Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions
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Sports Expert, Chi Dubey

Last updated on 27th May 2021

Published: 23/04/2021

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

The Rajasthan Royals of Sanju Samson are up against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, April 24, start time 7:30 PM. As with all IPL Group matches this year, it will be held at a neutral venue, in this case, in Mumbai.

For IPL betting 2021, you will find the best RR v KKR winner predictions and betting tips here!

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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Betting Predictions

As part of our free cricket betting tips, you will find RCB vs RR betting tips here. I predict KKR will get the better of a poor Royals side in Mumbai.

Bet Odds Site
Match Winner: Kolkata 1.62 Casumo
Toss Winner: Rajasthan 1.90 10CRIC
KKR to hit most sixes 2.05 10CRIC
HOT BET! Man of the Match: Andre Russell  8.5 10CRIC

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Rajasthan Team News

There’s already a slight feeling of inevitability in the Rajasthan Royals camp. After a few seasons of finishing rock bottom, they must already be fearing the worst.

On Thursday there was yet another top-order collapse and the only good thing about that is they showed some fight with middle-order batsmen Rahul Tewatia (40) and Shivam Dube (46) playing well to get themselves to what was just about a par total.

But the fact RCB chased their 178 without losing a wicket tells you all you need to know. They’re in real trouble and don’t really have anyone to bring in to make a difference.

Andrew Tye is the only overseas player not to have been given a game so far so he may play here.

Likely XI: Buttler, Vohra, Samson, Dube, Miller, Parag, Tewatia, Morris, Gopal, Sakariya, Tye

Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders IPL Team News

Kolkata Team News

If KKR had beaten CSK on Wednesday it would have been down to a real smash-and-grab job by Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, and finally Pat Cummins.

Between the three of them, they dragged KKR out of an almost impossible position to one where they came close to winning the match.

But three fine knocks from lower order batsmen can’t disguise the fact that the Knight Riders conceded too many and had a batting collapse in the chase. It shouldn’t have been those three trying to do something remarkable because the top order should have kept them in the game.

Sunil Narine played instead of Shakib Al-Hasan last time and will probably keep his place unless they decide to bring in Lockie Ferguson as a raw pace option. They might as well try something new.

Likely XI: Gill, Rana, Tripathi, Morgan, Karthik, Narine, Russell, Cummins, Nagarkoti, Chakravarthy, Krishna

Venue & conditions

All of the last four matches in Mumbai have now been high-scoring ones with that 177 posted by the Royals – the smallest total from the side batting first.

Over the last couple of days, the Royals have lost here batting first and before that KKR lost here batting second, so neither side has great memories of playing here.

The side batting first will need at least 190 to feel they’re in control but ideally, 200 would be the score they’re looking at. Dew continues to be a factor so chasing looks slightly easier here but as ever, chasing anything over 200 has its own challenges.

RR vs KKR Head-to-Head

It’s 12-10 to Kolkata over the years but it’s been all KKR recently.

They’ve won six of the last seven games between them including beating them three times in a season in 2018 and in both matches last year.

So KKR have had the upper hand recently and will be confident going into this one.

RR v KKR Head to Head Stats IPL 2021

Toss Winner

The Royals are slightly ahead on tosses over the seasons, including winning both last year. So they just about get the vote.

RR vs KKR Coin Toss Stats for the Indian Premier League 2021 First Leg Match

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
Rajasthan 10 43.48%
Kolkata 12 55.45%

Rajasthan vs Kolkata Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back KKR to win @ 1.80 with Casumo

These are two struggling sides but there seems to be a big difference here.

KKR have some excellent players who haven’t yet gelled as a team. The Royals look like a very ordinary side where only one or two players stand out and it’s not easy to see where their strengths lie.

Sooner or later a KKR batting line-up including Russell, Morgan, Karthik, and Rana will click and they’ll either set or chase a monster total.

So the potential is there for Kolkata and adding the head-to-head record to the equation, especially the recent one, KKR are a confident choice.

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KKR to Hit Most Sixes

Recommended Bet: KKR to hot the most sixes @  2.05 with 10CRIC

KKR hit 14 sixes against CSK alone. With those powerful batsmen we’ve mentioned often preferring to take risks and go for big sixes than accumulating runs, you’re going to get plenty of sixes when Kolkata are in action.

As for Rajasthan, they’ve lost one of their big six-hitters in Ben Stokes whereas the other two, Jos Buttler and David Miller, look badly out of touch. So it’s only really Samson who has been clearing the boundary.

Go with KKR in a market where they should be strong favourites.

Today’s RR v KKR Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Andre Russell to be man-of-the-match  @ 8.5 with 10CRIC

Andre Russell has an incredible ability to take wickets out of nowhere and last time out reminded us of what he can do with the bat.

KKR may consider batting him a bit higher here and give him more balls to face. He’s just one of those players who’s always in the game because he’s a proper all-rounder who can do the lot.

He’s taken seven wickets in four games so far and though that 54 was his only proper score so far, you have a feeling he may just kick on after that.

Given we fancy KKR to win and you can see why we think Russell can be very much the main man.

Rajasthan v Kolkata Fun Statistics

  • Andre Russell has played over 400 games of T20 cricket. He’s scored two centuries and 23 fifties.
  • Shivam Dube’s fifty in the last game was just his second in 72 games.
  • Chris Morris is at his fourth IPL side after also playing for Delhi, Chennai, and Bangalore.
  • Sanu Samson scored 119 in his first game and just 26 runs in three games since.
  • Dinesh Karthik has played exactly 200 IPL matches.
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