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%

Find full venue stats and records here

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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%

Find full venue stats and records here

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

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 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

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 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%

Find full venue stats and records here

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%

Find full venue stats and records here

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mishra vs Sharma IPL head to head record
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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 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.