Placed seventh and eighth in the table respectively, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will go toe-to-toe with each other at the Wankhede on Saturday. The future for these two sides look bleak, but you can transform yours bright overnight by placing these three bets from the game.
Rajasthan to score under 48.5 in the powerplay @ 1.90
One way or the other, we end up coming back to the Rajasthan batting - more specifically, the top order - don’t we? This bet may confuse you as tomorrow’s game is a Wankhede contest, but make no mistake, this is a very safe one to place. RR have scored an average of just 40.5 runs per game in the powerplay this season and have struck at a mere 108.33, which is the joint worst figures in the league. Their powerplay numbers are, in fact, inflated by their showing in game one in Punjab, minus which they’ve averaged 34.33 runs per innings. Despite playing on a belter of a wicket at the Wankhede only two days ago, 32 was all the managed in the first six and that was primarily because of their tendency to collapse up-front. RR, this season, have lost a wicket once every 15.60 runs - no team has lost a powerplay wicket more frequently. They also have a pretty underwhelming recent record versus KKR, having posted just 41 and 39 in the powerplay in the last two H2H matches, so they won’t be taking confidence from that stat, either. The RR batting is brittle and that is precisely why you need to head to sky247.com and back them to score UNDER 48.5 runs in the first six overs.
Jos Buttler to score over 26.5 runs @ 1.90
28, 0, 83*, 9, 52, 25, 2, 49, 8. Ummm, see a pattern here? That’s Jos Buttler’s most recent scores in all T20 cricket. He has clicked every alternate innings and in his last game he scored 8 runs, which can only mean one thing - that he will fire come Saturday. We are kidding. Or maybe not. But the point here is that it’ll be wise to back the Englishman to come good. Even eliminating this spooky coincidence, Buttler has the backing of other, more valid numbers. He averages 34.3 vs KKR in H2H matches and has passed the magic number, 26.5, in 3 of the last 4 H2H clashes. The last H2H clash, in fact, saw Buttler top-scoring for Rajasthan. Buttler loves the Wankhede too - former MI player, after all - and in his last 6 innings at the venue has maintained a remarkable average of 53.4. With Mumbai producing absolute belter in the past three games, expect Buttler to strongly bounce back from his failures and register a telling performance versus the Knight Riders. Head to sky247.com right now to capitalize on this market.
Kolkata to hit over 7.5 sixes in the game @ 1.78
Will Kolkata win tomorrow? Not sure. Will Kolkata qualify for the playoffs? We can’t quite predict yet. Will Kolkata hit more than 7.5 sixes? Abso-hecking-lutely. In 4 games this season, KKR have hit a staggering 34 sixes - no other side has hit more sixes; not even MI and PBKS, who have played an extra game. KKR have played one match at the Wankhede this season - their last one - and in that they smoked 14 sixes. FOURTEEN. That is right. Wankhede has also been a six-hitting paradise this season, with the venue overseeing 7.75 sixes being hit per innings. If you take the last 3 matches at the venue, 58 sixes have been hit, which roughly translates to an average of 9.66 per innings. With RR also in fine six-conceding form - they conceded 9 in their previous game - and with Andre Russell back to his destructive best, expect sixes to pour tomorrow. It’d be absolutely insane to not head to sky247.com immediately and back KKR to hit over 7.5 sixes.