IPL 2021 has started on a great 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, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi have hosted all the 23 completed games till now. The caravan shifted to Delhi with CSK vs SRH game yesterday. Mumbai has witnessed high-scoring matches while Chennai has produced low-scoring thrillers. Delhi’s wicket too felt like a belter, it will be interesting to see how it pans out for other games.
Challenge for 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: MI vs RR preview
MI are coming off from a well deserved break. They ended their Chennai leg with 2 losses on the trot. MI are currently 4th in the points table with 2 wins and 3 losses. The Delhi pitch might suit the stroke makers of MI a bit more as compared to Chennai. MI’s lower middle-order is yet to fire and this might be the right time for them to come good.
Rajasthan Royals on the other hand are fresh from the victory over KKR. They are severely depleted owing to the lack of options in their overseas department. RR have a strong record against MI in the last 3 years. They are the only team to have a great record against defending champions in this period. RR will fancy its chances against an under-firing MI.
IPL 2021: Players to have in your StumpsandBails Fantasy Team
Hardik Pandya has had a forgettable IPL 2021 so far. He has accumulated just 36 runs in 5 innings at an average of 7.20. But trust MI to keep their faith in Pandya. He had a stellar IPL 2020 wherein he scored 281 runs striking at 179 and averaging 31.12. Pandya is one of MI’s main batting mainstays and he will be keen to get his act corrected soon. The game against RR provides him a platform to do so. Kishan can be included in your StumpsandBails fantasy team.
Mustafizur Rahman has had a visibly quiet IPL this year. This isn’t to undermine his contribution to RR’s limited success. He has had a calming affect at the death for RR. He has 4 wickets to his kitty up until now conceding runs at 8.56 per over. His left arm angle coupled with the ability to bowl well disguised cutters separate him from the ilk. He may stamp his authority over big-hitting MI team. Rahman may just be your ideal pick in the fantasy team today.