IPL 2021 SRH vs KKR betting tips and predictions

IPL 2021, Match 03, April 11th SRH vs KKR, betting tips and prediction for match winner, top batsman, top bowler, most fours, most sixes, highest runs in the powerplay. Analysis of pre-match and live in-play betting markets for the IPL fixture between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.

The below analysis looks to establish value in the odds on offer for the match between SRH vs KKR in IPL 2021. In order to be successful at betting on cricket games proper bank roll management is essential and an understanding of the various betting markets a must. You can track the success of T20 head to head betting tips and predictions here

Any pre-match bets that I have already made are listed in green otherwise I’m waiting for further information before betting or I don’t see value in that market.

Winner SRH vs KKR betting tips and predictions

There is a growing feeling that SRH might well be a team that goes all the way in IPL 2021 and with good reason. Their powerplay batting is arguably the strongest in the competition and their defensive bowling options were also the envy of every other team last year and have only been strengthened by the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from injury. Buvi also adds to impressive leadership group at the franchise with David Warner, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder all among the senior pros who no how to get the job done.

They go up against a side in KKR who have far more question marks over the form and fitness of their squad. On paper, this still looks like a formidable team particularly in the lower middle order where they can rightly claim they have greater hitting power than their opponents. However, the likes of Russell, Karthik and Narine all had disappointing IPL seasons last time out so we wait to see whether that was merely blip or whether those player’s stars are beginning to fade.

As detailed in our betting tips and predictions for the opening game of IPL 2021 which also takes place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium we’ll need to see just how dry and slow this pitch is before making too many bold predictions on the outcome of the match.

While SRH may possess the star spinner in regards Rashid Khan, his record bowling in Chennai is not particularly good and he tends to be more effective with some pace and bounce in the pitch. KKR meanwhile have the option to play 3 frontline spinners with Narine or Shakib in their squad supported by the likes of Varun, Kuldeep Yadav and the evergreen Harbhajhan Singh. As we’ll detail below, a couple of SRH’s batting stars, most notably David Warner, also don’t favour this venue so if KKR can put the Sunriser’s under pressure early on then their weaker suit which is undoubtedly their middle order may be exposed.

If the pitch does look dry then I think odds better than evens for KKR to win looks a good value bet (the best price I can currently find is 2.02 on KKR to win).

Top batsman SRH betting tips and predictions SRH vs KKR

Unsurprisingly the favourite in this field is SRH captain and opener David Warner who can be backed at odds of 3.25 to be his team’s top run scorer vs KKR. However, as detailed in our head to head analysis of SRH vs KKR, Warner does not enjoy playing on the slow surfaces that are most common at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as shown below.

Warner IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

As such his price looks a little over inflated. I’m not bullish enough just yet to lay against him as he is arguably the best opener in IPL history but again it will be worth seeing how the pitch plays in Friday night’s opener.

Better value then may be found in players who are happy to play the middle order accumulator role such as Manish Pandey who has prior form at this venue and was top scorer for SRH last time they played here in 2019 with a fluent 83*.You can back him to repeat the feat with odds as long as 5.5

Similarly Wriddhiman Saha could yet prove a good value punt if SRH opt to continue to partner him up front with Warner instead of either of the English openers on their books. You can get him for odds as long as 6.0 and this is probably a bet to be on the look out for throughout IPL 2021 as SRH look to shuffle their top order and free overseas spots lower down.

Top batsman KKR betting tips and predictions SRH vs KKR

With far less competition at the top of the order, it’s easier to identify who is likely to play for KKR vs SRH.

Shubman Gill was top scorer in 5 out of KKR’s 14 matches in last season’s IPL (35.71%) therefore his odds of 3.75 to be top scorer for his team in this match look very good value for money.

bet placed Shubman Gill to be top scorer for KKR vs SRH @ odds of 3.5

Top bowler SRH betting tips and predictions SRH vs KKR

Rashid Khan finished as the top bowler in 5 out SRH’s 16 game in the IPL last season and is understandably favourite at odds of 3.25 to repeat that again. The top bowler was then shared out between 6 other players in the remaining 10 matches last year and of course SRH have Buvi back to full form and fitness for IPL 2021. With such a competitive field it’s difficult to find any real value at this early stage of the season.

Top bowler KKR betting tips and predictions SRH vs KKR

Prasidh Krishna looks to be the best value bet for KRR’s top bowler vs SRH. The right-armer will be used predominately in the death overs where he has a strike rate of a wicket every 13 balls. He only appeared in 6 matches during the last IPL but finished as the top bowler on 2 occasions. Given his elevation and success in the recent ODI series vs England it seems likely that he will be given more opportunities in IPL 2021 and with Pat Cummins preferring to bowl in the Powerplay, Krishna should get at least a couple of overs at the death where wicket taking is always more frequent. Therefore odds of 6.0 look too generous to ignore.

Harbhajan IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The other dark horse may of course be Harbhajan Singh who has a fantastic record at this venue. If he plays then it would suggest that KKR believe the wicket will turn and backing a man with a S/R of a wicket every 19 balls in Chennai at odds of 5.5 might not seem a bad option.

bet placed Prasidh Krishna to be top bowler for KKR vs SRH @ odds of 6.0

Most runs in the powerplay betting tips and predictions SRH vs KKR

There are some surprisingly generous odds on the head to head markets on both Sky Bet and William Hill for the team to score the most runs in the first 6 overs of the match SRH vs KKR.

The Sunrisers scored at 8.38 during the powerplay of IPL 2020 which was the highest in the league while the Knight Riders were almost a run off that and suffered a couple of truly dreadful starts including 17/4 vs RCB which ranks them amongst the lowest powerplay scores of all time. One of the ongoing problems that KKR have is that they don’t have a real gun player in the top 3 to get them off to a flier. Sunil Narine’s days as a pinch hitter appear to be over and that being the case I would favour SRH to score more in the powerplay.

bet placed SRH to score the most runs in the powerplay vs KKR @ odds of 1.91

Live and in play betting tips SRH vs KKR

The way these 2 teams are set-up in regards their batting line-ups is almost the polar opposite. SRH are likely to get off to the faster start as we’ve detailed above but equally our head to head analysis showed that KKR have far the greater options at the death. That being the case, the in play total runs market will be one to watch during the match

IPL 2021 CSK vs DC betting tips and predictions

IPL 2021, Match 02, April 10th CSK vs DC, betting tips and prediction for match winner, top batsman, top bowler, most fours, most sixes, highest runs in the powerplay. Analysis of pre-match and live in-play betting markets for the IPL fixture between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. Free bets and offers

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Winner CSK vs DC betting tips and predictions

It’d be fair to say that last season’s finalists Delhi Capitals have had a fairly disruptive few weeks in the run up to IPL 2021. The injury to Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel’s postive COVID-19 test and the fact that they will be without South African pace duo Rabada and Nortje mean that the resilience and depth of this Delhi squad will be tested to the full in their match vs CSK. Equally this is a side on the rise and one that has genuine ambitions of going one better in IPL 2021.

As such, the match-up in the opening game against CSK pits 2 teams travelling in opposite directions. There is no doubt that CSK have entered something of a rebuilding phase with some of the ageing stars having retired and several more in the autumn of their careers. That being said, CSK did show some form at the back end of the last IPL season and I think the fact that they’ve all but been written off for IPL 2021 before a ball has even been bowled makes them a dangerous proposition. This is still one of the best organised, coached and captained sides in the tournament and they have a huge amount of winning experience to draw upon.

