IPL 2019 Betting Match 52: Rahul the man again

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 2, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says faith should be retained in the opener because the price is wrong

<p><span style="font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IS Bindra International Stadium, Mohali</span></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/kings-xi-punjab-vs-kolkata-knight-riders-3753745/?mtid=6" target="_blank"><strong>Friday 3 May, 15.30</strong></a></p><p>Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, after their Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, have all booked their play-off spots for IPL 2019. With only one berth remaining, both Kings and Kolkata need to win both their remaining games to stand any chance of qualification.</p><p>So it’s do or die in Mohali. The winner lives to fight another day but the loser is eliminated. With so much at stake, there will be plenty of nerves, not least because both teams are in awful form. Kings have won one in their last six, Kolkata one in seven.</p><p>Hardly surprising then if the bookies should struggle to split the pair. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank">William Hill</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Coral</a> all go 10/11 (1.91) the pair. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Betfair</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365 </a>and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a> have a view – of sorts – by pushing out the hosts to even money. Perhaps it should be the other way with <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/kings-xi-punjab-ipl-2019-team-profile/89572/" target="_blank">Kings’</a> strong start in this tournament built on terrific home form.</p><p>In truth, we don’t need to worry about who will win. That’s because there’s another opportunity to bet KL Rahul at wrong odds for top Kings XI Punjab runscorer. Rahul should be a 2/1 chance on career franchise form but Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfair have all make a rick by offering 5/2.</p><p>Rahul is having a terrific season and those who took big prices about him topping the charts for the entire season still have hope. He is second to David Warner and although Rahul is 172 behind, the Australian won’t play again. Of course, Kings are going to have to qualify for the last four for Rahul to get up but stranger things have happened.</p><p>Other value is in short supply. We were hoping for a price on Harry Gurney to be top KKR bowler and the 7/2 (4.5) (right across the board) is irritatingly correct for how often he cops. We could make a case that it’s still a bet considering Kuldeep Yadav, market jolly, is unlikely to play because of a crisis of confidence, though.</p><p></p><h2>Best tips for the match</h2><p></p><p><strong>KL Rahul top Kings bat 5/2 William Hill, Betfair, Coral, Bet365</strong></p>
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