IPL 2021 has started on a brilliant note. There have already been quite a few games that have gone down the wire. All the teams have played at least one game each. Batsmen and bowlers have left their stamp on the IPL. Mumbai and Chennai have hosted all 5 completed games till now. Mumbai has witnessed high-scoring matches while Chennai has produced low-scoring thrillers.
Challenge for IPL teams:
IPL 2021 has done away with the concept of home and away. All teams are required to play in neutral venues. This has negated the curated strength of the squad to a certain extent. Despite all odds, few players have put in striking performances. Few such players must have gone unsold in the fantasy auctions earlier. It is time you make a note of such key players and include them in your StumpsandBails fantasy team.
IPL 2021: SRH vs RCB preview
Sunrisers Hyderabad have started the tournament on the wrong note. The team looked lethargic both in the field and during the chase. David Warner, Manish Pandey couldn’t set the right intent for SRH during the run-chase. The bowlers apart from Rashid Khan looked off-color. There are few worrying signs for the orange army ahead of their clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They will be buoyed by the fact that Jonny Bairstow and Abdul Samad are in great hitting form. SRH will expect its bowling lineup to come good against RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore started the tournament with a bang. They won a thriller against Mumbai Indians. Their supposed weak link (bowling) came to their rescue in the first game. Harshal Patel was exceptional at the death for RCB. The new additions to the team played a key role in RCB’s winning start in the tourney. Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson justified their selections with their impactful performances. RCB will be keen to carry on the good show and show the intent of self-belief.
IPL 2021: Players to have in your StumpsandBails Fantasy Team
Abdul Samad made his IPL debut in 2020. He impressed everyone with his big-hitting prowess. Samad played a crucial cameo against KKR in SRH’s opening game. He almost won the match for SRH single-handedly but the team eventually fell short. Samad might have gone unsold in the fantasy auctions earlier. It is time you include him in your fantasy team.
Harshal Patel picked up the first five-wicket haul of IPL 2021 in the very first game of the tournament. His slower balls proved to be mighty effective against a rampaging Mumbai Indians. MI had no clue to his bowling at the death. Patel was the main contributor to RCB’s win over MI. He was not a popular pick in the fantasy auctions. But now is the time to trade Harshal Patel into your team.