As we saw from our head to head analysis of CSK vs DC, the Super Kings will certainly benefit from the fact that the Capitals will be short of several players who have good match-up records against them. As such, I think the odds of 2.3 for CSK to win this match represent pretty good value for money and I’ll be having an early bet on them at that price.

bet placed on CSK to win @2.3

Top batsman CSK betting tips and predictions CSK vs DC

Faf du Plessis is the favourite to be CSK’s leading run scorer in this fixture. The South African opener scored more runs than any other CSK batsmen in IPL 2020 and was the top scorer in 4 of the 13 matches he played last season as such his price of 4.0 to be the highest run scorer for CSK vs DC looks good value and again, the fact that he won’t need to overcome Kagiso Rabada a bowler that he averages just 8 against in the IPL makes that price even more attractive.

bet placed on du Plessis as top batsman @4.0

Top batsman DC betting tips and predictions CSK vs DC

We saw from our head to head preview of CSK vs DC that this is a ground that new DC captain Rishabh Pant has enjoyed in the past and you can pick up a bet on him to top score for DC at odds as short as 4.5. While he is in excellent form, I’m not sure that those odds offer particularly good value for a player who usually bats outside the top 3.

Pant top scored in just 1 of DC’s matches last season which is more of a reflection on the strength of the Capitals top 3 as it was on the batsman himself. As such, I think that laying against him to be top scorer is a decent way to go

lay against Pant as top batsman @1.25 (currently unmatched)

Top bowler CSK betting tips and predictions CSK vs DC

Again, it’s very difficult to pick a winner from amongst the pack to be top bowler for CSK in this match. Ngidi finished last year strongly and I think he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s IPL but as with many of the South African players he won’t be available until next week as he completes quarantine since arriving from international duty.

In the opening 6 games of last season, CSK had a different top wicket taker in each match which shows why at least at this early stage in the season, this is probably a market to avoid and unfortunately none of the exchanges offer lines to be able to lay against.

Top bowler DC betting tips and predictions CSK vs DC

With Rabada and Nortje both unavailable it does open the door to a few of the squad players to stake an early claim for more game time in IPL 2021 and could potentially lead to some more favourable odds on the DC top bowler market.

Sharma took 2 wickets in the powerplay in his last visit to the Wankhede

Ishant Sharma has a strike rate of just 16 at the Wankhede Stadium from his previous visits here in the IPL where the extra bounce and pace have seen him picked more often than not by his various franchises. It’s probably too early to tell whether he’ll play this time (he only made 1 appearance last season) but if he does then a bet at odds of 6.0 might not be the worst value in the world.

Live and in play betting tips CSK vs DC

Our head to head preview of CSK vs DC in IPL 2021 provides a lot useful information for those that are looking to bet live or in-play during the match.

The next batsmen out market looks attractive at the start of DC’s innings given that Deepak Chahar has had Prithvi Shaw on toast in their previous meetings. Chahar regularly bowls through the powerplay for CSK so he should get plenty of opportunity to add to the 5 times that he has dismissed Shaw in the past. By contrast, he’s only dismissed Dhawan once.

Chahar head to head record vs Prithvi Shaw IPL

CSK have been masters of strangling the opposition in the middle overs for many years in the IPL and Ravi Jadeja has been chief amongst those bowlers. He has a particularly good record vs Steve Smith as shown below and if Dhoni can get him into the game during a period when 2 right handers are in then expect the run rate to drop.

Jadeja head to head record vs Steve Smith IPL
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IPL 2021 MI vs RCB betting tips and predictions

IPL 2021, Match 01, April 9th MI vs RCB, betting tips and prediction for match winner, top batsman, top bowler, most fours, most sixes, highest runs in the powerplay. Analysis of pre-match and live in-play betting markets for the IPL fixture between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Free bets and offers MI vs RCB

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Winner MI vs RCB betting tips and predictions

Picking a winner from the opening game without any prior form is always a tough call. One thing we do know is that Mumbai Indians are notoriously slow starters to IPL tournaments and indeed they have worse win % from opening games in the IPL (30.8%) than any of the other 7 franchises competing this year.

At the same time, on a player by player basis Mumbai Indians do have a large portion of their squad coming into this game off the back of success with their various international teams and that can only be an advantage.

Both sides will be without left-handed openers in the form of Quinton de Kock who is finishing off with South Africa and Devdutt Paddikal who is recovering from Covid-19. Mumbai are likely to bring in Chris Lynn as a straight swap which already shows the kind of depth they are blessed with, while RCB have a tough call to make in regards who opens with Kohli.

The big question for me before betting on the winner of this game would be how will the pitch play? Back in the earlier days of the IPL, the pitches at Chennai regularly threw up high scoring contests but over the last couple of tournaments staged in India (IPL 2018 & 2019) the Super Kings produced slow turning wickets that had many sides struggling for runs.

In IPL 2019, no team scored 180+ in an innings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (worth noting if you are betting on the total innings runs markets) and CSK dominated all comers with the exception of eventual champions that year, the Mumbai Indians who beat CSK in both fixtures that they played them at this venue.

Mumbai Indians winners IPL 2019
MI were the only side to really get to grips with conditions in Chennai during IPL 2019

That being the case and given that MI have retained the core group of players who won 2 games here in 2019, if the pitch does look likely to be slow and/or turning then odds of around @1.65 for MI to win this game look very good indeed!

Top batsman MI betting tips and predictions MI vs RCB

It’s a shame that de Kock is unavailble because his poor record at this venue would have made him good value to lay money against him being the top scorer for Mumbai Indians and you’d image you’d get a decent price for that.

For me the risk of betting on any one MI batsman isn’t so much their form but more in the fact that MI have such strength throughout their line-up. As such dutching your bets across several of the batsmen might be the lower risk, lower reward way to go. MI’s top 4 batsmen were top scorers in 14 out their 16 matches in IPL 2020 and of course they will be without de Kock for this fixture.

BatsmanOdds to be MI top scorer% of total Stake
Rohit Sharma3.7537.21%
Ishan Kishan4.034.88%
Suryakumar Yadav5.027.91%
Odds from SkyBet accurate at time of posting

As such a bet of 10 units spread across these 3 batsmen using the % of total stake column would deliver a profit of 3.95 units.

Top batsman RCB betting tips and predictions MI vs RCB

RCB are going to be reliant on Virat Kohli to do most of the run scoring this year and you can bet that he will be very keen to prove any of the doubters wrong in regards his ability to open the batting. With Paddikal unavailable and RCB’s overseas stars AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell having had very little preparation in the run-up to the tournament as they come out of quarantine then backing Kohli to be top run scorer in the MI vs RCB fixture at odds of 3.25 looks like good value.

Indeed, AB de Villiers might well be worth laying against. The South African great had a steady season in 2020 but has not played competitive cricket since. He finished as his side’s top run scoring in an innings on 4 out 15 occasions last season. I’ve laid a bet against him at odds of 1.4 on the Betfair Exchange to see if anyone bites.

Top bowler Mumbai Indians betting tips and predictions

As noted in our head to head analysis, Krunal Pandya has an excellent record at this venue and against several of the RCB batsmen. The fact that RCB are also without a key left-handed batsman in Paddikal makes the threat of Krunal Pandya all the greater and a small stake on him at odds of 6.0 looks like good value especially if the pitch is dry (see above).

