Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals: IPL Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on April 24, 2019

Rajasthan are almost out of IPL 12 after failing to defend 191 against Delhi. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have dropped to sixth in the table. Therefore, Thursday’s game against the Royals is looking like a ‘must win’. So without further ado, here are our IPL tips for Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals.

What are the IPL tips for Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals?

The Knight Riders looked to be on course for a comfortable place in the playoffs after a bright start to the competition. Early wins and some stunning displays by Andre Russell were at the heart of their initial success. However, a run of defeats and arguments as to where Russell should be batting have contributed to a slump.

Kolkata are on a dismal run of form right now. Nonetheless, they still maintain a healthy lead in the outright betting. Dinesh Karthik’s men are favourites for the IPL 2019 Satta at 1.61 with Betway. Meanwhile, the Royals are some way behind at 2.30.

Rajasthan made something of a rally when Steve Smith replaced Ajinkya Rahane as captain. Smith looked more in control of the side, while Rahane returned to batting form with the sixth century of IPL 12. Rajasthan still continue to struggle, though. And with the English players heading home for World Cup preparations, we think that KKR are the obvious bet.

Match Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders: 1.61 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Rajasthan Royals: 2.30.

What are the top batsman IPL tips for Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals?

Chris Lynn has responded to a slow start to the competition with two half centuries in his last three games. Anyone betting on top batsman IPL markets should always consider the Aussie, and Lynn starts as favourite at 4.00.

Elsewhere, we wait to see where Andre Russell will bat in this line up. But for now, you can back Dre Russ at 5.00. Other options for KKR include Robin Uthappa at 5.00, Sunil Narine at 6.00, Nitish Rana at 5.50, and Dinesh Karthik at 8.00 with Bet365.

Moving across to Rajasthan’s version of the top batsman market and we find joint favourites. Steve Smith is available at 3.60. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is quoted at that same figure of 3.60.

There could be a few changes to the Royals’ line up so check the team sheets first. Nevertheless, other bets could involve Rahul Tripathi at 6.50, Liam Livingstone at 7.50 and Riyan Parag at 10.00. Finally, after five consecutive T20 ducks, it would take a brave man to claim Ashton Turner at 9.50.

Among those prices, Chris Lynn has drifted to a generous 4.00. As we took the favourite in the result betting, though, we’ll opt for an outsider this time. Nitish Rana has been his usual inconsistent self, but he’s a dangerous hitter who could push KKR on if the top order give him enough time to bat.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn 4.00, Russell 5.00, Uthappa 5.00, Rana 5.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Narine 6.00, Karthik 8.00.

Rajasthan Royals: Smith 3.60, Rahane 3.60, Tripathi 6.50, Livingstone 7.50, Turner 9.50, Parag 10.00.

What are the total runs in match IPL tips for Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals?

Betting on IPL matches often means balancing your bets. Therefore, we’re looking at two short prices, plus that longer figure of 5.50 on Nitish Rana. We’ve taken the total runs betting a few times this season and it’s usually worked in our favour, particularly when going over the set line.

In this match, Bet365 have set the mark at 340.5 and that’s a little higher than it’s been for much of the tournament. However, with two sides in decent batting form on one of the better surfaces this season, we’re happy to bet over again, at odds of 1.83, as our final IPL 2019 Satta of the game.

Total Runs in Match Odds Summary: Over 340.5: 1.83 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Under 340.5: 1.83.