IPL 2019 Betting Matches 35: Bangalore worth the risk

Ed Hawkins

Friday, April 19, 2019 8:42 AM UTC

Friday, Apr. 19, 2019 8:42 AM UTC

Ed Hawkins @cricketbetting thinks the Knight Riders have lost the plot at a crucial time and should be taken on

<p>Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Eden Gardens<br />Friday 19 April, 15.30</p><p>After a strong start, <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/kolkata-knight-riders-ipl-2019-team-profile/89573/" target="_blank" title="KKR Team Profile">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> have badly lost their way. It is three defeats in a row for the Knight Riders and there are suspicions that, with more than halfway through the league season, they have been found out.</p><p>Chiefly, that they are a one man team. In each of the last three previews for their matches we have talked about their over-reliance on Andre Russell on not only playing well but producing some epoch-shattering innings. Without his stratospheric performances they would probably have a similar record to Bangalore: one win.</p><p>There are other problems, too. Their spinners have been disappointing. Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine as a unit have the second worst bowling average this season and they are the second most expensive, conceding 7.9 runs per over.</p><p>After being unfortunate to lose key pacers to injury before a ball was bowled, KKR were always going to be reliant on their spinners. Another significant problem has been Russell the bowler. He has been more expensive than Harrods and he hasn’t once been trusted to complete his full quota.</p><p>So KKR now have an issue with balance just as they should be going into overdrive. At this stage it should be about fine-tuning rather than starting again. It might be time to bring in home pacer Sandeep Warrier for Harry Gurney or Lockie Ferguson and ask Carlos Brathwaite to take Russell’s overs.</p><p>It means that the 8/11 (1.73) offered by <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="IPL 2019 Betting Odds">Bet365</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="IPL Betting Odds">William Hill</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds">Coral</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="IPL 2019 Betting Odds">Betfred</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds">Betway</a> doesn’t float our boat. Instead we will take a risk on Bangalore, who are best at 23/20 (2.15) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="IPL 2019 Betting Odds">Betfair</a>.</p><p>We know <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/royal-challengers-bangalore-ipl-2019-team-profile/89569/" target="_blank" title="RCB Team Profile">RCB</a> have significant issues (mainly their bowling which is leaking runs all over the shop) but they have a front four who have a cumulative strike rate which can do real damage.</p><p>There is also a chance that they might be a bit smarter in the field. South African Dale Steyn is available and he is expected to start. Steyn might not have the numbers behind him which suggest Bangalore can suddenly morph into a play-off team, but he is a smart guy who will surely keep them on their toes in the field.</p><h2>Best tips for the match</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Bangalore at 23/20 Betfair</strong></em></a></p>
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