Again, there is a good dutching opportunity to back either Jasprit Bumrah or Trent Boult to be the top bowler for MI in this match. The pair were irresitable during last year’s IPL taking wickets in the powerplay and again at the death. 1 of the 2 was top bowler in 11 out of MI’s 16 matches last season so the below looks a very good offer

BowlerOdds to be MI top scorer% of total Stake
Jasprit Bumrah353.85%
Trent Boult3.546.15%
Odds from Bet365 accurate at time of posting
Most runs in the powerplay betting tips and predictions MI vs RCB

Our head to head stats show that Mumbai Indians have more fire power in the powerplay phase of the game and you can pick up a bet on them to score more runs in the first 6 overs at odds of 1.8.

Virat Kohli powerplay stats
Kohli’s record in the powerplay and as an opener *IPL stats only

Our in depth analysis of Kohli as an opener showed that he is not a particularly potent striker during the powerplay. RCB do have the option to go with the harder hitting Finn Allen but it would mean sacrificing one of their overseas spots that look likely to go to all-rounders or if it’s a turning pitch Adam Zampa.

Live and in play betting tips MI vs RCB

Our head to head preview of MI vs RCB in IPL 2021 provides a lot useful information for those that are looking to bet live or in-play during the match.

Sundar vs Rohit Sharma IPL head to head stats

I would expect Washington Sundar to bowl at least one over in the powerplay (possibly the first over of the innings) and his record vs Rohit Sharma and Chris Lynn’s struggles against spin in general will mean we are likely to see a below average number of runs from that over.

Pandya vs de Villiers IPL head to head stats

Other key match-ups will involve Krunal Pandya vs AB de Villiers, again a head to head record that is very much in favour of the bowler. On the flip side, de Villiers has targeted Trent Boult and Hardik Pandya in previous meetings so above average runs can be expected from overs involving any of those 3.

Boult vs de Villiers IPL head to head stats
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Has a batsman ever hit the sponsor’s car during an IPL game?

Batsman hits the sponsored car parked at IPL games

If you are an avid watcher of the IPL like I am, you’ll be used to the fact that inside the ground, on the boundary edge there is usually a car parked as part of a sponsorship deal between the manufacturer and the BCCI. Commentators are obviously under strict instructions to ensure that they get as many mentions as possible for the vehicle while on air and some of the segues between cricket and car are truly awful.

Personally, the only thing I can think of when watching that is remotely related to the car is whether a batsmen has ever hit it?

For those of us that play club cricket, seeing a car hit by a cricket ball is not an uncommon experience largely because the average club ground doesn’t have much in the way of protection between playing surface and car park. My dad had a lovely red cherry on the side of his Audi 100 back in the day where a stray cricket ball had hit it. Still, you’d have to be pretty idiotic to park your car on boundary edge in the way that you see in the IPL so I figured that there must have been a few incidents where it took a bit of a battering from some of the biggest six hitters in world cricket.

How not to park your car at a cricket match

Having searched the internet, the best I can come up with is yes, the sponsored car parked on the boundary edge at IPL matches has been hit at least twice!

The first time was by big hitting Aussie batsman Chris Lynn in a game vs Rajasthan Royals. To be quite frank, if you’re going to leave a car parked at cow corner while Lynn is on strike then you deserve a ball through your windscreen. However, despite Lynn’s six making direct contact with the glass, it didn’t break and instead it just set the alarm off.

Watch Chris Lynn hit the car here

The second time came during IPL 2020 when Jason Holder’s six hit the car in a game vs RCB. Holder only gets a partial credit though as he didn’t, as far as I can tell, get a direct hit like Lynn with the ball going over the car, hitting the advertising hoarding behind it and them bouncing back to hit the door.

Watch Jason Holder hit the car here

Both instances provided the commentators the perfect opportunity to wax lyrical about the vehicle’s fine construction, safety features and zzzzzzzz. Sorry I thought this was a cricket match not Top Gear!

It did however get me wondering as to whether the windscreens they install on the cars at the cricket are what you’d get if your bought one from a showroom. I mean it’s certainly not a great look from an advertising perspective to have a vehicle on display that has been smashed in by a cricket ball and perhaps in the knowledge that it was only a matter of time before a batsmen in the IPL hit the car that the manufacturers took action to reinforce at the very least the windscreen! Is bullet proof glass a standard feature of these cars because you feel that is what would be needed to survive a direct hit from a cricket ball like we see above!

Have you seen anymore examples of players hitting the sponsored car? Let me know in the comments so that I can add them to the list.

IPL 2021 RR vs PBKS Preview

IPL 2021, Match 04, April 12th RR vs PBKS, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Preview RR vs PBKS in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS.

RR vs PBKS head to head player stats

RR bowling vs PBKS batting

The big loss for Rajasthan Royals and indeed IPL 2021 and it’s fans is the news that last season’s MVP, Jofra Archer, is likely to miss most if not all of this year’s tournament. His head to head match up against this much vaunted PBKS top order would have been a sight to behold but c’est la vie, there is always next year.

It does however raise the serious question as to how the Royals will fill the Archer shaped hole in their bowling line-up? They certainly invested plenty during the auction on fast bowlers but that was more aimed at strengthening their options at the death and allowing Archer to be deployed in the powerplay.

RR's bowling stats in the powerplay
RR’s bowling stats in the powerplay

Andrew Tye would appear to have the best record of any of the candidates at least in the powerplay but it’s worth considering that since he won the purple cap back in IPL 2018 his career has been blighted by injury and while he has always had a variety of change ups and slower balls at his disposal, age and body have cut down his pace as a whole meaning he’s not a like for like swap for Archer at the top of the order.

The one match up in the Royals favour at the top of the order is that of Chris Morris vs Chris Gayle.

Morris head to head stats vs Gayle
Morris head to head stats vs Gayle

Otherwise, it’s tempting to say that the Punjab Kings are unlikely to be troubled by many of the options that RR have remaining. While they do have a couple of left-armers to call upon in Unadkat and Rahman (who is likely to be unavailable for this match) both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle average well above 50 vs LFM and have treated Unadkat with distain in the past. If Unadkat does start for the Royals then that is definitely a match-up to watch for!

As we can see above, RR do sometimes deploy Shreyas Gopal in the Powerplay but to do so in this fixture would be a high risk move particularly as Mayank Agarwal is likely to go after any slow bowling in the first 6 overs.

Gopal head to head stats v Agarwal
Gopal head to head stats v Agarwal

The other big concern for the Royals has to be the lack of finger spin options in their side. They are stacked full of wrist spinners in Gopal, Tewatia, Markande and a couple of others and have the part-time slow left-arm of Lomror if he plays but they don’t have a single right-arm off-spinner. Against a side with 2 big hitting left-handers in Pooran and Gayle that could prove very costly!

Pooran head to head stats v right-arm wrist spin
Pooran head to head stats v right-arm wrist spin

PBKS bowling vs RR batting

Again, we begin our focus on the powerplay bowling options for the Punjab Kings which last season was a real problem for them. Here are the IPL career records of their bowlers in the first 6 overs which are pretty dreadful.

PBKS bowling stats in the powerpla
PBKS bowling stats in the powerplay

Reinforcements have arrived by way of Australia in the form of Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson. One or both may play in this fixture depending on how the Kings opt to use their overseas quota and they do offer an extra dimension to their bowling attack that was sorely missed last year.

They’ll be up against a Royals top order that is full of talent in the form of Buttler, Samson and Stokes. The interesting thing to see will be exactly where these 3 bat and who ends up opening for the Royals.

