Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lahore Lions, Champions League T20 2014 – Cricket Betting Tips

Kolkata Knight Riders won their first match against Chennai Super Kings, courtesy of a whirlwind knock by Andre Russels. Andre Russels would not have even made it to the playing 11 if not for some missing names from the KKR team. Both Shakib-Al-Hasan and Senanayake are out of the competition due to bans. So, it was a great way for Andre Russels to prove his worth by playing a match winning knock. Ryan Ten Doeschate also played a solid innings to take his team over the finishing line. They have now won ten out of the last ten matches and will be high on confidence as they take on Lahore Lions next.

Lahore Lions beat Mumbai Indians and Southern Express in the qualifying round to make it to the group stage of the tournament. But, they were really exposed in their match against Northern Knights as they were shot out for a mere 98 by some fantastic fast bowling by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Lahore Lions will be seen as an inconsistent side in the tournament, just like Pakistani teams have the same reputation. It will be difficult for them to win this tournament if they do not bat better against the big teams.

Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal will be expected to play a huge role with the bat along with captain Hafeez. Hafeez can play impactful innings but he has not been consistent of late. He has been bowling well and is a key asset in the bowling department. Wahab Riaz and Cheema look in good rhythm so the bowling is well settled for Lahore Lions. But, they have a tendency to take things lightly and play below par as a result. Their fielding is also not the best in the tournament so they have to work harder to get to the next stage.

The most proficient batsman for KKR in IPL 2014 was Robin Uthappa. Interestingly, he did not play in the opening game against Chennai Super Kings. KKR still managed to pull off a win against the former IPL and CLT20 champions thanks to their international recruits. They look like the team to beat in this competition as they are on a high of winning the IPL for the second time this year. They are one of the toughest teams and should not find it difficult to post their second victory in the competition against Lahore Lions.

Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders, 1.53 @ Bet365