Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) looks at the game of the Kings Xi opener and possible value wagers.
<h2>Kings XI v Rajasthan Royals</h2><p><strong><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/kings-xi-punjab-vs-rajasthan-royals-3753725/?mtid=6" target="_blank" title="Kings XI vs Rajasthan Royals Odds Board">Tuesday 16 April, 15.30, IS Bindra International Stadium</a></strong></p><p>KL Rahul squeezed onto the plane at the last minute for India’s World Cup squad and he can celebrate his place in the 15-man squad with a decent knock against the Rajasthan Royals in Mohali.</p><p>Rahul has been terrific in <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank" title="Complete IPL Betting Guide">IPL 2019</a>. He has hugely impressed punters with consistent top-bat picks. He has three half-centuries and a century in his last six innings, a sequence which has put him second on the overall runs list, 65 behind David Warner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad opener.</p><p>In time, Rahul might make it past Warner for top honours because he could play more matches than Warner, who is due to leave early to meet up with his Australia team-mates for World Cup preparations. Kings might also sneak into the play-off positions at the expense of Sunrisers, who have lost three on the spin. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/david-warner-cricket-player-profile/89597/" target="_blank">Warner</a> is 15/8 (2.88) favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Betfair</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> to outscore everyone with Rahul available at 4s (5.0 (Betfair, Paddy Power). That looks a good price indeed about our man with those possible extra innings in mind.</p><p>The right-hander is 13/5 (3.6) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a> and that’s decent edge in our favour in terms of how often he cops. If you want more of a sure thing, Betfair go 10/11 (1.91) that Rahul scores over 26.5. In his T20 career, Rahul averages 32.4 per innings (not outs included as a completed innings). That’s a healthy return.</p><p>We should also point out the 9/1 (10.0) that Betfair offer about Rahul and Jos Buttler top scoring. Buttler is Rajasthan’s Mr Consistent. It is easy to make a case that both men have little to beat. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/chris-gayle-cricket-player-profile/89594/" target="_blank">Chris Gayle</a> is the greatest threat to Rahul but the Royals batting has been poor whenever Buttler has not come to the party.</p><p>Other prices which catch the eye are the 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365, Betfair and Paddy Power that Jofra Archer takes most wickets for Rajasthan. Archer has had an excellent tournament so far and although his strike rate is inferior – only just – to emerging talent Shreyas Gopal, over a longer study period we have Archer slightly skinnier on how often he wins.</p><p><strong>Best tips for the match:</strong></p><ul> <li>KL Rahul over 26.5 runs 10/11 Betfair</li> <li>KL Rahul top IPL bat 4/1 Betfair, Paddy Power</li></ul>