If the Royals get through that initial onslaught then I’d expect to see their top order target the likes of Ashwin and Bishnoi and as I’ve noted in the PBKS season preview, there is a real lack of all-round options for the Kings this season so if any side can take down 1 or 2 of their primary bowlers then KL Rahul is likely to find himself in a difficult position.

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RR stats at the Wankhede Stadium

Jos Buttler knows this venue well from his time at Mumbai Indians while Sanju Samson averages just shy of 37 at the Wankhede compared to a career average of 27. Watch one of his top innings vs MI here

Sampson record at the Wankhede Stadium
Sampson record at the Wankhede Stadium

The Royals are in desperate need of a big season from their new captain whose talent is almost unparalleled in the IPL but who tends to blow a bit hot and cold. For his and his team’s sake, a fast start here is crucial.

Bowling wise, quite a few of Rajasthan’s players have impressive records at the Wankhede Stadium. Ben Stokes has 4 wickets at an average of 12 and economy under 6 on this pitch while Andrew Tye has been nothing short of lethal on this previous couple of visits here.

AJ Tye record at the Wankhede Stadium
AJ Tye record at the Wankhede Stadium
PBKS stats at the Wankhede Stadium

Both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have good records at this venue but it is the former that has put up some really big numbers on his previous visits to the Wankhede including this century from 2019

KL Rahul record at the Wankhede Stadium
KL Rahul record at the Wankhede Stadium

KL Rahul had a torrid time for India during the T20 series vs England but looked to be rediscovering the form that saw him win the Orange Cap last year during the ODI’s that followed. PBKS will need their seasoned pros like Rahul and fast bowler Mohammed Shami to step up if they are to break their run of failing to qualify for the IPL playoffs. Shami too has a good record here at the Wankhede stadium as shown below.

Shami record at the Wankhede Stadium
Shami record at the Wankhede Stadium
Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Based on the above our best Dream11 predictions for RR vs PBKS are as follows.

Rajasthan’s lack of penetration up front is a cause for concern and they come up against one of the best opening partnerships in the IPL which includes a KL Rahul who is both returning to form and has a very good record at this venue. Therefore KL Rahul seems like a good pick for your Dream11 team for RR vs PBKS and possibly as captain.

The spinners on both sides will be put under pressure at a venue where they can sometimes travel the distance so picks of Andrew Tye who at the rate at which Rajasthan Royals bowlers are becoming unavailable looks increasingly likely to start and who has a good record here seems a decent selection for Dream11 teams. Equally Mohammed Shami’s prior record here suggests he enjoys the quicker surface and he will surely lead this relatively young PBKS bowling attack once again.

Elsewhere big hitting overseas stars Ben Stokes and Nicolas Pooran all have indicators that suggest they can have a positive impact on the result of this match and should be considered as strong predictions for Dream11 RR vs PBKS. Finally captain of the Royals Sanju Sampson will surely be keen to get off to a winning start and build on his previous good record at the Wankhede.

KL Rahul – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

KL Rahul - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Ben Stokes – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Ben Stokes - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Sanju Sampson – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Sanju Sampson - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Mohammed Shami – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Mohammed Shami - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Andrew Tye – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Andrew Tye - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Nicolas Pooran – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Nicolas Pooran - Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS
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The Dream11 fantasy game for IPL 2021 is now live and fans can begin to select their teams in time for the start of the tournament next week. As usual, you are limited in your spending to 100 credits so finding the best value players in Dream11 IPL 2021 on a budget is a must. Here we consider the best players in Dream11 fantasy cricket whose price is 8 credits or less.

Given that the big star names in Dream11 fantasy cricket IPL 2021 will all cost you a minimum of 10 credits and maximum of 12 then it’s essential that you balance out your team selection and budget with a few bargain picks. Here we consider 11 players who will all cost you 8 credits or less in IPL 2021 and therefore can be considered the the best value players in the Dream11 fantasy game this season.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Batsman, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

Gaikwad had a brilliant finish to last season’s IPL with 3 half centuries as CSK closed out what had been a disappointing campaign with a late flourish. With Shane Watson having retired, a permanent spot has now opened at the top of the CSK order and Gaikwad is likely to be given first crack at nailing down a regular place in the starting XI. By default, players who usually bat in the top 3 should be more expensive so picking up Gaikwad at 8.0 credits for the Dream11 IPL 2021 season is definitely great value!

Rahul Tripathi – IPL 2021 Dream11 price 7.0 credits

Very much along the same lines as Gaikwad, Tripathi’s value as Dream11 pick is all the greater because if he does play it will be at the top of the order. I say “if” because there are no guarantees of his spot in the KKR side this season. Having left Rajasthan a couple of seasons ago, Tripathi has failed to really cement his place in the KKR line-up but the fact that they’ve not brought in reinforcements during the auction suggests that Tripathi will get some chances throughout the season. At the very least, picking Tripathi will free up funds to go for a couple more star names and therefore he is deserving of a mention in a list of bargain buys for Dream11 fantasy IPL 2021.

Priyam Garg, batsman, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 7.0 credits

The 20-year-old is yet another batting prodigy fresh off the Indian production line and he has already shown his skill at this level with a couple of knocks in the IPL including an unbeaten maiden fifty from just 23 balls in last season’s competition. SRH look likely to give him further opportunities in this year’s tournament and he comes into IPL 2021 off the back of some good form in domestic limited overs cricket. At a cost of just 7.0 credits in Dream11 IPL 2021 then he is certainly a good budget buy.

Abdul Samad, batsman, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 6.5 credits

Garg’s teammate at SRH and another precocious talent is Abdul Samad. He made his IPL debut last season at the age of just 18 and again SRH look keen to invest time in him with the hope that they can reap the rewards later down the line. As well as being an explosive batsman, Samad also offers a handy alternative with his wrist spin which may see him picking up a few bonus Dream11 points along the way. His price of 6.5 credits makes him one of the cheapest Dream11 fantasy players available in IPL 2021.

Vijay Shankar, all-rounder, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

Another SRH player who appears to be undervalued but then again this franchise as a whole seems to enjoy flying under the radar. Shankar’s career has stalled somewhat over the last couple of years thanks to a series of unfortunate injuries. He was part of India’s 2019 World Cup squad before an injury to his toe and was just starting to find form in the IPL last year when a hamstring injury ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. With Mitch Marsh unavailable for the season and Jason Holder currently with the West Indies squad, SRH will be looking to Shankar to provide both experience to a young middle/lower order and balance to the side with his medium fast bowling. Picking up a genuine all-rounder for 8.0 credits is one of the best value buys you can make in the IPL 2021 Dream11 fantasy game.

Harbhajan Singh, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

Having considered a couple of young guns as cheap batting options in IPL2021 Dream11, we move onto to cast our eye over a player over twice their age! Harbhajan wasn’t involved in the IPL last year and his lack of cricket over the last 18 months does mean that his selection comes with a bit of risk. However, with KKR playing their first few games on the turning pitches of Chennai where ‘The Turbinator’ has proved effective in the past, then if he is to get a run of games in IPL 2021 it will surely be at this venue. On a credit by years basis he is definitely the cheapest player in the Dream11 IPL 2021 fantasy game!

