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 the 15 completed games till now. Mumbai has witnessed high-scoring matches while Chennai has produced low-scoring thrillers.
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: RCB vs RR preview
Royal Challengers Bangalore have started the tournament in the best possible way. They are the only team to have won all the games this season. RCB posted thrilling wins over MI and SRH in their first two games. They comfortably defeated KKR in their third game. RCB have found new heroes in every game. Harshal Patel led the charge in the first game while Glenn Maxwell’s innings proved to be the difference in the 2nd game. RCB have found new heroes in both their wins and this augurs well for the franchise. Shahbaz Ahmed’s game-changing over against SRH is another highlight. Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers powered RCB to a fantastic total in the third game. Mohammad Siraj then bowled an excellent penultimate over to shut the game. They will be high on confidence heading into their 4th game.
Rajasthan Royals fought till the very end in both their games. They narrowly lost against PK in their first game. RR valiantly stayed in the chase of a gargantuan total. They made amends in the second game against DC. Their tactic of taking pace off the ball worked wonderfully well. RR restricted DC to a below-par score of 147. They were struggling at one stage (42-5) chasing the total. Their foreign players, David Miller and Chris Morris bailed them out. But they came a cropper against CSK. RR were completely outplayed and this must have dented their confidence. Their bowling came short and their batting looked clueless. RR will be facing table-toppers RCB in their fourth game. It will be a difficult task for them to come up trumps against such an in-form side.
IPL 2021: Players to have in your StumpsandBails Fantasy Team
Mohammad Siraj has been simply sensational this IPL. He holds the record for bowling the maximum number of dot balls at the death in IPL 2021. Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers have grabbed the limelight. But it is Siraj who has made all the right noises this tournament. He will be one of the key bowlers for RCB at a pitch like Wankhede. The new ball bowlers have found seam movement and Siraj is a fine exponent. Siraj should be added to your StumpsandBails fantasy team.
Chetan Sakariya made his IPL debut in 2021. He has impressed everyone with his skills in all the 3 games. Sakariya has played matches at the Wankhede in Mumbai. The bowlers have been taken to cleaners at this venue but Sakariya has proven to be an exception. His skill and guile have aided him in picking up 6 wickets at an impressive average of 16.66. His strike rate of 12 is outstanding as well. Sakariya will be a valued addition to the fantasy team.