Series: Indian Premier League, 2018 Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur Date & Time: May 08, 08:00 PM LOCAL
- IPl Betting Tips The overseas contingent of Rajasthan Royals has looked out of sorts
- The opening pair of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle has been the best in the tournament
- Rajasthan’s top five may find it difficult to deal with the Punjab’s spinners as was the case in the previous matchKL Rahul struck a brilliant fifty and rediscovered his form to help Kings XI Punjab post a comfortable six-wicket win over rajsthan at Indore on Sunday. Rahul cracked 75* to help Punjab chase down a target of 153. The win helped Punjab move to third spot in points table with 12 points behind SRH and CSK.
Punjab chase had began badly with Chris Gayle departing early for 8. Mayank Agarwal too fell early for 2. Rahul then combined with Karun Nair to stitch a valuable 50-run stand for the third wicket before the latter fell for 23-ball 31 with 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Usually we are keen to take on the favourite. And given that it’s Kings XI, a unit we have doubts about ranging from middle-over wicket-talking to fielding, there should be no hesitation.
But this is Rajasthan. Can we trust them here after consistently under-performing? The best advice is to keep stakes sensible and only wager if the toss goes their way. There is a heavy bias for the chaser here and that has to be on Rajasthan’s – and our – side. Their price will take a hit but 2.10 should still be available.
Betfair Sportsbook don’t appear to have noticed that Buttler has opened in the last two matches. It would be a surprise if he didn’t again here given he has notched two fifties from that position in the last two. The 5/1 that he top scores should not be missed, even though we suspect he may find it hard to perform three games in a row. He should be about the same mark as Short, who is 11/4.
For Kings top runscorer it’s difficult to look past Rahul and Gayle who have scored more than 50 per cent of their team’s runs this season. Rahul gets a 11/4 quote and Gayle 2/1 with Betfair Sportsbook. Rahul is the better value because he is more consistent. Rahul is 10/11 to bust 24.5 runs and Gayle the same for 27.5. We are tempted to short Gayle on that line because he might not be able to strike with freedom.