KKR v RCB Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back RCB to win @ 1.73 with Casumo
RCB showed they still have a considerable learning curve after a somewhat naive defeat to Punjab. So they may not go all the way and win this year’s IPL but that doesn’t mean they won’t be too strong for KKR. They beat them convincingly already this season, winning by 38 runs after de Villiers and Maxwell batted beautifully.
Kolkata look incredibly dependent on Russell as per usual and if he doesn’t bat enough balls or gets out early, they may not have a Plan B.
RCB aren’t perfect as we said but their superstar players (Kohli excepted) are in good touch and it may just take an AB de Villiers special or some big-hitting from Glenn Maxwell to win them the game.
You’d also think that on a spinner’s wicket Chahal may have more success than what KKR’s spinners may manage.
RCB Top Batsman: Devdutt Padikkal
Recommended Bet: Padikkal Top RCB Batsman @ 4.50 with 10CRIC
10CRIC are offering 4.5 on Padikkal top-scoring for RCB and that looks a really good price.
It’s been a slightly stop-start campaign for Padikkal so far. There have been some low scores in there and then all of a sudden he went and scored an unbeaten 101. So he’s not been that consistent but there are good reasons to go with him.
As an opener, he’s guaranteed a knock, unlike players like Maxwell or de Villiers, who may not face many balls against a weak bowling attack.
With Kohli badly out of form and those two overseas men just mentioned at shorter prices, Padikkal looks the right call.
Today’s KKR v RCB Hot Bet: Karthik Top KKR Batsman
Recommended Bet: Dinesh Karthik KKR Top Batsman @ 11.00 with 10CRIC
KKR’s batting has mostly been a mess, which is why they’re in a precarious position.
With the two openers struggling of late and superstar Russell often not facing enough balls, it could open the door to a middle-order batsman at a big price.
Morgan has only played one decent innings, Tripathi looks a decent option in terms of form but not necessarily great odds. So it’s a good chance to bet on Dinesh Karthik- who has played over 200 IPL matches and has 19 IPL fifties- at a huge price. Sooner or later he’ll come good and we don’t want to miss out.