 wickets in the 2 victories for SRH vs RCB in last year’s IPL.

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Holder head to head
Holder vs RCB in IPL 2020

Holder arrived in Chennai on 5th April so in theory he should be available for this match and could potentially play at the expense of Mohammed Nabi who might be deemed surplus to requirements given the dominance of right handers in the RCB batting line-up. Nabi has one of the best records vs left-handers in IPL history.

In terms of players returning, RCB’s batting is likely to be strengthened by Devdutt Paddikal who was self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test back in March. It’s not thought that the young left-hander was particularly unwell but of course RCB were right to be extra cautious and would certainly not want an outbreak within the camp to ruin their chances of a first title in IPL 2021. His return would see Washington Sundar drop back down the order and to be quite frank the all-rounder who has put in some excellent batting displays in red ball cricket for India of late, looked a little out of his depth in an IPL powerplay.

As usual, SRH will be reliant on Rashid Khan to provide penetration in the middle overs and his head to head record vs AB de Villiers is very good.

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Rashid AB head to head
Rashid Khan vs de Villiers IPL head to head record

In any preview of SRH vs RCB, the head to head match up between these 2 greats of the the T20 era will be one to behold. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think AB would have that kind of match winning innings in him vs KKR given the lack of competitive cricket he has played in the last 5 months but it just shows what a classy operator and professional he remains.

RCB bowling vs SRH batting

The big plus (literally as well as metaphorically) for RCB’s bowling attack was the debut of Kyle Jamieson whose high fee at auction raised a few eyebrows given his lack of T20 experience at the top level but who started IPL 2021 with a very solid performance. The test for the Kiwi will come when he’s put under a little more pressure and no doubt the likes of Warner and Bairstow will be targeting Jamieson during this match.

From a good start in the powerplay to a spectacular finish at the death, Harshal Patel was undoubtedly the star bowler of IPL 2021’s opening fixtures and he certainly provides some much needed wicket taking towards the death overs for RCB, something that has been missing from previous campaigns. In the fixture SRH vs RCB he’ll be up against young Abdul Samad whose reputation as a six hitter in the closing stages continues to grow and surely SRH will be tempted to bring him in a bit earlier than they did in their opening match of IPL 2021.

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Abdul Samad
Abdul Samad’s IPL stats in the final 5 overs

The one blotch on the bowling performance of RCB in their first game of IPL 2021 would be that of leg-spinner Chahal who is usually Mr. Consistent for the Bangalore based franchise. Having had a difficult time of it against England in the T20 series last month he went around the park a little on Friday night (although he’s probably still wandering how he didn’t get Chris Lynn out) but his head to head record vs the majority of the SRH top order is strong with the exception of David Warner who scores runs for fun against him.

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Chahal Warner head to head
Chahal vs Warner IPL head to head record

It stands to reason then that if RCB can start well in the powerplay again and claim the key wicket of David Warner early then Chahal could get amongst their right handers.

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview Chahal
Chahal vs Pandey, Saha & Bairstow IPL head to head record