Lungi Ngidi, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

While Harbhajan might stand to benefit from fixtures in Chennai, Ngidi looks set to be a bowler who will be overjoyed that CSK will not be playing any of their games at home this season. In the 3 years that the South African pace bowler has been with the Super Kings he has never made an appearance at their home venue of the MA Chidambaram Stadium. When Ngidi has played it has usually been on bouncier tracks that will favour his style of bowling and with all games moving to neutral venues for IPL 2021 and Josh Hazlewood pulling out of the tournament, Ngidi could be primed to take on more of a staring role for CSK this year. Given his incredible strike rate in T20 cricket he is definitely one of the best value players in Dream11 IPL 2021.

Prasidh Krishna, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

As seen in the recent 50 overs series against England Prasidh Krishna is a fast bowler whose stock is on the rise at the moment. He picked up wickets in clutches against England which is no bad trait when trying to pick a Dream11 fantasy team but I think the thing that impressed me most was his ability to come back from being given a working over by England’s explosive top order. Many players would have let their heads drop and tried to hide out of the captain’s sight but Krishna returned with a vengeance particularly at the death where his yorkers were too good for the likes of Jos Buttler. It’s at the death that KKR are most likely to use him and as a result, his chances of picking up wickets and points are all the better. A cost of 8.0 credits to get him in your Dream11 side for IPL 2021 seems like a cheap price!

Mohammed Siraj, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 8.0 credits

Siraj has had a great period for the Indian Test side and his record in last year’s IPL was pretty good when he played. I’d expect him to be a first choice player this year with RCB looking to him to take wickets in the powerplay and then again at the death. Picking up a bolwer of his calibre for just 8.0 credits seems like a bit of no brainer and he certainly represents one of the best value buys in Dream11 IPL 2021.

Piyush Chawla, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 7.5 credits

Piyush Chawla has had a curious couple of years in the IPL. He was the most expensive Indian player to be purchased at the auction that was held at the end of 2019 with CSK no doubt keen to deploy him on the turning tracks of Chennai where they felt he’d be most effective. Shortly after their purchase, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to be played in the UAE where Chawla didn’t have the best time of it. Ironically, he was then purchased by Mumbai Indians who will begin IPL 2021 by playing their first 5 games in Chennai. Chawla will be vying for 1 spot in a very settled Mumbai team but the reigning champions must be tempted to deploy him alongside Rahul Chahar for those early games and if they do then 7.5 credits will seem like one of the best fantasy bargains of Dream11 2021.

Murugan Ashwin, bowler, IPL 2021 Dream11 price 7.0 credits

Another budget option for a leg-spinner is PBKS’s Murugan Ashwin. While Ashwin might not be the big spinning wicket taking phenomena of some of the more illustrious names you can choose from, he is still a mighty effective operator and with Punjab Kings strengthening their fast bowling options for this season he may yet find himself bowling in match situations which are more favourable. At the very least, you want players in your Dream11 side who are likely to feature and Ashwin has been a regular starter over the last couple of seasons making him a good value Dream11 pick for IPL 2021.

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Preview PBKS vs DC IPL 2021, Match 29, May 2nd, Narendra Modi Stadium. PBKS vs DC head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs DC. Key match stats PBKS vs DC Venue Stats – Narendra Modi Stadium Average first innings: 160 Average first innings winning score: 171 Average powerplay score: 47Continue reading “IPL 2021 PBKS vs DC Preview”

IPL 2021 SRH vs KKR Preview

IPL 2021, Match 03, April 11th SRH vs KKR, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Preview SRH vs KKR in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions.

SRH vs KKR head to head player stats

SRH bowling vs KKR batting

I’m prertty excited about Sunrisers chances in IPL 2021. I keep reading people describing them as “dark horses” for the title but to me it’s more the case that they aren’t quite as fashionable a franchise as say RCB who seem to garner pre-season excitement every season of the IPL regardless of the squad they have. SRH have a much more balanced side and their bowling in particular will be strong versus whoever they play in IPL 2021.

The return to form and fitness of Buvi is a massive plus for SRH this year and he will spearhead the bowling attack and look to strike early in the powerplay. One of the concerns I would have about KKR’s top order is that they lack that real gun player to get them off to a flyer during the powerplay as shown below.

KKR batting stats in the powerplay
KKR batting stats in the powerplay

In previous year’s they’ve relied on the pinch hitting of Sunil Narine but his returns have fallen over the past couple of season’s and Rahul Tripathi failed to really capitalise on the chances he was given at the top of the order since moving from Rajasthan.

When you couple that with the accuracy and economy of SRH’s powerplay bowling particularly in the form of Buvi and left-armer Sandeep Sharma then there is the chance that KKR will be behind the 8-ball from the off.

SRH's new ball options
SRH’s new ball options

Of course if you are behind the game versus this SRH bowling attack then chances are that you may need to take risks against Rashid Khan in the middle overs and the could spell disaster! The Afghan wrist spinner’s record against this current KKR squad is shown below

Rashid Khan head to head vs KKR
Rashid Khan head to head vs KKR

A lot of sides in the IPL seem to favour playing Rashid at about a run a ball and simply not losing wickets against him but I’m not sure that KKR can afford both a cautious approach at the start of the innings and then again during the middle overs. Something is going to have to give!

KKR certainly have the batsmen to make up the difference at the back end and they’ll be hoping for significantly better returns from the likes of Dre Russell and Dinesh Karthik this year. The big plus for Russell and perhaps the one weakness in the SRH attack is that they lack a bowler of genuine pace to give the big Jamaican a bit of a working over early in his innings – a tactic that has proved successful for many IPL sides in the past. Against regulation right-arm fast medium he tends to smash it!

Dre Russell head to head vs SRH right-arm fast medium bowlers
Dre Russell head to head vs SRH right-arm fast medium bowlers

KKR bowling vs SRH batting

KKR’s bowling line-up, much like their batting line-up, is one where a few of the players in IPL 2021 need to perform on a par with their reputations. In particular, the KKR spin department seems to have more options than you could shake a stick at. Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan are all on KKR’s books for IPL 2021 and particularly at this venue (see below) they could prove a handful if they get it right!

Certainly KKR would be tempted to open with spin vs the likes of Warner and Bairstow who would generally favour the ball coming onto the bat early in their innings. Narine has been their go to man in that regard but his IPL record vs David Warner is pretty poor.

Narine head to head record vs Warner
Narine head to head record vs Warner

If KKR are looking for a man to counter Warner’s threat at the top of the order then Harbhajan has an excellent head to head vs the Aussie but at 40-years-old and with so little cricket behind him of late how much of an on-field impact can he make?

KKR’s best chance in this match will be to make early in roads and then put pressure on what is likely to be an exciting but fairly inexperienced SRH middle order. Indeed, while there is some ball striking capability in the SRH team from youngsters like Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad it’s not comparable to what KKR can muster when they are on song at the death.

BatsmanDeath Overs S/RBalls per boundary at the death
Russell (KKR)209.203.02
Morgan (KKR)173.194.45
Garg (SRH)172.974.11
Karthik (KKR)167.924.30
Samad (SRH)162.265.30
Sharma (SRH)160.005.00
Shankar (SRH)157.385.38
Pandey (SRH)151.255.80
Strike rates of SRH and KKR middle orders at the death in the IPL

Death bowling was an issue for KKR at times during last season’s IPL so it’ll be fascinating to see what are arguably the 2 teams weaker suits go head to head in this fixture.

SRH stats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium

As described in our overall preview of the SRH team for IPL 2021, one of the major concerns for them will be the record of their captain and star batsmen David Warner across several of the venues they have been drawn to play at. Here is Warner’s record at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Warner IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Warner IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The fact of the matter is that Warner is not alone in his struggles at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The slow surface in Chennai is not conducive to big or fast scoring and therefore it’s likely to be the accumulators who are best suited to this venue.

