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 24 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: DC vs KKR preview
Delhi Capitals played their first 3 games at the Wankhede in Mumbai. The pitches there aided stroke making. DC won 2 out of their 3 games. They started with a win over CSK, lost to RR and beat PK. Their batting might helped them overhaul big targets against CSK and PK. DC struggled when the pitch offered something to the bowlers. Their struggles against RR seamers were proof of that point. DC began their Chennai sojourn with a win over MI. This win came as a shot in the arm for Delhi. They tied with SRH and later went on to win the super-over. DC went on to lose a close game against RCB and this pushed them to 3rd in the standings. They will be eager to back to winning ways against KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders finally got their 2nd win after 4 straight losses. The team put in an almost complete performance to bag crucial 2 points. The win over PK took them directly to 5th place in the table. KKR will be eager to build on the win. The Ahmedabad pitch suited KKR bowling attack and they kept the opposition on a leash. Eoin Morgan got back into form with his match winning knock against PK. KKR need their top order to fire and then it will be difficult for teams to catch them then.
IPL 2021: Players to have in your StumpsandBails Fantasy Team
Shimron Hetmyer is one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball. He hasn’t been utilised completely in the IPL. Hetmyer is adept at playing both spin and pace. He is one of those rare batsmen who can start striking right from the word go. Steve Smith is taking time to accelerate and Hetmyer might be a good alternative in the top order. If he gets more overs to get his eye in, more destructive he can be. Hetmyer can be a valued pick in your StumpsandBails fantasy team.
Varun Chakravarthy has a 5-wicket haul to his name. He achieved that feat against Delhi Capitals last year. Chakravarthy has been one of the standout bowlers for KKR this year. Teams have found it extremely difficult to counter him. His subtle variations in pace and length is enough to contain the batsmen. He has picked up 7 wickets in 6 games. But expect Chakravarthy to deliver a match winning impact performance soon. Tonight might just be his night. He can be a wonderful addition to your fantasy team.