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IPL 2020 Match 21 – Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 21st match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai have reached 8 different finals in the IPL, winning 3 of them, while KKR have won the title twice before. Both these teams like in the mid-table right now, and would be looking to gain 2 priceless points in this match to consolidate a top 4 position. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365 India.

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • CSK to win the match @1.90
  • CSK to hit the most sixes @1.85
  • CSK to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
  • Cummins to be KXIP’s top wicket-taker @3.75
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History

KKR have won the IPL twice before, while Chennai Super Kings have won the title thrice, These 2 teams have faced off 21 times in total, with CSK winning 13 of those, and KKR winning 7, with one match being abandoned. CSK have won the last 3 matches between these teams in a row.

Team News

CSK started the IPL in great fashion, by beating the favourites Mumbai Indians, however they have struggled massively ever since. Missing key players, they lost back to back matches against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, and were near the bottom of the league table. However a comprehensive victory over KXIP in their previous match has elevated them to the 5th spot, as their openers completely decimated the opposition.

KKR had a nightmare start to the tournament in contrast, being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their opening game. However, they bounced back very well with impressive victories over Rajasthan Royals Sunrisers. Shubman Gill is back to top form now, but the most encouraging aspect of KKR currently is the brilliant form of their young Indian bowlers- Nagarkoti, Mavi and Varun, which makes them a very balanced side going ahead in the tournament.  They lost the previous game to in-form Delhi Capitals but put up a tough fight and scored over 200 runs.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

CSK and KKR both are equally poised at 1.90 to win this match, as per Bet 365. This is because both these teams have seen an upturn in form of late, especially with their batting. CSK’s openers single-handedly defeated KXIP in their previous match, while the likes of Gill and Morgan are keeping KKR afloat in big games.

Top Team Batsman

Youngster Shubman Gill is the favourite to be KKR’s top scorer in this match, as he is widely considered to be their most consistent batsman and played a brilliant innings in the previous 2 matches, and has odds of 3.60. England captain Morgan and danger man Andre Russel have odds of 5.00 each, and both are back in form.

Faf Du Plessis is the favourite from CSK to be the top scorer, with odds of 3.50, while his fellow opener Shane Watson, has odds of 4.33. Both these senior members of the squad destroyed the Kings XI bowling attack in the previous match, as CSK won by 10 wickets. The impressive and consistent Rayudu has odds of 4.50,

Highest Opening Partnership

CSK are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, after the heroics of Du Plessis and Watson in the previous match, as they recorded an incredible opening partnership of 181 to win the match by 10 wickets against KXIP.

Top Team Bowler

Sam Curran is the favourite from CSK to be the top bowler at 4.00, followed by experienced leggie Piyush Chawla at 4.33.

The most expensive purchase at this season’s auction, Pat Cummins is the favourite at 3.75 to be KKR’s top bowler, followed by Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine at 5.00 each.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 321.5 runs in this match are 1.61, as per Bet 365. This is a pretty attractive bet as CSK’s openers seems to be in red-hot form, while KKR’s top-order seems to be in good form, as does Andre Russel.

Individual Player Betting

  • Shane Watson to score more than 20.5 runs has odds of 1.72 , which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue on his brilliant innings. Shubhman Gill to score more than 21.5 runs has odds of 1.83 , which is a tempting bet as he seems to be in great form.
  • CSK to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.85, which is likely as Watson and Du Plessis are big hitters, and Dhoni at his best can be fairly destructive as well. KKR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.00, which depends Morgan and Russel primarily.
  • Pat Cummins to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.50, while Sam Curran to take just one wicket has odds of 1.57.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • CSK to win the match @1.90
  • CSK to hit the most sixes @1.85
  • CSK to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
  • Cummins to be KXIP’s top wicket-taker @3.75
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Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly balanced with 1 wicket-keeper, 5 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers:

Wicket Keeper – MS Dhoni

We have picked MS Dhoni as he has been regularly piling up runs in the lower order for CSK, and can give valuable points. He also has the tendency to pick up a lot of wicket-keeper points with his stumping skills and quick reflexes.

Batsmen

Faf Du Plessis is CSK’s favourite to be the top batsman at 3.50 and we have captained him for that reason, while Watson is the second favourite at 4.33. They both piled up an opening stand of 181 in the previous match, and can’t be dropped after that. Both of them make their way in our team, as do Morgan, Rana and Gill, KKR’s famous top order which can destroy any bowling attack.


All-Rounders

Andre Russell and Sam Curran are 2 big-hitting all-rounders who can also chip in with important wickets. Their six-hitting abilities guarantee a lot of bonus points, and both of them can single-handedly change the course of the match. They offer plenty of balance in our team as well. Russel is our VC to maximize his all-round potential.

Bowling

Our bowling lineup is led by Shardul Thakur, who is in exceptional form. KKR youngsters Nagarkoti and Varun provide cheap yet effective options to complete our lineup.


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Akshay Malhotra

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