The Rajasthan Royals will seek to end what little remains of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ 2019 Indian Premier League finals hopes and climb out of the bottom two when the sides meet on Friday night at Eden Gardens.
These two teams are filled with some of the most incredible, devastating talents the shortest form of the game has ever seen, but have failed to climb the IPL table so far this season.
The Knight Riders field one of the form players of the competition, West Indian blaster Andre Russell, along with Australian opener Chris Lynn, deadly Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Carlos Brathwaite.
The two sides have met once so far in this IPL campaign — a match which the Knight Riders won easily by eight wickets with more than six overs remaining.
Will history repeat in this important encounter?
As we reach the business end of the 2019 IPL season, we’re here to find value for punters in the batting markets.
Rajasthan vs Kolkata best bat betting options – IPL match 43
Rajasthan Royals top bat — Steve Smith @ +300
Australian cricket fans taking note of the IPL would be liking the form of former captain Steve Smith, who has returned from his international ban and has quietly gone about notching runs and improving with every hit out.
When these two sides last met, Smith starred with 73 from 59 balls in a losing effort and has shown a penchant to enjoy Kolkata’s bowling attack.
The 29-year-old is coming into the match with two half centuries and has improved his strike rate, showing signs of returning to the kind of belligerent hitting that made him the world’s best batsmen just a year ago.
We expect Smith’s hot form to continue here and at +300, he’s value to do the business for the Royals.
Kolkata Knight Riders top bat — Andre Russell @ +400
Russell has single-handedly kept Kolkata’s season alive at this point of IPL 2019 with some cameo batting performances that would have to be seen to be believed.
After some match-saving and match-winning knocks in the middle and even late order, we expect Russell to get his wish to bat higher in the lineup against Rajasthan on Friday.
If he gets that opportunity, expect a man on a mission, perhaps not as much risk and a statement innings from the powerful Jamaican.
Rajasthan vs Kolkata IPL 2019 match 43 match result & betting predictions
Rajasthan to win: +139 at 5Dimes
Kolkata may have the superior form and more to play for, but we’re backing in the Royals to cause an upset here. The Knight Riders have struggled with expectation all season and will fail at this hurdle. Look for Steve Smith to set Australian tongues wagging ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
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