Manish Pandey has a decent overall record at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and played a gem of an innings the last time SRH played here back in IPL 2019. These could be the ideal conditions for him again and his quiet consistency over the last couple of seasons was enough to get him back into the Indian limited overs squad for the tour to Australia last year. With a strong IPL 2021 he can push for a place in the T20 World Cup squad.

Pandey IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Pandey IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

None of SRH’s bowlers can point to having much of a prior record at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Buvi’s 3 wickets at an average of 31 are the most of any of their players and the last time that Rashid Khan played here he was taken for 44 from his 4 overs. In general, Rashid is a more effective bowler when there is a bit of pace and bounce in the pitch so while the pitch in Chennai will likely offer some turn, there is no guarantee that it will particularly suit the Afghan leggie.

KKR stats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium

KKR’s desire for Dre Russell to come good during IPL 2021 is even more pronounced when considering his record at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Again, this can perhaps be explained by that lack of bounce in the pitch here and the general absence of a really quick bowler for CSK who is able to hit the splice of the bat.

Russell IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Russell IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The big question for me is whether KKR opt to utilise the Turbinator at a venue where he’s been pretty much unplayable in the past. During CSK’s run to the final in IPL 2109, Harbhajan played 11 matches most of which came at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and took 19 wickets. He did for both Jonny Bairstow and David Warner the last time either of them played an IPL match here.

Harbhajan IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Harbhajan IPL stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Not to the labour the point too much but the MA Chidambaram Stadium is a pitch where CSK have shown that having a variety of slow and change up bowlers is a very effective weapon. I’d expect KKR to field 3 front line spinners in this fixture to control the game in exactly the same manner.

Impact of spin by IPL venue
Impact of spin by IPL venue
Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Based on the above our best Dream11 predictions for SRH vs KKR are as follows.

Form and fitness are the big question marks for Andre Russell coming into IPL 2021 but his record at this ground and the lack of a genuine fast bowler for SRH mean that he is still worth consideration as a pick for Dream11 captain SRH vs KKR. If KKR do opt to go for the 3 front line spinners then his importance as a death bowler will also become more pronounced and those allrounder points could be crucial for Dream11 fantasy players.

Elsewhere we’ve seen that Manish Pandey has a decent record at this venue and Buvi comes into the game off the back of some impressive form for the national side and seems a must for most Dream11 SRH v KKR teams. If we assume that the MA Chidambaram Stadium is very much a horses for courses type of venue then picking slower bowlers in your Dream11 side for the SRH vs KKR match seems to be the way go and a selection out of left field would be to go for 40-year-old Harbhajan Singh.

Andre Russell – Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Andre Russell - Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Buvi Kumar – Dream 11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Buvi Kumar - Dream 11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Harbhajan Singh – Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Harbhajan Singh - Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Manish Pandey – Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

Manish Pandey - Dream11 predictions SRH vs KKR

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DC vs KKR preview IPL

IPL 2021 DC vs KKR Preview

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IPL 2021 CSK vs DC preview

IPL 2021, Match 02, April 10th CSK vs DC, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Preview CSK vs DC in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions.

CSK v DC head to head player stats

Delhi Capitals bowlers v Chennai Super Kings batsmen

Delhi’s balanced bowling attack is one of the primary reasons that they have been transformed from perennial no hopers to genuine title challengers so in previewing the CSK vs DC fixture it’ll be key to consider how the men in yellow will front up to a such multi faceted bowling unit.

We’ll start with the pace bowlers vs CSK’s top order and it’s going to be very much South Africa vs South Africa with Nortje and Rabada up against Faf du Plessis. Faf in general has a strong record against right arm quick bowlers but he’s been coming off 2nd best against Rabada in their recent IPL meetings

Rabada head to head record vs du Plessis
Rabada head to head record vs du Plessis

Similarly young Ruturaj Gaikwad has a good record against right arm fast-medium bowling averaging as he does 106 in his relatively short career.

With a host of right-handers at the top of the order, DC may well be tempted to bowl Axar Patel early on. However du Plessis actually has a very good record against left arm spin and while Patel has limited his scoring in previous meetings to a strike rate of 116, he’s only managed to dismiss him once at a cost of 70 runs. Similarly, Ambati Rayudu is happy to take on the left arm spinner as shown below.

Axar Patel head to head record vs Rayudu
Axar Patel head to head record vs Rayudu

Considering those spinners, Ashwin and Mishra both have favourable records vs Robin Uthappa although it remains to be seen whether he will feature in CSK’s starting XI. MS Dhoni meanwhile has a good record against this DC bowling attack with the exception of the 2 South African quicks who have troubled him in previous meetings.

Chennai Super Kings bowlers v Delhi Capitals batsmen

Prithvi Shaw comes into this year’s IPL off the back of a brilliant season in domestic cricket but waiting to bring him back down to earth is CSK’s opening bowler Deepak Chahar. If previous games are anything to go by then Chahar is likely to bowl 2 or 3 overs up front so Shaw will certainly be seeing plenty of him again in this fixture and you can bet that in the team preview of this match both sides will have highlighted this match-up

Chahar head to head record vs Prithvi Shaw
Chahar head to head record vs Prithvi Shaw

Chahar’s record is even better vs Ajinke Rahane but whether he will play in this fixture remains to be seen. With Iyer out injured, DC have the choice over whether to play Rahane or whether to go for Steve Smith. If it is the later then i’d image that CSK will bring on at least one of their left-arm options against him. Sam Curran has dismissed the Aussie cheaply on a couple of occasions but Ravi Jadeja has an even better record vs the former Royals captain.

Jadeja head to head record vs Steve Smith
Jadeja head to head record vs Steve Smith

However with DC having plenty of left handed batsmen including Dhawan, Pant, Axar Patel and possibly Shimron Hetmyer as well then the impact of Jadeja may be curbed. Indeed against the first 3 batsmen named above he averages 98 with the ball and has an economy rate just shy of 10 an over!

Leg spin against these left-hander is likely to be Dhoni’s preferred option and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in that department with Imran Tahir having had so little cricket of late.

CSK stats at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Both Ambati Rayudu and DJ Bravo know this venue very well from their time at MI. In general it’s a pitch where CSK’s wrist spinners have found success in previous visits and CSK may well be dependent on the likes of Tahir and Bravo rolling back the years to once again deliver at the Wankhede Stadium.

CSK bowling stats at the Wankhede Stadium
CSK bowling stats at the Wankhede Stadium

While having had less playing time here than a few of the others noted above, this is a venue that Moeen Ali has enjoyed playing at with both bat and ball. On his last visit to the Wankhede Stadium, Mo hit 50 from 32 balls and took 2 for 14 from his 4 overs! You can watch the match highlights here

DC Stats at the Wankhede Stadium

Newly anointed DC captain Rishabh Pant is definitely a man who enjoys his trips to the Wankhede Stadium as his record below shows.

Pant batting stats at the Wankhede Stadium
Pant batting stats at the Wankhede Stadium

A good chunk of the runs he has scored here in the past came during this blistering knock of 72 back in IPL 2019. It’ll be interesting to see how the burden of captaincy impacts his game and whether his care free spirit is suited to the top job.

On the other hand, the man who was making noises to suggest that he was open to being offered the DC captaincy, Steve Smith, has a pretty lousy record at the Wankhede managing just 92 runs in his last 5 visits at an average of 18.

