IPL 2021 PBKS vs CSK Preview

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

Key match stats PBKS vs CSK preview

Venue

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

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Team form PBKS vs CSK preview

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

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

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

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

Preview PBKS vs CSK head to head stats

PBKS bowling vs CSK batting

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

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

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

Shami vs CSK top 7 IPL head to head record

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

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

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

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

CSK bowling vs PBKS batting

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

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

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

Sharma vs Gayle & Hooda IPL head to head records

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

Ngidi vs PBKS top 3 IPL head to head record

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

Chahar vs KL Rahul IPL head to head record

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

Jadeja vs Gayle IPL head to head record

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IPL 2021 RR vs DC Preview

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

Key match stats RR vs DC

Venue

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

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Team form RR vs DC

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

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

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

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

RR vs DC head to head stats

RR bowling vs DC batting

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

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

Gopal vs Shaw IPL head to head record

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

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

Dhawan vs left-arm fast medium bowling in the IPL

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

Rahman vs Pant IPL head to head record

DC bowling vs RR batting

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

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

Rabada’s record at the death in the IPL

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

Avesh Khan vs Buttler IPL head to head record

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

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

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

All head to head player stats can be found here

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB Preview

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

Key match stats SRH vs RCB

Venue

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

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Team form SRH vs RCB

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

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

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

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

SRH vs RCB head to head player stats

SRH bowling vs RCB batting

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

Sandeep vs Kohli IPL head to head record

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

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

Holder vs RCB in IPL 2020

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

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

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

Rashid Khan vs de Villiers IPL head to head record

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

RCB bowling vs SRH batting

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

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

Abdul Samad’s IPL stats in the final 5 overs

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

Chahal vs Warner IPL head to head record

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

Chahal vs Pandey, Saha & Bairstow IPL head to head record

IPL 2021 KKR vs MI Preview

IPL 2021, Match 05, April 13th KKR vs MI, MA Chidambaram Stadium. Preview KKR vs MI in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions KKR vs MI.

Key match stats KKR vs MI

Venue

  • Average first innings score at the MA Chidambaram Stadium: 163.50
  • Average first innings winning score at MA Chidambaram Stadium: 173.82
  • Average powerplay score at MA Chidambaram Stadium: 46.54
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 58.62% vs 39.66%

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Team form KKR vs MI

  • KKR – W
  • MI – L
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, MI won by 49runs & MI won by 8 wickets
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IPL 2021 KKR vs MI Preview

Here we preview 2 teams with very contrasting fortunes in their opening games.

It really isn’t any great surprise that MI lost their opening fixture as they are notoriously slow starters but as with many great tournament sides they do tend to ensure that they peak at the right time. Still with the IPL being such a competitive league back to back defeats might just start to sow a little bit of doubt into the minds of the reigning champions about their ability to make it 3 in a row and you’d imagine we’ll get a reaction from them here today.

As for KKR, things couldn’t really have gone any better in their opening match. The 2 areas of concern from last season’s IPL were runs and wickets in the powerplay and KKR managed both against a very strong SRH team. Anyone who has listened to KKR coach Brendon McCullum of late will have heard how bullish he is about his side’s chances in IPL 2021 and with a start like that it looks to be more than just hot air.

KKR vs MI head to head player stats

KKR bowling vs MI batting

As we can see from the team form above, the previous couple of meetings of KKR vs MI have finished as very comfortable wins for the men in blue and gold. On both occasions, KKR struggled to make early inroads into this much-vaunted Mumbai batting line-up ( just 1 powerplay wicket in those 2 games from last season’s IPL) and as a result, MI cruised home without having to use their ample hitting power in the lower middle order.

It will be interesting to see whether KKR choose to stay with Harbhajan Singh for this game vs MI after the experienced spinner bowled just a solitary over in the opening match. They do have depth on the bench in regards to bowlers including Shivam Mavi who took respectable figures vs MI in IPL 2020.

