Inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) square off against two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in match 30 of IPL 2022. The match will be played on Monday, April 18, starting from 7:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2022 standings

Rajasthan Royals are fourth in the IPL 2022 standings with six points from five matches.

Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, are placed sixth with six points from as many matches.

Both teams are coming into the match on the back of heavy defeats. While RR went down to newcomers Gujarat Titans by 37 runs, KKR received a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

RR vs KKR IPL 2022 odds

  • Dafabet: Rajasthan Royals 1.86, Kolkata Knight Riders 2.00
  • Bet365: Rajasthan Royals 1.80, Kolkata Knight Riders 2.00
  • 10Cric: Rajasthan Royals 1.81, Kolkata Knight Riders 1.96
  • Parimatch: Rajasthan Royals 1.82, Kolkata Knight Riders 1.96
  • 1xBet: Rajasthan Royals 1.86, Kolkata Knight Riders 2.06

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders head-to-head

Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have gone head-to-head on 25 different occasions in the IPL. KKR hold a slight advantage in the head-to-head record with 13 wins compared to RR’s 11. One match was abandoned.

Last season, RR won the first meeting between the two teams by six wickets but KKR came out on top in the two’s second meeting by 86 runs.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders probable playing XI

RR: Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, Ravi Ashwin, James Neesham, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen.

KKR: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders top picks

RR: Jos Buttler has been the standout batter for the inaugural champions in IPL 2022, having hammered 272 runs in five innings so far. The Englishman already has two half-centuries and a ton this season and will be the major headache for KKR bowlers.

In the bowling department, India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been the wrecker-in-chief for RR, already having scalped 12 wickets at an average of 11.33.

KKR: West Indian power-hitter Andre Russell (179 runs in five innings) and captain Shreyas Iyer (151 in six innings) have been the dual pillar of the otherwise disappointing KKR batting line-up in IPL 2020.

Pacer Umesh Yadav has been KKR’s go-to man with the ball as the India international already has taken 10 wickets in six matches, whilst conceding just 163 runs.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2022 prediction

Rajasthan Royals have slightly better odds than Kolkata Knight Riders in Monday’s encounter, despite the latter boasting a slightly better head-to-head record against their opponents.

More than anything, the current form is the factor tipping the scale in RR’s favour. Though they lost in their last match, Sanju Samson’s charges have won three of their last four outings this season. KKR, meanwhile, have lost their last two matches back-to-back.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 32°C

Precipitation: 10%

Humidity: 64%

Wind: 21 km/h