Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals — Free-Falling Kolkata Set for Another Difficult Outing Opposite Buttler’s Rajasthan

May 2, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 47
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Knight Riders
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Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals

Kolkata Knight Riders have officially surpassed Mumbai Indians to become the holders of the longest active losing streak in the IPL this season. They’ve lost five straight and next up for them are Rajasthan Royals, whom they face on May 2 (Monday) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Kolkata Knight Riders

We’re in May and Kolkata last won an IPL match on April 6. That’s almost an entire month in a two-month long tournament without a win.

During this sequence, their lowest score has been 148, which is not the worst total by any means and shows that their batters have not been horrific. The blame goes more to their bowlers, who have conceded two 200+ scores in this run. Two of those five defeats have been close as well, which tells us that luck has also not been on their side.

The result is that Kolkata are now more a part of the bottom three that includes Mumbai and Chennai than the other seven above them.

Venkatesh Iyer, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Ajinkya Rahane – neither of those are doing much, forcing KKR into trying a series of changes, including batting order reshuffles and what not. Shreyas Iyer and Umesh Yadav have been the two exceptions to their non-performing locals.

Rajasthan Royals

On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals were riding a three-match winning streak until it got snapped in their last outing, which was against Mumbai Indians of all the teams.

The third-place Royals now carry the stain of being the only side to be beaten by the league’s worst side so far this season.

They owe their high position on the points table to two stars: Jos Buttler, who leads the scoring charts and Yuzvendra Chahal, who is atop the wicket-takers’ list.

Take those two out and Royals’ would become a completely different outfit. It’s time that some of their other capable players such as Shimron Hetmyer, captain Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal start pulling their weight.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Kolkata Knight Riders Rajasthan Royals
PariMatch 2.08 1.75
PariPesa 2.158 1.778
Sportsbet.io 2.08 1.76
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Rajasthan are flying high so it’s only fair that they are the favourites for this IPL fixture. Parimatch has Rajasthan priced at 1.75 and Kolkata at 2.08. Paripesa has Rajasthan available for 1.778 and Kolkata for 2.158. Lastly, Sportsbet has Rajasthan priced at 1.76 and Kolkata at 2.08.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Rajasthan Royals to win @ 1.778

In their defeat to Mumbai, Rajasthan were 15 to 20 runs short, and it was down to their top order, including Buttler taking their time to get going. It was a rare sluggish knock from Buttler. The kind of form he is in, it likely won’t happen again. And if it doesn’t, then Rajasthan have enough firepower to post a big score. The odds for this play have been sourced from Paripesa.

Tip: Sunil Narine to score more than 12.5 runs @ 1.87

Sunil Narine absolutely loves it against his fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin – something reflected in the fact that he has smashed him for 60 runs in this format off just 22 balls. Granted that he was out on a duck in their last meeting but he was run out so it’s not like he has a weakness against Rajasthan or anything. The point spread for this play is very reasonable and certainly worth a punt. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.


The last match between these two was won by Rajasthan but it was very close and decided in the last over. It means Kolkata do have hope but in the end we see Rajasthan coming out on top again.

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