Shivam Mavi bowling figures vs MI IPL last season

In their opening game of IPL 2021 against RCB, it looked like MI were on course to build a score of 170+ before falling away badly in the final part of their innings and letting Kohli’s RCB back into the game. It’d be a major surprise if that were to continue to happen and of course, if they do need to utilise them then MI have a couple of the best death over strikers in the IPL, with Hardik Pandya, in particular, having an excellent record against this KKR bowling line-up. The below shows Pandya’s cumulative head to head IPL record against all of KKR’s current bowlers

Pandya’s head to head record vs KKR bowling attack

Eoin Morgan, as he likes to do, threw a bit of a curve ball at us in the opening match of IPL 2021 by using Krishna in the powerplay and saving Cummins for later in the innings, the reverse of many thought would be the case. Perhaps the biggest plus for KKR though was that Andre Russell was able to bowl and bowl well at the death. If he remains fit then KKR look to have a lot of complimentary bowling options to choose from.

There are a couple of KKR’s spinners who have a positive record vs MI as we can see below. Despite top-scoring for MI in their opening fixture, Chris Lynn looked all at sea against the leg-spin of Chahal and you’d imagine that he will be replaced by Quinton de Kock for this fixture. If not, then we may see him struggle again on this slow Chennai wicket especially given his head to head record against the likes of Shakib Al-Hassan.

Shakib vs Lynn IPL head to head record

MI bowling vs KKR batting

One of the key points in MI’s opening game defeat was the injury to Hardik Pandya that prevented him from bowling. As soon as I saw that he was unable to throw the ball in from the deep and therefore highly unlikely to bowl, I placed a fairly large bet on RCB to win the match. We’ll never know what might have transpired had Hardik have been able to bowl but I think the slowness of the surface at the MA Chidambaram Stadium would have suited his cutters and MI might well have come away with a win had he have had the ball in hand. at some point during the RCB innings.

If he is unable to bowl again in this game then one man who will be mightly relieved is Shubman Gill who has been dismissed by Pandya 3 times from just 5 deliveries!

Pandya vs Gill IPL head to head record

KKR’s top order and in particular Nitish Rana got them off to a flier in the game against SRH. It was noticeable that neither Buvi nor Sandeep Sharma managed to swing the ball up front and SRH are without any real pace or hit the deck bowlers to compensate when that happens. Against MI, KKR are likely to be tested far more in that regard with Bumrah and Jansen having bowled well against RCB.

KKR’s strength is of course in their middle to lower order and if they come off then it will be a sight to behold. Match-ups such as Bumrah vs Russell at the death are why the IPL remains the premier T20 league and in that particular regard, the Indian quick has the upper hand with his ability to bowl the yorker but also cramp up Russell with a few short ones into his body, a tactic that has worked well in the past.

Bumrah vs Russell IPL head to head record

Find full KKR vs MI IPL 2021 head to head stats here

IPL 2021 RR vs PBKS betting tips and predictions

IPL 2021, Match 04, April 12th RR vs PBKS, 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 Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.

The below analysis looks to establish value in the odds on offer for the match between RR vs PBKS 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.

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Winner RR vs PBKS betting tips and predictions

Two sides that have struggled in recent years to make an impact on the tournament’s later stages meet in their opening game of IPL 2021. Relatively speaking both franchises were fairly busy in the auction and particularly in the fast bowler market. With the game taking place on the quicker surface of the Wankhede Stadium this will give a chance for a few of those overseas quicks to show what they’re made of.

This is also likely to be a match between two sides whose stronger suit is their batting. It’ll be fascinating to see how Rajasthan’s top 4 shapes up and where they opt to bat the likes of Stokes and Buttler. While we have a pretty good idea as to who will open for Punjab Kings the bigger question remains who will bat number 3 with Chris Gayle and Dawid Malan fighting for that spot.

In terms of initial line-ups, it’s also going to interesting to see how both sides balance their starting XIs. RR could well come into this match with 6 or 7 genuine bowling options such is the depth of their all-rounder pool while for PBKS the one thing missing from their squad is that gun all-rounder who is worth their place in the team with either bat or ball.

The odds being offered here tell you how close this match-up is on paper with The Royals available at evens to win and Punjab Kings slight favourites at a best price of 1.94. That is probably a fair reflection of things particularly considering the disruption to Rajasthan’s plans with the injury to last season’s IPL MVP Jofra Archer.

