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IPL 2020 Match 54 – Rajasthan Royals VS Kolkata Knight Riders Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 54th match of the 2020 IPL season is arguably the most important match of the season so far, with a top 4 place at stake. The winner of the match between KKR and RR will almost definitely qualify for the play-offs, so this is essentially the same as a quarter final. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective with odds provided by LeoVegas India.

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • RR to win the match @1.85
  • RR to hit the most sixes @2.00
  • RR to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
  • Archer to take 2 or more wickets @2.00
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FAQ

Why should I bet on RR to win this match at 1.85 ?
RR seems to be in great form, and almost seemed invincible in their last 2 matches against MI and KXIP. KKR on the other hand struggled in their last 2 matches, and are now facing an uphill battle to finish in the top 4.
Why should I bet on RR to hit the most sixes at 2.00 ?
Ben Stokes is back to his big-hitting best, and Samson, Tewatia, Archer and Buttler all can clear the ropes.
Why should I bet on Archer to take 2 or more wickets @2.00 ?
Archer is one of the most feared bowlers in the league right now, and is the second highest wicket taker in the race for the Purple Cap. He has been RR’s top bowler in 5 matches already, hence this is a safe bet.

History

Rajasthan Royals were the inaugural winners of the IPL, back in 2008. However, they have consistently struggled ever since. Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL title twice, and are one of the most unpredictable teams in the league. These two teams have met each other 22 times, and KKR have won 11 matches, while RR have won 10, with one match being abandoned However, KKR have a much better record of late, winning 5 of their previous 6 clashes. They also won their previous match against RR earlier this season comfortably.

Team News

Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball.

The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. They had lost 4 matches in a row, but came back brilliantly against SRH to move up to 6th in the table. However, another damaging defeat to table-toppers DC put them back in 7th place. RCB beat them convincingly recently, however they came back strongly against CSK to move up to 6th in the table. Things soured again though, with a one-sided defeat against SRH as they dropped to 7th again. They have beaten MI and KXIP in their last 2 matches in impressive fashion.

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 won their next game against Chennai with a narrow margin after a spirited bowling performance. KKR then clinched a thriller against KXIP by just 2 runs, as captain Dinesh Karthik finally produced the goods to take his team home. However, KKR were hammered by 82 runs against RCB, and followed that up with another crushing defeat against Mumbai Indians. In true unpredictable fashion, they bounced back straight away with an assured display against SRH in the following match to win their 5th match this season.

However, they followed that up with their worst performance of the season as they could manage to score just 84 runs against RCB in a shattering defeat. They bounced straight back with a very impressive victory over high-flying Delhi Capitals, before losing in a one-sided match against in-form KXIP.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

RR are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.85 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising as they are in great form of late, with back to back impressive victories over MI and KXIP, the 2 most in-form teams in the tournament. KKR are 1.95 to win this one, and have been in poor form of late.

Top Team Batsman

Youngster Shubman Gill is again 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 a couple of matches, and has odds of 3.75 England captain Morgan and fellow middle-order batsman Nitish Rana both have odds of 4.50. 

Jos Buttler is still the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.75.  He was their top scorer as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.50, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.50. A century in the last match by Ben Stokes has made him the second-favourite at 4.00, as per LeoVegas

Highest Opening Partnership

RR are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership as Stokes and Uthappa have started to form a prolific partnership up top, and are in form as well. KKR have struggled with their opening partnerships of late.

Top Team Bowler

The most expensive purchase at this season’s auction, Pat Cummins is the favourite to be the top bowler from KKR at 4.00, followed by Lockie Ferguson at 3.75 and Sunil Narine at 4.50.

On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.00, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.33 and leggie Shreyas Gopal at 4.50.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 328.5 runs in this match are 1.66, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and have scored plenty of runs this season..

Individual Player Betting

  • Nitish Rana to score more than 26.5 runs also has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form. Buttler to score more than 23.5 runs also has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like improve his current form.
  • RR to hit the most sixes depends heavily on Stokes, Buttler and Tewatia, and the odds are 2.00. KKR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.15, which is understandable as they have Morgan and Rana, who prefer the aerial route more often than not.
  • Cummins to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.50, while Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.00, which is attractive as he is in form.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • RR to win the match @1.85
  • RR to hit the most sixes @2.00
  • RR to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
  • Archer to take 2 or more wickets @2.00
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Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly balanced with 2 wicket-keepers, 3 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 4 bowlers.

Wicket Keeper – Buttler and Samson

Buttler is one of the finest limited-overs batsmen in the world, and can single-handedly win matches for his side. He is also the favourite to be RR’s top scorer. Samson is an explosive young Indian keeper-batsman who can take the game away from the opposition.

Batsmen

From RR we have included the dependable Steve Smith. From KKR we have included Nitish Rana (VC) and Eoin Morgan , both played big innings in the previous match.


All-Rounders

From RR we have taken Ben Stokes, as he opens the innings with the bat and also bowls a few key overs in every match. He hit a century against MI, and hence we have captained him. Along with him is Tewatia, a leg spinner with the ability to hit big sixes as well.

Bowling

Our bowling line-up is led by Archer (3.00 to be RR’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. We have also included Varun, Cummins and Ferguson from KKR.

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