The choice that DC will then need to make is who to play as their 5th frontline bowler. They have the options of Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra who we can see from the stats below both have good records at the Wankhede or they could opt for Praven Dubey or Umesh Yadav. It is indeed a strong bowling attack both in regards the playing XI and bench depth.

DC bowling stats at the Wankhede stadium
DC bowling stats at the Wankhede stadium
Dream11 predictions CSK v DC

Based on the above our best Dream11 predictions for CSK v DC are as follows.

Rishabh Pant or Kagiso Rabada look like that best Dream11 predictions to be captain for CSK v DC. Pant’s recent form in the white ball series against England also mean that he’ll hit the ground running in this fixture.

Chahar, Ashwin and Bravo also have good enough head to head records and or favourable stats at the Wankhede to warrant selection as core players for those selecting multiple Dream11 teams. Moeen Ali’s good finish to the ODI series, his previous performances at the Wankhede and the fact that DC will have 3 or 4 left handers in their top 7 mean that he too is a smart pick for Dream11 fantasy teams.

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IPL 2021 MI vs RCB preview head to head player and venue stats

IPL 2021, Match 01, April 9th MI vs RCB, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Preview MI vs RCB in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Mumbai Indians and RCB at this venue plus best Dream11 predictions for MI vs RCB.

MI v RCB head to head player stats

RCB bowlers v MI batsmen

In any T20 game, delivering key match ups of batsmen vs bowlers is the role of any on field captain and the plethora of coaching staff that back them up. Here we consider the head to head stats of Mumbai Indians and RCB to show where those match-ups will be during the game itself

Spin, as we’ll examine in greater detail below, will be a key feture of the games played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and RCB’s main threat with ball, Yuzvendra Chahal has an excellent head to head record against several of the Mumbai Indians batsmen

Chahal head to head record vs de Kock
Chahal head to head record vs de Kock

As we can see, Chahal certainly has the better of Quinton de Kock in previous IPL encounters and in general, de Kock’s record against wrist spinners is fairly poor particularly for a left-hander.

de Kock's head to head record vs wrist spin
de Kock’s head to head record vs wrist spin

We saw in the recent T20 series between India and England that Eoin Morgan usually opened the bowling with Adil Rashid against India’s right-handers, one of whom was Rohit Sharma whose strike rate vs Chahal in the IPL is just 93. Might RCB consider doing the same against Mumbai especially given that de Kock has a weakness against him? RCB could also opt to play Adam Zampa if they wish to bolster their spin options and not leave themselves short in the middle overs.

Chahal's IPL record bowling in the powerplay
Chahal’s IPL record bowling in the powerplay

Indeed, MI’s batting line-up has a much better head to head record vs the right-arm seamers that RCB are likely to play with. Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini have just a single IPL wicket between them vs MI’s first choice top 4. Even if they lack the penetration against the MI batsmen that the spinners may have, it will be crucial that RCB’s seamers at the very least maintain pressure and ensure that Mumbai are forced to take risks against the likes of Chahal.

Of course another slow bowling option at the top of the order for RCB is Washington Sundar and again his record vs Mumbai’s openers is impressive. As well as the stats vs Rohit below, de Kock has struggled to get him away in the past, with an IPL career strike rate of just 64 vs the off-spinner!

Sundar head to head record vs Rohit Sharma
Sundar head to head record vs Rohit Sharma

MI bowlers vs RCB batsmen

In general, RCB’s top order have an excellent record vs Mumbai’s main strike bowler in Jasprit Bumrah. Virat Kohli averages 40 against his international colleague while AB de Villiers averages 53! The man Bumrah certainly holds the wood over though is Glenn Maxwell whom he’s dismissed 4 times in his IPL career and as such I’d expect that MI will hold Bumrah back for at least 2 overs towards the death so that they can bring this match-up in to play if necessary.

Maxwell head to head stats v MI
Maxwell head to head stats v MI

In fact, Maxwell’s head to head record in the IPL against this current MI bowling line-up is pretty poor and you’d imagine that after commanding another hefty fee in this year’s auction the pressure will be on the Australian to deliver early.

Some of the most intriguing head to head battles in this match will involve AB de Villiers. His IPL stats against some of Mumbai’s seamers are very impressive while equally against their spinners he has struggled. My guess would be when he comes to the crease, he’s not going to face a huge amount of pace at least early in his innings.

Boult head to head vs de Villiers
Boult head to head vs de Villiers

While de Villiers hasn’t faced a great deal of bowling from Boult his record vs left-arm seamers in general is very impressive and you’d imagine that he’ll be targeting the Kiwi if he gets a chance.

de Villiers vs left-arm fast medium bowling in the IPL
de Villiers vs left-arm fast medium bowling in the IPL
Hardik Pandya head to head vs de Villiers
Hardik Pandya head to head vs de Villiers

Similarly, expect Hardik Pandya to fain another back injury when AB walks out to bat. The South African has nearly a century of runs vs Mumbai’s number 1 all-rounder.

Of course, Hardik can always rely on his brother for a helping hand. Krunal Pandya’s record vs AB de Villiers is very good and as we’ll see below he has been particularly effective at this venue.

Krunal Pandya head to head vs de Villiers
Krunal Pandya head to head vs de Villiers

Furthermore, Mumbai Indians may opt to play Piyush Chawla who equally has a very good record vs AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. Chawla is a curious case having been the most expensive Indian purchase in the auction for IPL 2020. CSK undoubtedly believed that they would be able to utlise him to good effect at this very ground before COVID-19 intervened and by happy coincidence, Chawla will get the chance to play in Chennai albeit for Mumbai as a result of the way the fixtures have fallen in IPL 2021.

Mumbai Indians stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Really, with the exception of Trent Boult who has taken just a single wicket in his previous 2 visits here at a cost of 71 runs, the rest of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack enjoys playing at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

MI bowling record at MA Chidambaram Stadium
MI bowling record at MA Chidambaram Stadium

2 players stand out, as much for their economy rate as for their wicket taking here and that is the spin duo of Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar. If RCB fail to get off to a quick start, then it seems likely that these 2 will strangle them in the middle overs at this ground.

Krunal Pandya bowling stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium
Krunal Pandya bowling stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium
Rahul Chahar bowling stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium
Rahul Chahar bowling stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium

Batting wise, the MA Chidambaram’s slow nature has never been conducive to big or fast scoring matches in the IPL. Suryakumar Yadav averages 87 batting here but has a strike rate of just 109 suggesting it will be a venue that favours accumulation through the middle overs. The advantage for Mumbai Indians will be their big hitters in the middle order. If the top order can build a platform then the likes of Pollard and Pandya will be able to push them on during the back end of the innings. In that regards, Hardik has scored at a strike rate of 154 at this ground and never been dismissed here in the IPL.

The big concern again for MI would be the record of Quinton de Kock at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as shown below.

de Kock batting stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium
de Kock batting stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium
RCB stats at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

As for RCB, the fact that they have a largely inexperienced team means that the data we have particularly for their bowlers at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is fairly limited and their records are of no particular note. Chahal has a couple of wickets here on his last 2 visits and much like we saw with MI’s spinners, he is particularly difficult to score off on this pitch going for just 5.3 runs an over.

