IPL Cricket: Stokes Set to Star

Today’s IPL clash sees Rising Pune Supergiant host Kolkata Knight Riders, looking to avenge last year’s defeats, both home and away.

Pune currently lie fourth in the table, but are on a roll having won their last three games, including defeating highly rated Mumbai Indians last time out.

Now they take on the Knight Riders, who are flying high in second position in the league. KKR thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore last time out, bowling them out for 49, the lowest total in IPL history.

However, KKR are resting Nathan Coulter-Nile, the bowler who did the most damage then, and we look to Pune to take advantage of this.

The home team invested a lot of its cash in the pre-tournament auction on England all rounder Ben Stokes. It’s fair to say he has taken time to get going, but his death bowling and athletic fielding won him the man of the match award last time out.

With confidence on the up, we look for Stokes to continue to justify his hefty fee. He is priced at 10/1 to be man of the match with Paddy Power.

Recommendation: Ben Stokes to be man if the match at 10/1, Paddy Power

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