Top batsman betting tips and predictions RR vs PBKS

Buttler, Stokes and Samson all have the shortest odds for RR in the top batsmen market for the home team and you’d imagine that this will be the pattern of things throughout IPL 2021. If predicting which one will be top scorer is too much of a risk then you can dutch all 3 at cumulative odds of 1.32 and given that 1 of these 3 has been RR’s top batsman in 6 out of their last 7 matches then that might not be such a bad bet.

Sanju Samson’s IPL record at the Wankhede

bet placed RR top batsman (Buttler, Stokes or Samson) cumulative odds 1.3194

There is no major surprise that KL Rahul is the favourite to be highest scorer for PBKS in this match. The current orange cap holder top scored in 5 out of his sides 14 matches in last year’s IPL and he comes into this game off the back of good form against England in the ODI series. His record at the Wankhede is also excellent and he’ll be looking to get his side off to a strong start leading from the front. The fact that Rajasthan are without their primary strike bowler in the powerplay makes odds of Rahul being top run scorer for PBKS look even more attractive

KL Rahul averages 80 at the Wankhede Stadium

bet placed PBKS top batsman KL Rahul odds of 3.0

Top bowler betting tips and predictions RR vs PBKS

With Archer out the wicket taking responsibility is likely to fall on the broad shoulders of record signing Chris Morris. The South African is not only one of the best death bowlers in the history of the IPL but he is also one of the most effective bowlers vs left-handed batsmen that the IPL has ever seen as his previous head to head record vs Chris Gayle suggests.

Had Rajasthan have had the wickets of Archer up front and the impact of Morris at the back end of an innings then they would have been a very dangerous looking side. As things stand it’s difficult to see who will provide those initial break throughs for RR in this match and throughout the season.

PBKS can certainly sympathise with RR’s problem in regards penetration in the powerplay as it was a major weak point for them last season. The recruitment of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith is designed to rectify that problem but it will be a steep learning curve for the pair as they look to adapt to conditions with less pace and bounce. I’d imagine that Richardson will get the nod ahead of Meredith and partner Mohammed Shami who himself is coming off a period of 4 months without any cricket following a broken arm while touring Australia.

Most runs in the powerplay betting tips and predictions

You can back RR to score the most runs in the first 6 overs vs PBKS at odds of 2.1

You can back PBKS to score the most runs in first 6 overs vs RR at odds of 2.0

I’ve done both so baring a tie then I will be taking home some profit on this prediction by splitting my stake (51.22% to RR and 48.78% to PBKS)

Live in play betting tips and predictions RR vs PBKS

We begin by looking at the overall stats and records for the Wankhede Stadium to allow you to make predictions in play against the historical average

Average powerplay score at the Wankhede: 45.69

Average last 5 overs score at the Wankhede: 60.91

As an average powerplay the Wankhede offers the lowest scoring first 6 overs of all the venues being used during IPL 2021. That is probably in part a result of the pitch doing a little bit up front and also because Mumbai Indians have favoured solid starts with the ability to explode at the back of an innings.

Average score batting first at the Wankhede: 166

Average winning score batting first at the Wankhede: 177

All in all then it’d be fair to say that the side batting first will want to score a minimum 180 on this pitch especially as we’ve noted that both sides strength is in their batting line-ups.

In regards head to head match-ups to take note of throughout the game

As noted above, Chris Morris is one of the few bowlers who can say that he’s had the wood over Chris Gayle during his IPL career.

If Rajasthan opt to use spin in the powerplay then we can be safe in our prediction that Mayank Agarwal will attack it as his head to head vs Shreyas Gopal shows

Equally, Nicolas Pooran has an excellent record against wrist spinners and with Rajasthan likely to play 2 of them then he too will look to be positive in the middle overs.

Pooran’s IPL stats vs wrist spin

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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
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 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
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

Ben Stokes – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Sanju Sampson – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Mohammed Shami – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Andrew Tye – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

Nicolas Pooran – Dream11 predictions RR vs PBKS

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