I’m about to offer you the best tips for IPL betting ahead of Monday’s match at the Wankhede Stadium. There’s the latest KKR v RR betting tips as well as the all-important online cricket betting opportunities ahead of the game.
The match starts on Monday, May 2 at 7.30 pm IST and pits one of the most impressive sides in the tournament (the Royals) against one in KKR who are just a couple of losses from missing out on a Playoff place.
They’ve been a much better side this season, with more in-form players and beat KKR the first time round this campaign. They’re favourites but they’re justified favorites and that’s who we’re going with.
I’ll also have my usual toss winner pick and the KKR v RR betting odds for my Hot Bet: a third tip at bigger odds than usual.
I’m going for the wily and in-form Ravi Ashwin to be RR top bowler after a string of fine performances when he’s helped his side win by taking crucial wickets.
Let’s see if he can take a few more in this match.
Ashwin was having a good tournament in terms of keeping the runs down without actually taking too many wickets up to about a week ago.
But he’s started getting rewarded for his efforts of late by claiming more wickets.
He took two against the Capitals, three against Gujarat and then one more against Mumbai at the weekend.
So he’s clearly in form, taking more wickets and has started bowling his full quota of overs these last few matches. All those are important factors discussed in our top bowler betting guide.
We also discuss below how Yuzvendra Chahal has gone off the boil a bit in terms of taking wickets, with batsmen playing him with more respect, meaning he’s less likely to get them out. So Chahal may not have things all his own way for a change.
Ashwin has a couple of other good bowlers to beat with Kuldeep Sen also impressing these last couple of matches. But there’s plenty to like about the veteran and odds of 4.33 will do us just fine.
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There was plenty to like about Kolkata at the start of the campaign with their big-hitters in the middle order, smart captain in Shreyas Iyer and plenty of bowling options, from the wily mystery spin of Sunil Narine, to the pace of Umesh Yadav.
But things haven’t worked out for them and they have just three wins in nine.
So with an extra game played compared to some other sides and plenty of ground to make up, KKR aren’t looking like title contenders at all, and even a Playoff place looks very unlikely.
Last time out they posted just 146 against Delhi, which was chased with an over to spare.
One of the big problems they’ve had is at the top of the order.
They’ve tried all of Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine and Sam Billings but none of them have shown any consistency and they’re no close to knowing who to play as openers.
But they’ve had other problems. Much was expected of Pat Cummins but that freakish fifty with the bat aside in his first match, he was really poor. And far too expensive with the ball.
Andre Russell, their most important player of all, has taken wickets but has also been expensive, while his cameos with the bat have been too short-lived.
With results being poor of late, they may be tempted to make some changes.
But the only overseas player they haven’t played so far is Mohammad Nabi and he may not be quite what they need.
They have spin options anyway and their middle-order is actually very strong ‘on paper’. It’s just that usually reliable players like Russell and Narine just aren’t performing.
They should give Narine another go as an opener, though.
He had a couple of failures, including a first-ball run-out, but with few other options right now, they may as well let him open and hit a few early boundaries.
They don’t have anything to lose because he rarely makes big contributions in the middle or death overs.
Player to Watch: Shreyas Iyer
Iyer has been an interesting case this season.
They paid big money in the auction to play him at number three and have him captain the side but he has to take some responsibility for their lack of wins.
He must have played a part in the constant tinkering with the batting line-up and hasn’t always got his bowling changes and fielding positions right.
With the bat he’s been extremely consistent though, averaging 36.
But at times he’s needed to kick on and get bigger scores and has got out at just the wrong time.
Even the other day, he was going well on 42 but got out just when they needed him to accelerate.
With so many batsmen out of form, maybe he just needs to bat for longer and take slightly less risks.