Due to an increase of Covid-19 cases in India with a statewide lockdown, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided that the IPL 2021 Phase 2 tournament would resume on September 19 with a high-profile match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The final will take place in Dubai on Friday, October 15. Phase 2 will last a total of 24 days, with a total of 31 matches taking place throughout that time.

IPL 2020 concluded in UAE less than a year ago, which should offer us a solid foundation for predicting performance in the remaining phase of IPL 2021. We’ll evaluate the performances in the IPL 2020 with their current form.

IPL phase 1 – how it stands 

Before we get into which team will benefit from this shift in host countries, let’s take a look at the team’s current positions in IPL 2021.

As we can see in the table below, Delhi Capital sits at Number 1 position amassing a total of 12 points in 8 games. CSK had played a game less than DC and stands at number 2 position with a total of 10 points. RCB too had 10 points in 7 games but due to negative NRR, They stand at the number 3 position. Mi stands at number 4 with 8 points. SRH is at the bottom of the table with a single win in 7 matches.

Position Team P W L NRR Pts
1 Delhi Capitals 8 6 2 0.547 12
2 Chennai Super Kings 7 5 2 1.263 10
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 7 5 2 -0.171 10
4 Mumbai Indians 7 4 3 0.062 8
5 Rajasthan Royals 7 3 4 -0.19 6
6 Punjab Kings 8 3 5 -0.368 6
7 Kolkata Knight Riders 7 2 5 -0.494 4
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 1 6 -0.623 2

Current IPL Standing – 2021

IPL 2020- Team-wise Performance

Mumbai Indians who emerged as a group topper were also the champions of IPL 2020. They defeated DC to claim their 4th IPL title. RCB also qualified for the playoffs and finished at the number 4 position. IPL 2020 was a tough-outing of MS Dhoni CSK as they only finished at 7th position. 

Top Batsmen of IPL 2020

Rahul of KXIP was the orange cap holder for the 2020 IPL season, Scoring an average of 55.83. Rahul’s ability to handle both spin and speed bowling is a key quality of his batting. In IPL 2021, he enhanced his performance by scoring 331 runs at an average of 66.20.

Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently the top scorer in IPL 2021, was the second-best scorer in IPL 2020, with 618 runs.

Talking about the strike rate, AB De Villiers of RCB was one of the must-watch players of IPL 2020, scoring 454 runs with a massive strike rate of 158.54. He was one of the key players of RCB, who helped them qualify for playoffs. The top ten IPL 2020 batsmen had one batsman from KXIP, one from SRH, two from DC, and three apiece from RCB and MI.

Top Bowlers of IPL 2020

IPL 2020 was expected to be the spinners IPL, but the way fast bowlers used their variations on slow pitches of Dubai and Sharjah, was a factor in the success of fast bowlers.

Kagiso Rabada emerged as a top wicket-taker, amassing 30 wickets in total. He also had the best strike rate of 13.13. He was followed by MI’s Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.

Yuzvender Chahal of RCB was the top spinner from IPL 2020 having 21 scalps to his name with a mere economy of 7.08. He was followed by star leggie of Afghanistan Rashid Khan, bowling with an exceptional economy of 5.37 with 20 wickets to his name.

Conclusion – analyzing key points for each team

Punjab Kings – The IPL Phase 2 can be favourable to Punjab Kings and provide them with the much-needed momentum. They possess number one T20 batsman and top T20 international scorer David Malan, who, combined with the in-form KL Rahul, will provide much-needed stability to their top order.

Harpreet Brar, the allrounder, and Arshdeep Singh were two young players from the Punjab side who stood out in phase 1  Young Arshdeep and M. Shami will be vital bowlers for them in phase 2.

Mumbai Indians – They are now ranked fourth and have the highest victory rate in the UAE. Mumbai Indians may experience a dip in their momentum due to this reschedule, as they won their last two games. Mumbai Indians are one of the most balanced teams in the league. Rahul Chahar, who is now ranked fourth among top IPL phase 1 bowlers, will be lethal with Bumrah and Trent Boult.

Surya Kumar, Ishan Kishan, and Quinton De Kock were MI’s highest scorers in IPL 2020 and will be in charge of providing explosive beginnings to innings.

Delhi Capitals – Since the previous IPL season, the Delhi capital has had everything working in their favour. They played the IPL 2020 final and currently sit at the number 1 position. They will also be delighted to have their captain, Shreyas Iyer, back after being injured during the first phase of the IPL.

They had the golden combo of Dhawan and Shaw opening for them, as both are among the top five scorers in the IPL 2021. The Indian spin three of Ashwin, Axar, and Amit Mishra is one of the Delhi team’s primary assets. They also have Avesh Khan, who is presently second in the purple cap race and has 14 wickets in just eight matches.

Royal Challengers Bangalore -RCB will be happy to play IPL phase 2 in the Middle East, as they were able to qualify for playoffs in the last season of IPL held at  UAE. Since they lost two of their last three matches, they will be hoping for a change in momentum

Virat and Padikkal will be crucial in providing an opening platform for AB De Villiers and Glenn Maxwell, as both of them are in good form. To take advantage of the UAE’s spin-friendly surfaces, they have also included world number two ranked bowler Wanindu Hasaranga, who, together with Chahal, will be crucial to RCB’s prospects of winning their first championship.

Chennai Super Kings – The conditions in the UAE are extremely similar to those in Chidambaram Stadium, CSK’s hometown. CSK is one of the top title contenders as they currently stand at the number 2 position with most of their players in form.

Faf Du Plessis and in-form Ruturaj will be in charge of providing the opening base.MS Dhoni has built CSK’s lineup around quality all-rounders, giving him plenty of options in both areas. Spinning all-rounders Moeen Ali, Jadeja, and M. Santner will be crucial in Sharjah along with in-form Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur.

Rajasthan Royal – In phase 2, Rajasthan will be going through a transition period. As a substitute for Buttler and Stokes, they have recruited No.1 T20 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, as well as Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas. RR is now in fifth place, with Chris Morris and Sanju Samson their best players in form.

The void left by Jos Buttler will be difficult to fill, but guys like Shamsi and Lewis will inject new life into the team. Young Yashasvi and Riyan Parag’s performances will be critical in improving RR’s prospects of making the playoffs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Sunrisers Hyderabad has had one of the worst starts to an IPL season to date. They lost six of their seven-phase one matches. In IPL phase 2, they will be looking for a shift in momentum.

One of the primary reasons for SRH’s downfall is their over-reliance on David Warner and Rashid Khan. Warner’s captaincy was also revoked owing to his consistently poor performance. Manish Pandey’s form was one of the few positive signs in phase one, and the team will look to capitalize on the UAE’s spin-friendly pitches with their Afghani spin trio of Mujeeb, Rashid, and Nabi.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Morgans KKR will seek a balance in their batting form. Due to a disappointing performance by their top-order, Kolkata has only won two of their seven matches. Captain Eoin Morgan’s and WK Dinesh Kartik’s poor form has worsened the situation. This break between stages will offer KKR players a much-needed break, and they will be aiming to bounce back and perform.

Statistically, KKR possesses one of the finest spinning attacks among all IPL teams, with top players like Shakib, Narine, and Kuldeep. It will be intriguing to see how one of the best captains utilizes his choices.

It’ll be interesting to see how things will  turn out in the remaining matches of this season,

Till then, 

Grab the popcorn and enjoy the IPL Mania.