The 2022 season of the Indian Premier League is finally getting underway with a blockbuster match-up between last season’s finalists Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. Reigning champions CSK would be looking to extend their superior head-to-head record against the Knight Riders, after beating them thrice in a row last season, including in the final, to win their 4th IPL title. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective with odds provided by Casumo.
|Chennai Super Kings to win.
|Kolkata Knight Riders to win 1.92; Chennai Super Kings to win 1.78 @ Casumo Sport.
KKR have won the IPL twice before, while Chennai Super Kings have won the title four times. These 2 teams have faced off 26 times in total, with CSK winning 17 of those, and KKR winning 8, with one match being abandoned. CSK has won the last 4 matches between these teams in a row, and last year beat KKR by 27 runs in the final.
Chennai Super Kings decided to retain 4 very strong players in talismanic captain MS Dhoni, in-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, the young star Ruturaj Gaekwad, and English all-rounder Moeen Ali, meaning their squad already had a solid core before the 2022 IPL Auction.
They also ended up releasing some major long-serving stars like Suresh Raina, Shardul Thakur and FAF Du Plessis, while they managed to buy back Dwayne Bravo and Santner in the auction. CSK also spent big to acquire the services of Chris Jordan, Deepak Chahar, Shivam Dube etc.
Kolkata Knight Riders retained the services of Andre Russel, Varun Chakaravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine. They bought back Nitish Rana and Pat Cummins, while also splashing big on Shreyas Iyer, former Delhi Capitals captain who cost a whopping 12.25 crores. They have also added Ajinkya Rahane to ensure a very solid batting line-up.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
CSK are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.78 as per Casumo, as they are the reigning champions and have a very solid squad. Kolkata also have a very strong squad but are 1.92 to win this match, based on CSK’s strong core.
Top Team Batsman
Ruturaj Gaekwad is the favourite from CSK to be the top scorer, with odds of 3.50, while Devon Conwoy has odds of 3.75. The impressive Moeen Ali has odds of 4.00.
Both Iyers are the favourites for KKR to be the top scorers, with Venkatesh Iyer at 3.75 and Shreyas Iyer at 4.00.
Highest Opening Partnership
CSK are favourites at 1.84 to have the highest opening partnership as Gaekwad is a spectacular opener and in form.
KKR have odds of 1.98 to have the highest opening partnership as their opening pairing is uncertain as of now.
Top Team Bowler
Deepak Chahar is the favourite from CSK to be the top bowler at 4.00, followed by experienced pacer Josh Hazelwood at 5.00.
In the absence of Pat Cummins, Tim Southee is the favourite to be the top bowler from KKR at 4.00, followed by Sunil Narine at 4.50.
Total Runs In The Match
Odds of there being more than 328.5 runs in this match are 1.71, as per Casumo. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and have scored plenty of runs this season.
Individual Player Betting
- Gaekwad to score more than 26.5 runs has odds of 1.87, which is tempting while Shreyas Iyer to score more than 26.5 runs also has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form.
- KKR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.00, which is understandable as they have Russel and Rana, who prefer the aerial route more often than not. CSK to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.10, which can be tempting with Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Dwayne Bravo all capable of hitting many sixes.
- Southee to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.30, which is attractive as he can snap up key middle-over wickets. Chahar to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.40, which is attractive as he can bowl in the powerplay as well as death overs.
Our Top Betting Picks
- CSK to win the match @1.78
- KKR to hit the most sixes @2.00
- CSK to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.84
- Southee to take 2 or more wickets @2.30
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Q1. Why should I bet on CSK to win this match at 1.78 ?
Ans – CSK have won their last 4 matches against KKR in a row, and have retained 4 extremely strong players to ensure a solid core.
Q2. Why should I bet on KKR to hit the most sixes at 2.00 ?
Ans – Russel, Rana and Narine are big hitting players, who can easily clear the ropes. Even Pat Cummins has started to whack some beautiful shots all over the pitch.
Q3. Why should I bet on Southee to take 2 or more wickets @2.30 ?
Ans – Pat Cummins won’t be playing the first match, and will be replaced by Tim Southee as the main strike bowler.