The second of Sunday’s IPL matches sees Kolkata Knight Riders clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In the outright betting the Knight Riders have been trading around 11/2 and the Royal Challengers are well fancied at around 9/2. We have a whole host of pre-tournament markets which can be viewed here.
KKR made the play offs last year, squeezing into fourth spot and then winning their eliminator before exiting at the second qualifier stage to eventual winners Mumbai. The Knight Riders have been a regular fixture in the play offs over recent times and they last won this trophy in 2014. This season they have a new look squad with a number of their seniors from previous tournaments having moved on. Dinesh Karthik leads the side and Andre Russell is back in action but they will miss new recruit Mitchell Starc who is injured.
Squad: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran.
RCB have yet to break their duck in terms of winning this trophy. We have become used to seeing them start as outright favourites but despite 3 runners up berths, they have generally disappointed. That was certainly the case last year when they won just 3 of the round robin matches, losing 10 and no result was possible in the other match.
With Kohli and AB De Villiers in the squad they are once again well tipped up and this time around the bowling unit looks stronger including spin options of Moeen Ali, Sundar and Chahal.
Squad: Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Parthiv Patel, Anirudha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee, Corey Anderson
Head to Head
Matches 21, KKR wins 12, RCB wins 9
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Kolkata Knight Riders 11/10
Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/10
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
RCB will be especially keen to put a nightmare 230117 campaign behind them and against a much changed KKR unit they get the vote to make a winning start.
Bet: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win at 7/10 Bet Here