Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction IPL 2019- Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Knight Riders will take on Rajasthan Royals at their home ground at the Eden Gardens.
Both Kolkata and Rajasthan are not doing particularly well and find themselves in the bottom half of the points table. While Rajasthan Royals lost a close match against Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders have lost all of their last four matches and would have to turn things around quickly.
Rajasthan Royals have put themselves in an almost impossible situation to qualify to the playoffs from here on. Ajinkya Rahane smashed an unbeaten century for the Royals in the last match against Delhi Capitals. He looked at ease after a long time. Possibly, it was after he was not selected in India's World Cup squad, it removed the pressure off him and he was able to play his natural game.
Rahane looked in fluent touch after a long time and scored 105 off just 63 deliveries. He was well assisted by the newly appointed skipper Steven Smith, who compiled a half-century.
However, the team could not accelerate in the last few overs and did not reach the 200-run mark. Despite some good bowling from Jofra Archer and Riyan Parag, the team lost the match by six wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders are also coming off a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad by a big margin of nine wickets. They seem overdependent on Andre Russell but the team does have the resources to bounce back.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders- Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, KC Cariappa, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj
Rajasthan Royals- Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Kolkata Knight Riders
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Steven Smith (Rajasthan Royals)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Piyush Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)
Most boundaries – Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Steven Smith (Rajasthan Royals)
Team Scores Batting First – Kolkata Knight Riders 170+, Rajasthan Royals 165+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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