Pitch could play a role in tactics
Kolkata Knight Riders have had a poor start to the season with three losses in four matches and the bowling attack has come under heavy scrutiny in these matches. With the Mumbai surface posing further challenges, Kolkata will have their task cut out despite Rajasthan’s own woes. They have odds of 1.80 to win this match.
Rajasthan Royals have been inconsistent with their performances so far and will bank on their batting power duo – Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson to give them a win against a Kolkata bowling line-up that looks pretty suspect on paper. Rajasthan have odds of 1.90 to win this game.
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Recent records massively in favour of KKR
KKR have won five of the last six matches between these teams dating back to 2018. Overall, Rajasthan used to have the edge over Kolkata in the early days of IPL, but the record has tilted KKR’s way in this period of time with 12 wins overall as against RR’s 10.
RECOMMENDED BET: RR are the more rounded of the two teams this season and have odds of 1.90 to beat KKR.
The 2021 season has been ordinary for both teams thus far with the close games not going their way and the batting floundering more often than not.
Keep an eye on…
Jos Buttler: Jos Buttler is tasked with taking down bowlers in the powerplay overs but has been less than convincing in doing so in three of the matches at least. Against Pat Cummins, a bowler who has troubled him, Buttler will have his task cut out.
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Andre Russell: The big-hitting Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder was seen sitting on the stairwell quite disappointed after his performance last game despite a telling contribution and we could see Russell get back to his beast avatar soon.
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