IPL Cricket: Pollard to Shine

Today’s IPL clash sees Mumbai Indians host Kings XI Punjab, in a crucial clash for both sides.

The visitors kept their playoff hopes alive with a win yesterday, but still need to win their remaining two matches to qualify. Mumbai, by contrast, have already qualified for the playoffs, but have yet to book a key top two place.

The hosts won the away fixture earlier this season and have beaten King’s XI in seven of the last 10 meetings.

We at Lap of the Odds expect them to do so again, and look for the man of the match to come from their ranks.

Trinidadian all rounder Kieron Pollard is a somewhat dangerous bet to be top runs scorer for the Indians, as we know to our cost. He is often used as a floating batsman and may only get to the crease after a teammate has scored well.

Pollard is best priced at 8/1 to be his team’s top runs scorer, but we will take the 20/1 Stan James offers (12/1 most other places) that he is named man of the match. He has the ability and strength to score very quickly, potentially making the key difference.

Recommendation: Pollard to win man of the match at 20/1, Stan JamesĀ 

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