IPL 2019 Betting Match 17: Stoinis and Russell to the Fore

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:31 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019 8:31 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) is expecting a run fest in Bangalore with the hosts marked down to improve

<h2 style="text-align:center">Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/kolkata-knight-riders-vs-royal-challengers-bangalore-3726763/" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Friday 5 April, 15.30 at Chinnaswamy International Stadium</a></strong></p><p>Royal Challengers Bangalore have been stinking the place out in IPL 2019. With four defeats in a row (five if we count a loss at the end of last term) punters have made hay if they identified they were one to take on.</p><p>But we have to be cautious here, despite <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/kolkata-knight-riders-ipl-2019-team-profile/89573/" target="_blank" title="Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2019 Team Profile">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> looking like an attractive proposition at 10/11 (1.91) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker">William Hill</a>. On form, there is no reason for them being so big. The reason for RCB being close in the betting at a best even money with Bet365 and Ladbrokes is a squad revamp.</p><p>Marcus Stoinis, the powerful Aussie all-rounder, is available while Nathan Coulter-Nile, his compatriot, will arrive in a week. Stoinis played in the defeat by Rajasthan Royals last time out but his role looks certain to change here. Stoinis is not a middle-order finisher, as <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank" title="Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2019 Team Profile">RCB</a> discovered when he slowed them down against Rajasthan. But he is a good blitzer up front and he was instrumental in firing Melbourne Stars to the final of the Big Bash. He could give everyone confidence in this RCB roster.</p><p>With news filtering through that he is expected to open the batting, slow-coach layers like <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 &amp; Start Playing!">Bet365</a>, Ladbrokes and Coral could be filled in with their 11/2 (6.5) prices about him making top bat.</p><p>It could be something of a slugfest between Stoinis and Andre Russell, in fact. The Kolkata Knight Riders hitter has been in insane form and he has one hand on the player of the tournament trophy already.</p><p>Russell has 159 runs at a strike rate of 248. Although he bats at No 7, this means he might have to bat for half the time to take top KKR honours. He is 6/1 (7.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Ladbrokes!">Ladbrokes</a>.</p><p>With runs very much in the offing, then – and this wicket has the best reputation for runmaking in the tournament – more of a sure thing comes in the form of Betfair’s 5/6 that both teams bust 169.5.</p><p>RCB’s issues have, down the years, been primarily with the ball. Their batsmen should finally put up a show against a KKR attack which has issues keeping things tight.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Best tips for the match</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Both teams to score over 169.5 runs 5/6 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a></strong></li></ul>
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