Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab: IPL Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on March 26, 2019

Both cricket teams are coming off exciting wins in their first matches, so let’s get to our IPL tips for Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab.

KKR are always likely to be a consistent side and are many bettors’ tip for a IPL 2019 Satta in the outright markets. The Knight Riders have started this tournament strongly with an opening win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. On Wednesday they subsequently look to continue that run against Kings XI Punjab.

KXIP, meanwhile, won in controversial circumstances over Rajasthan. The actions of R Aswhin overshadowed what was an emphatic batting performance. So can Kings carry that through.

What are the IPL tips for Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab?

Kolkata received more support in the tournament betting markets at the start of IPL 12 so they start as favourites here. You can pick up the Knight Riders at 1.72 with Bet365, while Kings XI are out at 2.10 with Betway.

There is enough scope for another upset with Chris Gayle continuing his fine form on Monday. The West Indian is a key wicket for KKR. We also feel  that if Kolkata get Gayle early then the game is theirs. Kolkata showed their resilience against SRH in what was probably the best batting performance so far. And we’re predicting another strong all-round display by the hosts.

Match Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders: 1.72 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Kings XI Punjab 2.10.

What are the top batsman IPL tips for Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab?

Nitish Rana looks to be an underrated player at Kolkata, and he steadied that run chase on Sunday with 68 from 47 balls. Rana will be an option in KKR’s top batsman odds market at 5.50. However, it’s Chris Lynn who starts as favourite here at 3.75 with Betway.

If you’re taking an IPL 2019 Satta in this market, the Knight Riders always give you plenty of options. You can find Robin Uthappa at 4.00, and Shubman Gill at 5.50. There is also Andre Russell at 7.50, and Sunil Narine at 12.00.

Ashwin may be seen as the villain with the ball, but Chris Gayle was the hero with the bat for KXIP on Monday. The Jamaican smashed 79 from 47 balls and is joint favourite to top score again at 3.75. KL Rahul can be picked up at that same 3.75 price. Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal is the third favourite at 4.75.

Sarfaraz Khan made a useful contribution against Rajasthan and he is listed at a generous 8.00. Other Kings XI batters include Nicholas Pooran at 6.50, and Karun Nair at that same 6.50.

As always, there are lots of tempting options on each side. But we’ll take KL Rahul to top score for Kings XI Punjab. Many will consider that Chris Gayle carries a good price at 3.75. Nevertheless, he’s due a failure and it’s time for KL Rahul, who had a great IPL tournament in 2018, to step up and take responsibility for his team.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn 3.75 (Betway), Uthappa 4.00, Rana 5.50, Gill 5.50, Russell 7.50, Narine 12.00.

Kings XI Punjab: Gayle 3.75, Rahul 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Agarwal 4.75, Pooran 6.50, Nair 6.50, Khan 8.00.

What are the top bowler IPL tips for Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab?

Bowlers were firmly under the spotlight in Kings XI’s opening match of the campaign. This therefore seems an appropriate place with which to end the preview. Spinners are playing an important role at the start of IPL 12 and we think that Mujeeb ur Rahman carries an excellent price in Kings’ top bowler market at 4.33.

If the Knight Riders are to come through and win this game, Mujeeb is the man to keep quiet. Following his two wickets at the death against the Royals, we expect him to build from this point.

Kings XI Punjab Top Bowler Odds Summary: Tye 3.50, Rajpoot 4.00, Mujeeb 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Ashwin 4.50, Shami 4.50, Curran 5.00.