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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions & Tips - Knight Riders tipped to come out on top

  • Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders predictions for Saturday's IPL cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Mumbai at 15:00 BST
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have won 4 of their last 5 matches against the Royals
  • I am backing the Kolkata Knight Riders to win this fixture
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Ralph Staniforth 23 Apr 2021
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Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions


Both sides have an identical win/loss record but the Royals are struggling in the absence of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. My best bet is for the Knight Riders to get the win in this one.

  • Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler has scored 25 and 49 runs in 2 of his last 3 matches.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have won 4 of their last 5 matches against the Rajasthan Royals.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana has scored 80 & 57 runs in 2 of his last 4 matches.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell hit 6 sixes in his last match.

Head to Head


Kolkata Knight Riders have won four of their last five IPL fixtures against the Rajasthan Royals. Last season the Knight Riders did the double on the Royals, winning comfortably on both occasions by 60 and 37 runs respectively.

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Rajasthan Royals have only managed one win from their four matches thus far which sees them bottom of the IPL table.

They batted first in their last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai. The Royals made a terrible start and found themselves at 43-4. Shivam Dube (46) and Rahul Tewatia (40) rescued the cause to lead them to a 177 run total.

The total was never going to be enough against a very strong RCB batting lineup and on a flat pitch. The bowlers failed to make any inroads as the Royal Challengers won by 10 wickets with three and a half overs to spare.

Rajasthan Royals Injuries & Team News


The Royals are struggling for consistency from their batsman. David Miller, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson have all produced some superb innings’ but they can’t seem to score runs back-to-back.

With Jofra Archer still injured and Ben Stokes out of the competition, the Royals are a bit short on options.

Kolkata Knight Riders Form


The Kolkata Knight Riders are level on points with the Rajasthan Royals on the Indian Premier League table. They have also only managed one win in their opening four fixtures.

In their last match the Knight Riders bowled first against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. It was a disappointing effort as the Super Kings reached a mammoth 220 in 20 overs. Varun Chakravarthy was again the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-27 in four overs.

The Knight Riders then conspired to collapse to 31-5 in the run chase. The match looked all but over but Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins almost got the Knight Riders home with some incredible shots.

Karthik scored 40 off 24 balls while Russell managed 54 off just 22 deliveries. Towards the back end it was Pat Cummins who stole the show, hitting 66 off 34 balls.

Unfortunately the Australian allrounder ran out of partners as the Knight Riders were bowled out for 202, losing by 18 runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders Injuries & Team News


Sunil Narine came in for Shakib Al Hasan in the Knight Riders last fixture. They are likely to stick with him for another match.

The top order will need to find some runs with only Nitish Rana showing some consistency.

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Verdict

The Rajasthan Royals have struggled with injuries to key players so I'm backing the Knight Riders to win. Jos Buttler is tipped to top score for the Riders.

Nitish Rana has been the only consistent batsman for Rajasthan Royals. He is backed to top score for his team and in the match.

Best Bet: Knight Riders Win Result @-125.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Knight Riders Batsman Tip: Jos Buttler Best Knight Riders Batsman @240.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Rajasthan Royals Batsman Tip: Nitish Rana Best Rajasthan Royals Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Nitish Rana Top Match Batsman @850.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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