The 30th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The fixture will take place at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai tonight.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Coming on the back of two consecutive defeats at the venue, KKR have slid in the points table and are desperate to get back on the winning track.
The consistent poor performances by the top order have been a huge form of concern, who rely heavily on runs at the top based on their brand of cricket.
Moreover, with Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy also losing their steam. this fixture comes across as a crucial one for KKR, if they want to sustain in the top half of the table.
Changes could be in the making for the side yet again as they facee a formidable Rajasthan outfit.
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Heavily reliant on Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer, the Indian contingent in the batting unit will have to step up including skipper Sanju Samson. Changing the combination by promoting Padikkal at the top has not worked so far.
The side desperately missed the services of Trent Boult in their loss against Gujarat Titans. He should be a direct swap for Jimmy Neesham should he recover from his injury and be fit for the game.
Lack of depth in the batting department has also put plenty of pressure on Hetmyer, especially with Riyan Parag not being among the runs.
Yuzvendra Chahal has taken the bulk of wickets. While Ashwin has relatively bowled with control so far, he is not among wickets by any means.
WAGING ODDS: RR (1.80) VS KKR (2.05)
RR are the favorites and are priced at 1.80, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹180.
KKR are the underdogs and priced at 2.00 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹205.
The return of Trent Boult could pose to be huge trouble for KKR’s out-of-form batting unit. The likes of left-handers like Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine will have key roles to play counter Yuzvendra Chahal as well. Similarly, the KKR’s bowling unit could be in trouble if Jos Buttler and co, get going. As a result, RR are expected to win the contest.
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