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 26 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 CSK preview
MI are coming off from a well deserved break. They ended their Chennai leg with 2 losses on the trot. MI got back to winning ways with a win over RR. They are currently 4th in the points table with 3 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.
CSK are flying high on confidence. They are the table toppers even though they have played 1 game less. Their real challenge will come when they face defending champions, MI. It is a contest between two heavyweight sides. The won who wins this game might hold a severe advantage progressing into the 2nd phase of the league.
IPL 2021: Players to have in your StumpsandBails Fantasy Team
Quinton de Kock:
Quinton de Kock has been one of MI’s strong pillars in the last couple of seasons. He has averaged over 35 in the last 2 years while striking at 135. Kock struggled in Chennai and failed to provide impetus to the innings. But in the first game for MI at Delhi, Kock came into his own. He smashed an unbeaten match winning knock. He will be eager to continue his good form against CSK. Kock will be a valued addition to your fantasy team.
Moeen Ali has revitalised CSK. They look a completely different outfit thanks to his arrival into the setup. Ali’s way of dominating attacks right from ball one has augured well for CSK. He strikes at 155 and will be a crucial cog for CSK against MI. If Ali gets going then CSK will find themselves in a dominant position. He will be a solid addition to your StumpsandBails fantasy team.