RCB batting record at MA Chidambaram Stadium
RCB batting record at MA Chidambaram Stadium

Batting wise, Kohli and de Villiers have the best records of any established players at this venue. Again you feel that it’ll be down to the top order to get RCB off to a solid start if they are to make a competitive total in this game. While Devdutt Padikkal may not have ever played an IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium he has shown in his early career that he is very good player of slow bowling, averaging as he does 54.33 vs spin. I we assume that this match will ultimately be a trial by spin then he would appear to have the game to combat it.

Dream11 predictions MI v RCB

Based on the above, our top 5 picks for your Dream11 teams for the opening fixture of IPL 2021 are as follows.

Krunal Pandya

Krunal Pandya Dream11

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal Dream11

Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard Dream11

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli Dream11

Rahul Chahar

Rahul Chahar Dream11

If you are predicting multiple Dream11 teams then these 5 players should make up your core picks and captain selection with others rotated in and out as you see fit.

All of the stats used to create this blog are available on t20headtohead.com

IPL 2021 Top wicket taker predictions for every team

Having provided tips on the best picks for the most wickets in the tournament overall, we turn our attention to predictions for the top wicket taker at each of the 8 IPL 2021 teams including CSK, DC, KKR, MI, PBKS, RCB, RR and SRH.

Once again we are faced with most IPL teams having 2 or 3 realistic options to be their top wicket taker in 2021 and therefore this article looks to establish which of those options presents the best value tip and where in some cases hedging your bets across multiple bowlers might be the best way to go when considering who a franchise’s leading wicket taker will be this year.

CSK top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Shardul Thakar

The man with the golden arm or more yellow I guess when it comes to playing for CSK! Thakar has been a potent wicket taker for India in white ball cricket these past couple of years and CSK will hope that he can take that form into IPL 2021 as they look to climb back up the table. His ability to bowl into the surface and make batsmen hit cross batted shots to fielders waiting in the deep is his primary strength and with CSK not having a huge number of options at the death, he may well get the chance to pick up wickets during a phase of the game when risk taking is at its highest. The best thing about Thakar is you can back him at very generous odds of 7.0 to be CSK’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021!

Thakur has been a potent wicket taker for India in all forms of cricket over the last few months
Delhi Capitals top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Kagiso Rabada

Rabada is of course the favourite both to be Delhi’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021 and to defend his purple cap from last season. His potency at the death is well known and he has the added bonus this year of playing on pitches that are likely to suit quick bowlers. He already has an excellent record at the Wankhede and Eden Garden where DC play 8 of their matches and we saw from the recently completed T20 series between India and England that the new stadium in Ahmedabad also offers something for the quicks. As such he definitely deserves his favourite tag and you back him to be DC’s leading wicket taker in 2021 at odds of 2.20.

KKR top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Pat Cummins is the favourite to be KKR’s top wicket taker but we saw him struggle to live up to his price tag last season and in general I think that picking bowlers who bowl their overs at the death is the way to go when trying to find value and with Cummins he’s likely to be used primarily in the powerplay.

Prasidh Krishna

As such Prasidh Krishna who impressed on debut for India recently and demonstrated an ability to hit a good yorker could yet be the man to back as KKR’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021. Even in his fledgling career to date he strikes at a wicket every 2 overs at the death compared to Cummins who is closer to 3 in that regard. You can also get very good value on him topping the wicket taking charts for his team at odds of 9.0

Varun Chakravarthy

If backing a youngster like Prasidh to be leading wicket taker is a little bit of a long shot for you then you might consider hedging your bets with some money on Varun Chakravarthy. Chakravarthy was sent home from India’s T20 squad for failing a fitness test but the fact that he was invited in the first place in a country not short on spin options shows what a rare talent he his. Having a bowler capable of spinning the balls both ways is a must in T20 cricket and KKR are likely to see Chakravarthy as their main man in that respect during IPL 2021. With their opening 3 games on the spinning tracks of Chennai, Chakravarthy has a great chance to get ahead in the race to be KKR’s top wicket taker and you can back him at odds of 4.5

Chakravarthy has had a meteoric rise to the IPL
Mumbai Indians top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Jasprit Bumrah

Again, we are offering a prediction for a bowler here who will be delivering the bulk of his overs at the business ends of the innings where statistically the most wickets will fall. Of course, Bumrah has a rich pedigree as a specialist death bowler and it’s no great surprise that he is the favourite to be Mumbai Indians leading wicket taker again in IPL 2021. You can back him to regain that crown at odds of 2.10

Rahul Chahar

Smart money will also be staked on young Rahul Chahar who as a wrist spinner has the luxury of bowling in part of an attack that he knows will offer very few freebies to the opposition batsmen. As a result, teams will be forced to go after Chahar and that is where he is at his most dangerous. Mumbai will also be starting their tournament with 5 matches on the turning tracks of Chennai where Chahar should be in his element. You can back him to finish at MI’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021 at odds of 4.5

Punjab Kings top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

PBKS are a tricky one to provide a prediction for because their bowling attack has undergone such radical changes in the close season and it’s difficult to tell who will be first choice amongst their overseas seam options. As such it’s probably best to stick to the home grown bowler options of Mohammed Shami at odds of 2.75 or Ravi Bishnoi at 4.50 to be their top wicket taker of IPL 2021 for the simple reason that they are likely to play all the games! At the same time, I don’t believe that either represents fantastic value for money for a team that had problems taking regular wicket throughout last year’s tournament.

RCB top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Yuzvendra Chahal

The little leggie has been way out in front as RCB’s leading wicket taker for the past 2 IPL seasons and with RCB making few real changes to that bowling line-up it’s difficult to see who will prevent Chahal making it 3 years in a row. You can back him to continue to be his team’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021 at odds of 2.10.

Mohammed Siraj

If you do fancy at outsider to take Chahal’s top wicket taker crown at RCB then Siraj may be the man to back. He only played 9 IPL matches last season but managed to take 11 wickets in that time at a better strike rate than Chahal. If he gets more overs this year then he certainly should at the very least close the gap between the rest of the attack and Chahal and as such backing him at odds of 6.0 to be RCB’s leading wicket taker in IPL 2021 looks like good value.

Rajasthan Royals top wicket predictions IPL 2021

With last season’s MVP Jofra Archer likely to miss most it not all of IPL 2021, the field to be The Royals top wicket taker for IPL 2021 has been thrown wide opn.

Chris Morris

The Royals paid a record sum at auction for Chris Morris because he has real pedigree as a death bowler who strikes once every 11 deliveries during the final 5 overs of matches in the IPL. Of course, he would have been most effective in a side that had Archer’s wicket taking prowess in the powerplay and it remains to be seen whether RR will look to replace their injured star man and help to balance the attack. Still you can back Morris to be Rajasthan’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021 at odds of 5.0

Morris picked up wickets in clutches last IPL season for RCB. Can he be more consistent for the Royals?
SRH top wicket taker predictions IPL 2021

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Buvi was also our number 1 prediction to win the purple cap in IPL 2021 and again for SRH he represents great value at odds of 4.33 to continue his return to form and fitness and finish the season as the team’s top wicket taker. Dangerous with the new ball and brilliant at the death, Buvi is primed to lead a strong SRH attack that could yet challenge for the title in IPL 2021.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan is the favourite to be SRH’s leading wicket taker in the IPL at odds of 2.20 and given his consistency over the past few seasons you can see why. Even where many teams have been happy to sit on Rashid and see his 4 overs out, the Afghan master spinner has been able to break through and with Buvi back in the attack it’s debatable as to whether sides will have the luxury of seeming him out this year. As such even at the relatively short odds on offer, he represents a good bet to be his team’s top wicket taker in IPL 2021.