IPL 2019 Betting Matches 43: KKR look to stave off crisis

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 6:32 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says the Knight Riders have a good chance to get back to form against a chaotic Royals

<p> </p><p></p><h2>Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, Eden Gardens</h2><p></p><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/in/indian-premier-league/kolkata-knight-riders-vs-rajasthan-royals-3753736/?mtid=6" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday 25 April, 15.30</strong></a></p><p>Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves in crisis with five straight defeats and they are desperate to return to winning ways against a Rajasthan Royals side poised to be ravaged by World Cup call-ups.</p><p>The Knight Riders have a multitude of problems. They are failing to take wickets early on in an innings, their bowling unit is the most profligate in the entire tournament and senior players are letting them down. The innings by Robin Uthappa against Royal Challengers Bangalore would have been considered slow in a Test match. Kuldeep Yadav, India’s No 1 spinner, has had to be taken out of the firing line.</p><p>As we have consistently said here when we preview KKR games, they are hugely reliant on Andre Russell producing the extraordinary. Without his extreme hitting they would comfortably be bottom.</p><p>To that end, KKR will be disappointed that Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are yet to leave the Royals. Despite reports suggesting they should be on their way by now, the duo are expected to play. What the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/rajasthan-royals-ipl-2019-team-profile/89570/" target="_blank">Royals</a> do when the spine of their team – Jos Buttler has already left for England – has been taken apart remains to be seen but it’s a fair wager that they are not going to suddenly improve. And that’s why we rate them a strong bet in the region of 6/4 (2.55) to finish bottom. The likes of <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, <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>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Betway</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> are the first ports of call for a check.</p><p>They have made a terrible mess of things this season. Just in the last few day they sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain with Steve Smith taking over. That would be fine ordinarily but if in the unlikely event that they made the play-offs they would have to either find another skipper or give the job back to Rahane.</p><p>When Stokes and Archer leave they will have to rely on Ashton Turner, who now has a world-record five ducks in a row, the untested Liam Livingstone and Ish Sodhi, who could soon depart for New Zealand preparations.</p><p>It’s a mess. KKR are way too short here at 4/6 (1.67) but we expect a tight contest and if they come up to 11/10 or bigger in-running (particularly if they chase), it’s a worth an interest.</p><p></p><h2>Best tips for the match</h2><p></p><p><strong>Back KKR in-running at 11/10 or bigger </strong></p>
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